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Farm risk management policy in New Zealand centres on natural disaster assistance and preventing pest and disease incursions. New Zealand should strengthen a 'multi-activity enterprise' view of farming, reduce uncertainty about future environmental regulations and improve knowledge on risks.
Dutch agricultural risk management should develop an ex ante policy framework for assistance in catastrophic events such as livestock epidemics and climatic disasters, as well as a longer-term strategy on insurance.
Australia should improve governance of its drought policy, consider developing an insurance market for drought risk and help farmers adapt to climate change, says this review of agricultural risk management in the country. (OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Working Paper No. 39)
This report analyses the evolution of prices, farm receipts and support to agricultural producers in real terms in OECD countries and other economies. It sets out specific purchasing power parities for a range of commodities to compare developments in output volume and prices at aggregate level.
Commodity prices surged in 2006-08 in Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam. Government policy responses to these price surges were not always successful in minimising the impact on consumers and producers, this report finds.
This report reviews the literature on competitiveness, productivity and efficiency in the agricultural and agri-food sectors. It clarifies concepts and terminology, and provides a critical assessment of approaches used in the literature to measure these three concepts at sectoral and farm levels
This report considers the analytical potential of the system used to classify policy measures under the OECD Producer Support Estimate (PSE) which is used to monitor agricultural policy developments in OECD and selected non OECD countries.
This report contains a review of the literature on the role of agricultural research and development in fostering innovation and productivity in agriculture.
This paper presents statistical indicators of risk exposure at the individual/farm level, and micro model simulation results on strategies for risk management in agriculture.
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Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is one of the most contagious animal diseases. This paper describes different options for policy intervention in the case of an FMD epidemic. It also gives an overview of the history of FMD in OECD and selected non-OECD countries, including policy measures taken.