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  • 8-February-2012


    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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  • 14-December-2011


    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.

  • 24-October-2011


    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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  • 17-June-2011


    OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020

    Over the coming decade, higher food prices and volatility in commodity markets are here to stay. This raises concerns for economic stability and food security in some developing countries, with poor consumers most at risk of malnutrition, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 10-June-2011

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    Price Volatility in Food and Agricultural Markets: Policy Responses

    Report to the G20, coordinated by the FAO and the OECD and undertaken in a collaborative manner by FAO, IFAD, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD,WFP, the World Bank, the WTO, IFPRI and the UN HLTF.

  • 1-June-2011


    Changing Patterns of Trade in Processed Agricultural Products

    Trade in processed agricultural products, such as chocolates, steaks or wines, has increased between emerging economies, as have exports from emerging to high-income countries. However, trade in these products is still dominated by high-income countries.

  • 4-May-2011


    Regional Trade Agreements - Treatment of Agriculture

    South-South and Latin American regional trade agreements (RTAs) have progressed most in eliminating agricultural trade tariffs. However, the dairy, meat, sugar and cereal sectors are still often protected by exemptions such as tariff rate quotas (TRQs).

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  • 25-January-2011


    Food prices: tackle volatility with better functioning markets, says OECD’s Gurría

    Surging food and commodity prices are undermining efforts to tackle global poverty and hunger and threaten economic growth, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

  • 10-novembre-2010


    Flambées des prix des produits agricoles de base dans les économies émergentes : Les effets potentiels sur les marchés de certaines mesures

    En cas de flambée des prix mondiaux du blé et du riz, trois options – des mesures supplémentaires aux frontières, des subventions à la consommation ou l’utilisation de stocks publics – n’atténuent qu’en partie l’effet d’une flambée des prix sur les consommateurs dans les pays qui y recourent.

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  • 10-August-2010


    Private Financial Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure

    Private financial sector investment in agriculture has increased, mainly because of current prospects for income generation, capital appreciation, and uncorrelated returns with equity markets and as a hedge against inflation. This paper surveys this investment activity and its impacts.

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