Trade and Agriculture Directorate

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  • International Trade and Investment by State Enterprises

    The recent surge in competition between state and private firms in global markets calls for a reflection on how to minimise any potentially distortionary effects on international trade and investment created by state enterprises while at the same time restraining any undue protectionist policy responses directed at them.

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  • Viet Nam hailed for remarkable agricultural progress

    Economic reforms have generated impressive results in the Vietnamese agricultural sector, as farm production more than tripled over the 1990-2013 period, lifting rural incomes, reducing poverty, combatting under-nourishment and sending agro-food exports soaring. Viet Nam should now seek to build on these achievements while addressing long-term challenges posed by slower rates of production growth, declining commodity prices, limited land for further expansion and increasing evidence of negative environmental impacts from farming, according to a new OECD report.

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  • Inclusive Global Value Chains: Integration of SMEs in GVCs

    This joint OECD and World Bank Group report focuses on the challenge of making GVCs more “inclusive” by overcoming participation constraints for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitating access for Low Income Developing Countries (LIDCs).

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Key Topics




Special programmes




Export Restrictions in Raw Materials Trade: Facts, Fallacies and Better Practices

This volume brings together different strands of analysis carried out by OECD since 2009 on the use of export restrictions in the trade of raw materials.


Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

This book brings together the results of a broad research agenda focusing on the interaction between trade and employment implemented under the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE).


Smart Rules for Fair Trade | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution Smart Rules for Fair Trade: 50 Years of Export Credits

This work is part of a global post war effort to emphasise multilateral co operation and sound economic policies to promote co operation, efficiency and prosperity rather than destructive competition, controversy and conflict.

All publications on trade

Agriculture and fisheries

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook

OECD’s annual statistics and projections for major agricultural commodities. It analyses how global and domestic forces are shaping agricultural markets over the next decade.


Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation

This annual report is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture and is complemented by individual chapters on agricultural policy developments in all countries covered in the report.


Rebuilding Fisheries | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution Rebuilding Fisheries: The Way Forward

This publication analyses the issues and challenges governments face as they develop and implement plans to rebuild fisheries. The focus is on the economic and institutional issues and builds on evidence from OECD fisheries.

All publications on food, agriculture and fisheries

Policy and working papers

OECD Trade Policy Papers

This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected trade policy studies prepared for use within the OECD.




OECD Trade and Environment Papers

Selected studies addressing the policy interface between trade and environment and such issues a liberalizing trade in goods that affect the environment, and trade in environmental goods and services.



OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers

Selected studies providing research, analysis and policy recommendations on various food, agriculture and fisheries issues from the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate.

All OECD policy papers


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Services Trade Restrictiveness Index

Launch press conference for the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) by OECD's Director of Trade and Agriculture, Ken Ash, with ministers of Trade from the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico and the EU.

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Better understanding global trade flows

Analysis from the OECD and WTO breaks with conventional measurement of trade flows. By looking at imports and exports in value-added terms, a fuller picture can be built up of international trade and commercial relations between nations.

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Saving farmers lives - OECD Tractor Codes

Understand how lives of farmers around the world are made safer by ensuring tractors meet the internationally agreed standards set by the OECD. Tests are enforced across 26 countries and tractors are assessed on nine OECD codes reducing the number of fatal farm accidents.

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The Blue Economy

The oceans have long been the centre of economic activity. People have been living near the sea, feeding themselves by fishing and making their livelihoods on the coast for thousands of years. The challenge today is harnessing the potential of this Blue Economy.

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