Sustainable agriculture

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  • Upcoming OECD Expert Workshop

    Against the backdrop of growing global food demand and pressures on natural resources (e.g. land and water), including from climate change, increasing the growth of agricultural productivity has become a policy priority in several countries. The expected output of the Workshop is to receive concrete guidelines from experts as to which data and methods should be used in order to calculate traditional TFP and EATFP for the aggregate agricultural sector for OECD and some non-OECD countries.

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  • Climate Change, Water and Agriculture

    This new report reviews the main linkages between climate change, water and agriculture as a means to identifying and discussing adaptation strategies for better use and conservation of water resources. It aims to provide guidance to decision makers on choosing an appropriate mix of policies and market approaches to address the interaction between agriculture and water systems under climate change.

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  • Green growth indicators for agriculture - A preliminary assessment

    An integral component of any green growth strategy is a highly-reliable set of measurement tools and indicators that would enable policy makers to evaluate how effective policies are. This report is a first step towards developing a framework to monitor progress on green growth in the agricultural sector in OECD countries.

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Sustainable agriculture uses principles of ecology and takes into account the relationships between organisms and their environment. OECD's work focuses on multiple areas in the field including green growth, agri-environmental indicators, and agriculture and climate change.

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  ‌Elinor Ostrom on managing common pool resources

Nobel economics laureate Elinor Ostrom published groundbreaking work on how and why people organise themselves to manage common natural resources.

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Publications

‌‌‌‌Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture

This report is a first step towards developing a framework to monitor progress on green growth in the agricultural sector in OECD countries.

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‌‌‌‌Climate Change, Water and Agriculture

This report reviews the main linkages between climate change, water and agriculture as a means to identifying and discussing adaptation strategies for better use and conservation of water resources.

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Policy Instruments to Support Green Growth in Agriculture

This report synthesises the experience of OECD countries in developing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives related to green growth in the agricultural sector, based primarily on material provided by governments.

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‌‌OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

The compendium provides comprehensive data and analysis on the environmental performance of agriculture in OECD countries since 1990, covering soil, water, air and biodiversity and looking at recent policy developments in all 34 countries.

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‌‌‌‌Water Quality and Agriculture: Meeting the Policy Challenge

This book examines linking policies, farm management and water quality. It looks at recent trends and prospects for water pollution from agriculture and the implications of climate change.

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Key Areas in Sustainable Agriculture

Agri-Environmental Indicators
To help improve measurement of the environmental performance of agriculture, OECD has established a set of agri-environmental indicators, developed in co-operation with Eurostat and FAO. These indicators inform policy makers and society on the state and trends in agri-environmental conditions, and can provide a valuable aid to policy analysis

» Discover the Agri-Environmental Indicators

Green Growth for food, agriculture and fisheries
Global demand for food is estimated to double by 2050. Natural resources for agriculture and fisheries (such as land and water) will come under increasing pressure from urbanisation and industrialisation. Farming and fishing have significant impacts on the environment. Climate change will also have an effect on agriculture and food production. The challenge for policy makers is to meet increasing demands for food and resources while minimising environmental and social pressure.

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Agriculture and Climate Change
Agriculture is one of the few sectors that can both contribute to mitigation and sequestration of carbon emissions and accounting for agriculture’s carbon footprint is necessary, particularly if agriculture is included in greenhouse gas reduction commitments. However, the range and variability of estimates, and the complexity and uncertainty of accounting for indirect land use change remain to be resolved.

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Long-term Scenarios for Agriculture and Food
The future of the agriculture and food system is subject to considerable concerns. Increasing agricultural demand, fuelled by growing and increasingly urbanized population, rising incomes and substantial demands for feedstock commodities for energy and other non-food uses, is confronted by limited resources for agricultural production, such as land and water. Climate change may play an additional role in changing productivity potentials and production systems around the globe.

» Examine Long-term Scenarios for Agriculture and Food

Water use in agriculture
Agriculture is a major user of water resources and also contributes to water pollution from excess nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants. But the competition for water is increasing and the costs of water pollution can be high. Sustainable management of water in agriculture is critical to increase agricultural production, ensure water can be shared with other users and maintain the environmental and social benefits of water systems.

» Explore the issues surrounding water use in agriculture


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