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OECD Global Forum on Agriculture 2005


Policy Coherence for Development

Paris, France | 30 November, 2005


While the phrase policy coherence for development (PCD) is hard to define it recognises a very important concept – that the achievement of international development and poverty reduction targets depend not only on aid but on the policy decisions taken across a wide range of sectoral and macroeconomic policies in both developed and developing countries. It is a process whereby a government makes an effort to design policies that take account of other policy communities, minimise conflicts and maximise synergies. Achieving policy coherence is difficult because of multiple policy objectives and conflicting interests. Consequently, a degree of incoherence may be inevitable but the trade-offs should be made transparent and action taken to minimise the negative impacts on development.

At the OECD, the initial focus was on improving internal policy coherence of development policies, improving the targeting, management and evaluation of aid agency programmes and projects. In recent years, increased attention has been given to integrating the development dimension across the work of other policy areas,  understanding how policies for migration, agricultural, investment etc. affect developing countries.

The purpose of the Forum is to bring together developed and developing country representatives from both the agriculture and development communities to discuss issues relating to the inter-linkages between agricultural-related policies and development objectives.


Agenda and background documents

  • Draft Agenda | English | French
  • List of participants | English
  • Background Publication - Agriculture and Development: The Case for Policy Coherence | English | French


Documents and presentations

Session 1. Setting the Scene


Session 2. Enhancing Global Agricultural Trade through a Fair and Market Oriented Trading System


Session 3. Contributing to the Millennium Development Goal of Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger


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