OECD Global Forum on Agriculture 2013
Shared Approaches to Measuring the Agricultural Policy Environment
OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 16 December 2013
There have been many attempts to measure and monitor agricultural policy over several decades, from the seminal efforts of the FAO in the early 1970s, the OECD’s PSE/CSE exercise since the early 1980s, and different efforts by other international institutions involved in agricultural policy and development, through to the most recent efforts of the World Bank, IFPRI, the APO, the IADB, and the MAFAP project led by FAO and funded by the Gates Foundation. This Global Forum will bring together experts, international organisations, policy makers and officials to reflect on the ways in which such analyses can assist and guide governments in the choice of their agricultural policies, through the exchange of experiences and information about the lessons learned. In addition the meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion about how consistency and comparability among the different exercises could be improved, on the scope for increased country coverage and about the institutional arrangements at national, regional and global level which could enable countries to maximise benefits from participation. The meeting will be attended by international and regional organisations, and by representatives from selected OECD, emerging and developing countries, as well as a small number of experts and NGOs
Information for participants
Monday, 16 December 2013
Chair: Veli-Pekka Talvela, Global Forum on Agriculture Chair, Director General, Department of Agriculture, Finland
Welcome and introductory remarks - Ken Ash, Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
Session 1. An overview – current coverage, key commonalities and key differences
This first session would set the scene by describing current and recent policy measurement efforts, identifying the main commonalities and differences between the different indicators used by different institutions and researchers and the terminology used to describe them.
- Presentation: Jonathan Brooks, Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
- Discussant: Maximo Torero, Division Director - Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI
Open discussion: all participants
Session 2. Policy insights
In this session, which will take the form of a round table, individual international organisations would briefly highlight the main policy insights garnered from their work as well as the problems (institutional, methodological, data) faced in carrying out the analysis.
- The MAFAP Project of the FAO – Jean Balié, Economist, FAO
- OECD, with emphasis on recent country reviews – Andrzej Kwiecinski, Senior Agriculture Policy Analyst, OECD - PPT
- The “Distortions to Agricultural Incentives” project of the World Bank – Prof. Kym Anderson
- The Asian Productivity Organisation – tbc
- Inter-American Development Bank - Carmen Fernandez, Economist, Inter-American Development Bank
- African Development Bank - Jonas Nwankwo Chianu, Principal Agricultural Economist, African Development Bank
Open discussion: all participants
Session 3. Country experiences
In this session representatives of countries participating in policy measurement and analysis would present their views on the usefulness and pertinence of the exercise. Template
- Indonesia: Tahlim Sudaryanto, Assistant Minister for Internal Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia
- China: Guoqiang Cheng, Secretary-General and Senior Research Fellow, Development Research Centre of the State Council of P.R.C.
- Tanzania: Sophia Kaduma, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives of Tanzania
- Kazakhstan: Guzal Islamshina, Senior Analyst, Analytical Centre of Economic Policy in Agriculture Sector LLC, Kazakhstan
- Burkina Faso: Moussa Kaboré, Secretary-General, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Burkina Faso
- USA: Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, US Department of Agriculture
- Ukraine: Vitaliy Sablouk, Director, Department of Economic Development of the Agricultural Market of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
An opportunity will be provided for other countries present at the forum to speak about their experiences from the floor.
Open discussion: all participants
Session 4. Conclusions and next step
This closing session would discuss how interested international organisations, countries and regional organisations, might take the work forward, with the ambition mentioned above to i) define and agree a core set of comparable indicators, ii) to generate a high level of engagement from countries undergoing review, iii) to increase country and commodity coverage, and iv) to ensure continuity so that benchmarks exist for governments to evaluate developments over time and with respect to other countries.
A panel discussion with representatives from OECD, FAO, IFPRI, NEPAD, the Gates Foundation and selected countries will be followed by an open discussion with all participants.
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About the OECD Global Forum on Agriculture
The agricultural sector remains of primary importance for many non-OECD economies therefore the aim of the Global Forum on Agriculture is to foster an informed dialogue between OECD member and non-member economies on agricultural policies issues. This dialogue is based on regular monitoring and analysis to evaluate and strengthen the process of policy reform and trade liberalisation through forward-looking analysis, and addresses emerging agricultural policy issues.
Themes for the Global Forum on Agriculture have revolved around the linkages between domestic policy reform, trade liberalisation, economic growth and poverty reduction, but the focus has been on agricultural policy.
The issue of policy coherence for development has been addressed, in particular the kinds of policy reforms required in both developed and developing countries to enhance global agricultural trade and to reduce poverty and alleviate hunger. The Forum usually takes a global view and analytical work is examined with respect to the “real world” needs of policy makers.
Participants include official representatives from OECD members and selected non-members. Invitations are also extended to other organisations with which OECD has formal links, including other international organisations, business associations, trade unions and NGOs co-operating with the OECD, and also to a small number of experts providing invited contributions.
- Policy Coherence for Food Security in Developing Countries, Paris, 26 November 2012
- Improving Agricultural Market Information and Analysis for Better Policy Decisions and Enhanced Food Security, Paris, 28 November 2011
- Policies for Agricultural Development, Poverty Reduction and Food Security, Paris, 29-30 November 2010