In his opening remarks at the agriculture ministerial meeting, Angel Gurría said that the main challenge is to define what policy makers can do to create a competitive agro-food sector capable of feeding a growing world and conserving natural resources for future generations.
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Information Note for Venue Busan Korea 10-11 June 2010
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A report on policy options to provide income support and separately to improve environmental performance, as well as the links between environmental regulations, agri-environmental payments and cross compliance in agriculture.
With billions more people to feed, world food production will have to rise by nearly 50 % in the next 20 years. The farming sector will also be faced with diminishing land and water resources and the impact of climate change.
Statements, position papers and a video of the press conference from the meeting of OECD agriculture ministers in Paris on 25-26 February 2010.
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2009 Fellowship - Powles' report
A review of the role of agriculture in the rural economy as indicated by its share in GDP, in employment, in land use and in population, with analysis of the integration of farm households in the rural economy through their diversification activities, on and off the farm.
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OECD publication on farmland conversion, agriculture and land-use policy
Agriculture and climate change: impacts, mitigation and adaptation Background note published for the OECD Agriculture Ministerial Meeting, Paris, 25-26 February 2010
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The Millennium Declaration set 2015 as the target date for halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. This paper examines the role of the agricultural sector and looks at 25 developing countries who have posted extraordinary success in reducing extreme poverty.