Ecosystem Overview (Agri&Food in the Canton of Fribourg 1/11)
26 January 2024
“Agri&Food in the Canton of Fribourg” is an 11-part video series that delves into the vibrant and evolving agrifood sector of the canton of Fribourg.
In “Ecosystem Overview”, Jerry Krattiger unveils the profound impact of the agrifood sector on Fribourg’s economy. Accounting for 10% of jobs, 7.5% of GDP, and 17% of exports, this sector stands as a cornerstone of the regional economy.
Fribourg’s economic development strategy, focusing on bioeconomy and biomass valorization, positions the agrifood sector at its core. With an impressive density of approximately 290 companies ranging from large to small scales, the region outshines others in Switzerland in terms of industry concentration. This is supported by a strong agricultural base, with over 2,000 farms.
Krattiger highlights Fribourg’s unique strengths in producing key export items like coffee, chocolate, and cheese. These products not only symbolize the canton’s cultural identity but also contribute significantly to its economic vitality. Furthermore, the bioeconomy, encompassing a third of Fribourg’s jobs and GDP, underscores the sector’s pivotal role.
From the robust economic impact and innovative strategies to the sustainable practices and collaborative efforts shaping the future of agrifood in the region, each episode of the “Agri&Food in the canton of Fribourg” video series provides unique insights into why Fribourg is fast becoming a leading hub for agrifood and agritech innovation.