18 December 2021 | Marion Jansen, Director Trade & Agriculture
2021 has been another turbulent year, with climate change and fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect the agricultural sector and access to food. The UN Food System Summit, COP26 and COP15 have been part of the international community’s response to these ongoing challenges and to those ahead. At the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, we are proud to have contributed to these global processes with work that highlights the central role of agriculture in productive, resilient and sustainable food systems.
Our work on building agricultural resilience to natural hazard-induced disasters could not have been more timely given the many challenges farmers across the globe have faced in 2021. Resilience is a necessary but preliminary step towards ensuring food systems meet the triple challenge of: (1) ensuring food security and nutrition for a growing population, (2) supporting the livelihoods of millions of farmers and others in the food chain, and (3) doing so in an environmentally sustainable way.
The OECD has produced an impressive body of evidence to support policy makers in addressing these challenges. For the first time, we have brought together all of this material into the OECD Food Systems Portal. Via the portal, you can access research and analysis on food systems from across the OECD, as well as read our latest publications. This includes our recent report on Making Better Policies for Food Systems as well as the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook, which identifies trends shaping agriculture in the next decade. In addition, our Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation report, measures support to agriculture for 54 economies, including all OECD members plus 11 emerging markets. It highlights how much support goes to individual producers, versus that provided on services that benefit the sector as a whole, such as investments in infrastructure or innovation.
We are also pleased to have contributed to the inter-agency Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), which has played a key role in providing the market information necessary for policy makers to steer agricultural markets smoothly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2022, we will continue to provide the latest policy insights and analysis. We will also bring together Agriculture Ministers from around the globe for an OECD ministerial conference planned in November, with a view on shaping the agricultural sector and food systems of the future. We look forward to being able to share more as the event draws nearer and, in the meantime, wish you a Happy Holiday Season.
Director, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate