Sustainable agriculture

Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Policies: Selected Methodological Issues and Case Studies


Governments are increasingly aware of the importance of monitoring and evaluating their policies − including agri-environmental policies − and are devoting efforts to strengthening their monitoring and evaluation systems and capacities. They aim to improve their performance by establishing evidence-based policy-making, evidence-based management and evidence-based accountability, which will help to improve the design and implementation of policies.

Have agri-environmental and agricultural policies, including cross-compliance and environmental regulations, succeeded in meeting environmental objectives for agriculture in OECD countries (and selected non-OECD countries)? What is the role for governments to encourage farmers to deliver environmental public goods? 

This report presents a selection of papers presented at the OECD Workshop on Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies, held in June 2011 in Braunschweig, Germany.

The report includes case studies of agri-environmental policy evaluation from Belgium, Canada, Finland, Greece, Italy, Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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