The OECD Food Chain Network is a platform for dialogue, analytical work and policy experiences on issues of relevance to the food chain, such as sustainability, health, competition, and transparency among others.
The Network brings together government officials, industry stakeholders, NGOs, other IGOs and academic experts. Industry participation is coordinated through the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) with efforts to engage more of the downstream distribution and retail actors.
5th OECD Food Chain Analysis Network Meeting
The meeting will attempt to provide an overview of key elements determining the distribution of value along the modern food chain, including price formation and their relationship to classic competition issues.
It asks how can agents capture their fair share of value while promoting efficiency and transparency in the food system?
Information for participants
Session I: Setting the scene
Chair: Céline Giner, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
Agri-food systems have undergone major changes in behaviour and structure over the past several decades.
Agricultural production must now meet more stringent quality and safety norms with standards that are often imposed by downstream players.
Market power and competition policy in modern agri-food systems continues to be an important issue world-wide and understanding the complex welfare effects of the growth in market concentration is necessary if policy and market strategies over the medium term are to ensure a transparent and efficient food system.
This session will set the scene by identifying some of the most important changes and the challenges these present to governments and the food chain.
Johan Swinnen, K.U. Leuven: Globalisation and Competition in Agri-food Markets
Session II: Competition and value creation along the food chain:
Chair: Linda Fulponi, ex-OECD
Interactions between participants along the food chain have become more complex with globalised and concentrated markets.
This session identifies new avenues of value creation along the chain through rising norms and standards and new mechanisms determining its distribution among players in the chain.
A panel session will be devoted to examining farmers’ cooperatives as a means of constituting countervailing market power to better capture their share of value along the chain.
Eric Giraud-Heraud, INRA/Ecole Polytechnique, and Ruben Hoffman, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: New Look at Competition Issues: the Rise of Norms and Standards.
Bruno Larue, U. Laval : Competitive Value Chains in Canada: Marketing Boards and Concentration along Value chains in Canada.
Session III: Competition and value distribution along the food chain
Chair: John Davies, Head of the Competition Division, OECD
This session will focus on the interactions between actors along the chain from producer to consumer.
How do the various actors along the food chain influence prices?
What is the role for government? (Note: The role of government will be pursued in the OECD Competition Committee’s Roundtable on Competition Issues in the Food Chain Industry to follow in the afternoon.)
Richard Volpe, ERS: Retail Food Price Formation in the US, Presentation
Steve McCorriston, University of Exeter: Price Formation and Price Transmission in the EU. Presentation
Afternoon: OECD Competition Committee Roundtable on Competition Issues in the Food Chain Industry
FCAN participants will be invited to attend the roundtable.
Government delegates should contact their competition counterparts to be part of the national delegation to the OECD 119th Competition Committee.
Industry representatives should coordinate their participation through BIAC.
Academics and other FCAN participants should contact the Roundtable organiser Patricia Heriard-Dubreuil directly (Patricia.HERIARD-DUBREUIL@oecd.org).