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The OECD/Baltic Workshop on "Enhancing Competitiveness in the Agro-Food Sector: Making Policies Work", brought together about 80 participants.
This report contains an analysis of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy agreed by European Member States in June 2003.
The agricultural sector in many OECD countries continues to be characterised by high levels of support and protection. Support to agricultural producers accounted for 32% of total farm receipts -- a slight increase from 2002, but down from 37% from the late 1980s.
China’s rural economy has made enormous progress over the last twenty-five years. But rural finance and institutional reforms are still lagging behind, thus creating the risk of slowing down further rural development.
Establishing a comprehensive and efficient rural credit system providing finance for both the commercial (agricultural and non-agricultural) sector of the rural economy and small-scale farming, is among the most pressing issues on China’s reform agenda today.
Low incomes and high unemployment in rural areas are issues of concern to policy makers in all countries.
This annual publication provides the most comprehensive description and assessment of agricultural and related policy developments in OECD countries.
These Highlights are from the 16th edition of Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: Monitoring and Evaluation.
In most OECD countries, farm household incomes figure prominently among the wide and growing range of concerns described as motivating policy interventions in agriculture.
One in five of the world's population live in extreme poverty, with a per capita income of less than a dollar a day.