Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Policy Instruments to Support Green Growth in Agriculture

In series:OECD Green Growth Studiesview more titles

Published on October 14, 2013

Also available in: French

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This report synthesises the experience of OECD countries in developing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives related to green growth in the agricultural sector, based primarily on material provided by governments. It discusses the overall approach that countries are taking towards establishing a green growth strategy in agriculture; the implementation of the OECD framework for monitoring progress towards green growth in agriculture; and the various policy instruments used.

A key conclusion is that, while most countries have some policies in place that relate to the concept of green growth, the degree of ambition shows considerable variation. A wide range of instruments and a variety of “policy mixes” are currently applied across OECD countries, with the majority of countries appearing to have strategic objectives covering a wide range of subjects related to green growth, particularly in the area of improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture. A coherent overall policy framework that has clear objectives, sets R&D priorities, and policy measures that are targeted and implemented at the appropriate levels are essential to establish a comprehensive strategy for green growth in agriculture.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Green growth and agriculture
Green growth strategies in agriculture in OECD countries
Policies for improving productivity and resource efficiency in the context of green growth
Policies oriented towards improving the environment
Policy approaches, by country
Conclusions
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