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A traditional objective of agricultural support policy was to increase production or maintain it at a certain level. Consequently, almost all policies were closely linked to production. Tariffs, export subsidies and other methods were used to support market prices, farmers were given direct payments for boosting production and governments subsidised items such as fertilisers.Since the mid-1980s there has been a move away from these
China has the world's largest population but very limited supplies of water. This conference proceedings examines how China can best use its limited water resources in agriculture.
Support to farmers in OECD countries accounted for 29% of farm receipts in 2005. The current level of support is the same as almost a decade ago and varies widely across countries.
At a time when agriculture is no longer the dominant sector in rural economies in OECD countries, this study examines the advantages of developing coherence between agricultural and rural development policies.
Why is policy coherence for development important to policy makers, producers and the rural poor? How does it affect global agricultural trade? Can greater policy coherence help reduce poverty reduction and alleviate hunger?
Agricultural reform has made a major contribution to the social and economic changes in South Africa over the past decade. But what are the challenges facing the government as it attempts to broaden participation of black farmers in commercial agriculture and boost the sector’s competitiveness ?
Greater integration of farming into economy-wide social safety nets or tax systems could help tackle instability and low incomes in the sector, says this study of the treatment of farmers within the tax and social security systems of OECD countries.
This report sheds light on potential alternative non-government solutions to resolving problems created by agriculture practices. The approaches analysed include market mechanisms, the promotion of private transactions, and voluntary approaches.
An analytical framework is developed in this report in order to examine the trade-offs in policy choice between the precision of targeting, the degree of decoupling and policy related transaction costs.
These proceedings examine the nature and strength of jointness between agricultural commodity production and non-commodity outputs from the perspective of three areas important to the agricultural sector: rural development, environmental externalities and food security.