Speeches / Presentations


7-June-2011

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The food crisis: beyond agriculture

Food prices are literally a matter of life and death, especially for the poorest of the poor, who already spend up to 80% or 90% of their income on food. Unfortunately, our medium term projections for global supply, demand and prices of agricultural commodities show that most prices look likely to trend significantly higher in the coming decade.

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7-June-2011

English

The food crisis: beyond agriculture

Food prices are literally a matter of life and death, especially for the poorest of the poor, who already spend up to 80% or 90% of their income on food. Unfortunately, our medium term projections for global supply, demand and prices of agricultural commodities show that most prices look likely to trend significantly higher in the coming decade.

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15-June-2010

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Release of the OECD-FAO Agriculture Outlook

In his speech for the release of the OECD-FAO Agriculture Outlook in Rome, Italy, Angel Gurría said that the macroeconomic prospects underlying it are more favourable, supply response has been strong, stocks are healthier and most of the ad hoc restrictions on agricultural exports have been lifted.

16-March-2010

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Water Economics and Financing

In his opening remarks for the book launch for the Horizontal Water Programme, Mr. Gurría underlined that good water management is important for a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy.

26-February-2010

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The role of innovation in feeding the world

Innovation allowed us to continuously increase our ability to produce food for growing populations and remains a key driver of poverty reduction in poor rural economies, according to OECD Secretary-General. But governments need to pay attention to policy issues such as regulation, intellectual property rights and public acceptance of new technologies in order to realise the full potential of existing knowledge.

25-February-2010

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Food and agriculture policies for a sustainable future

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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25-September-2009

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G20 Summit: Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth

Secretary-General Gurría called for the need to agree on common international targets in areas such as innovation and green growth predicting "they could become the overarching umbrella for the G20 Framework’s structural agenda".Gurria's remarks to G20 leaders reflected the fact that the focus on structural policies will constitute the principal element of the OECD's contribution to future work on the G20 Framework Strong, Sustainable

6-May-2009

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Joint OECD-FAO High-Level Meeting on Global Food Security, remarks by OECD Secretary-General

The combined effect of the global credit crunch, falling international trade and investment flows, lower remittances and the effect of budgetary pressures in donor countries’ aid plans, are reversing the progress we had made in combating global poverty and are pushing more people into hunger, according to the OECD Secretary-General. Important emergency measures need to be taken to ensure that more people have access to food

30-January-2009

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The next food crisis – Is it unavoidable?

Since September, the global economic downturn has grabbed public and government attention but the food crisis has not disappeared with the recession and falling commodity prices and remains a priority, according to Mr. Gurría.

15-August-2008

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Joint Statement by the South African Minister of Finance, Trevor A. Manuel, and the OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, regarding Enhanced Engagement between South Africa and the OECD

The world is rapidly transforming and a number of dynamic emerging economies,including South Africa, have become major players and trading partners with the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). In this context, the OECD Members have recognised the need for theOrganisation to become more open and relevant in order to realise its strategicgoal of becoming an important hub for dialogue on globally

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