Structural issues along the food chain
OECD work on structural issues and market functioning along the food chain stresses that the policy environment should be supportive of needed structural adjustment while also providing accompanying measures to assist those unable to participate in the transition. The importance of investment in the enabling environment is stressed – particularly in developing and emerging countries – as the best means to assist integration of smallholders into domestic and international markets, including through global value chains. Structural issues beyond the farm gate and throughout the food chain have also been investigated, notably with respect to transparency and price formation issues. Market concentration issues have been looked at, drawing on the expertise and knowledge available through the Food Chain Analysis Network.