Publications & Documents


8-February-2012

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Structural Change in Commodity Markets: Have Agricultural Markets Become Thinner?

Market thinness, where there are few buying or selling offers, can contribute to price volatility. Contrary to general assumptions, agricultural commodity markets have not become 'thinner', according to this study of trade in selected commodities from 1970 to 2010.

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1-February-2012

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OECD Standard Codes for the Official Testing of Agricultural and Forestry Tractors - 2015

OECD Standard Codes allow participating countries to perform tractor tests according to harmonised procedures, and to obtain OECD official approvals which facilitate international trade. They include the testing of tractor performance, driver safety and noise measurement.

14-December-2011

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International Agreements for Commodity Price Stabilisation: An Assessment

Low stocks to use ratios of recent years were one of the contributory factors to the grain price spike in 2007-08, says this paper on international stockholding arrangements with economic provisions for stabilising world agricultural commodity prices.

7-December-2011

English

Agricultural Commodity Price Volatility: An Overview

Recent years have witnessed a sharp increase in many commodity prices. This report examines the question of whether commodity price volatility has materially changed with the rapid run up in world prices in 2006-09, followed by an equally sharp decline in many commodity prices.

6-December-2011

English

Fostering Productivity and Competitiveness in Agriculture

Ensuring stronger productivity growth is essential in responding to increased demand for agricultural products. This report looks at developments in productivity and competitiveness in the agricultural and food processing sectors, focusing on research and development (R&D).

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17-November-2011

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Modelling the Distributional Implications of Agricultural Policies in Developing Countries

No untargeted agricultural policy intervention is pro-poor within the rural economy, says this study of farm households in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Nicaragua and Vietnam using the new Development Policy Evaluation Model (DEVPEM).

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8-November-2011

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Video: Re-energising Global Agricultural Productivity - interview with OECD's Ken Ash

OECD Trade and Agriculture Director Ken Ash speaks with Rose O'Donovan, editor of Agra Focus and Agra Facts, about agricultural productivity, reform of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and ensuring global food security.

7-November-2011

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Risk Management in Agriculture: What Role for Governments?

Agricultural risk management policies should focus on catastrophic risks, according to this overview. Managing normal risk should be the preserve of farmers themselves, not of government policy.

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24-October-2011

English

Agricultural Trade and Employment in South Africa

Agriculture continues to create jobs in rural areas of South Africa, albeit mainly in low-wage occupations, and future trade liberalisation would increase employment in the agricultural sector, according to this study.

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11-October-2011

English, Excel, 135kb

Co-operative Research Programme 2011 fellowships (with reports)

Results and reports for Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) fellowships awarded in 2011

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