While global agro-food markets are responding well to the challenge of feeding a growing world population, current policies are doing less well at addressing global challenges that include protecting the earth’s natural resources, addressing climate change, tackling malnutrition, and providing livelihoods for farmers and rural communities
India faces the same “triple challenge” as other countries: delivering safe and nutritious food to a growing population at affordable prices; providing a livelihood for farmers and others in the food chain; and overcoming severe resource and climate pressures.
Global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15 percent over the coming decade, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, causing inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to remain at or below their current levels, according to an annual report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
Governments worldwide provide more than USD 500 billion in often ineffective and trade distorting support to farmers each year, and efforts to reform these policies have largely stalled, according to a new OECD report.
The global food system is facing daunting and complex challenges in population growth and climate change. Coherent policies are crucial to solving them – but we may need to find new approaches to design such policies.
Japan’s agriculture sector has traditionally been characterised by small-scale rice production, but has recently begun to respond to new market opportunities for higher value food products across a rapidly growing East Asia. Today, rice represents less than 20% of the value of agriculture production, and larger, more productive, and more profitable farm businesses now account for more than half of total agriculture output.
The call for applications for 2020 funding of conferences and fellowships by the OECD's Co-operative Research Programme is now open until 10 September 2019.
Overfishing of our oceans threatens the sustainability of marine ecosystems and the environment. Changing how we support fishers can go a long way to solving this problem.
Governments must take advantage of windows of opportunities to tackle longstanding agriculture and water challenges. Here’s how.
The Argentinian agro-food sector has grown remarkably over the past thirty years, driven by innovation, an abundance of young, well-educated farmers and strong international prices.