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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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A background note on risk management in agriculture, prepared for the OECD Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in 2010.
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The "Review of Agricultural Policies: Israel" assesses the performance of Israeli agriculture over the last two decades, evaluates Israeli agricultural policy reforms and provides recommendations for continuing t he reform process in the future.
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An OECD paper, free to download, explaining agricultural support.
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Agriculture plays a central role in economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. Although aid remains an important driver for development, including rural development, mutually supportive policies across a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues are needed to support development and poverty reduction.Policy incoherences are actions that reduce growth prospects in developing countries and undermine aid
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Chile has made important progress in raising incomes and reducing poverty. Real per capita incomes have more than doubled since the restoration of democracy in 1990, and the incidence of poverty (as measured by the cost of two basic food baskets) has fallen by nearly two-thirds, from 38.6% of the population in 1990 to 13.7% in 2006. Over the same period extreme poverty, as measured by the cost of one basic food basket, has been almost
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Bioenergy and biofuels are of growing public and private interest at a time of rapidly rising world energy demand and high oil prices. Amid concerns over climate change, they are also increasingly under the spotlight as a “cleaner” alternative to fossil fuels.But are biofuels for transport a viable alternative to power our cars, trucks and buses? Do they deliver the expected environmental benefits? And what role should public policy
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Agricultural policies, like all government policy, incur transaction costs – the cost of designing, implementing and evaluating the measure involved. Making this process more efficient and reducing these costs can help ensure that governments are getting the best value for money in implementing these policies.Analysts have long considered transaction costs when trying to make social, environmental and development assistance policies
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A traditional objective of agricultural support policy was to increase production or maintain it at a certain level. Consequently, almost all policies were closely linked to production. Tariffs, export subsidies and other methods were used to support market prices, farmers were given direct payments for boosting production and governments subsidised items such as fertilisers.Since the mid-1980s there has been a move away from these
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This Policy Brief presents the key findings from the Committee for Fisheries work on the impacts of financial support on the sustainable development of the fisheries sector.