Sustainable agriculture

Green growth for food, agriculture and fisheries



Green growth means promoting economic growth while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, minimising waste and inefficient use of natural resources, and maintaining biodiversity. A greener and more effective food chain can contribute substantially to sustainable growth and food security, and pave the way for less pressure on marine and land resources.


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Fostering Green Growth in Agriculture Fostering Green Growth in Agriculture: The Role of Training, Advisory Services and Extension Initiatives
OECD Green Growth Studies 

This report examines investment in agricultural advisory services, training and extension initiatives in the OECD area and discusses the merits of different types of providers, both alone and in combination. It provides guidelines and recommendations on best practices in sustainable agricultural management.

Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture: A Preliminary Assessment
OECD Green Growth Studies

This book provides a series of green growth indicators for agriculture, covering such areas as environmental efficiency, natural resource productivity, the impact of agriculture on the natural asset base and environmental quality of life, and policy responses and economic opportunities. .

Policy Instruments to Support Green Growth in Agriculture Policy Instruments to Support Green Growth in Agriculture
OECD Green Growth Studies 

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.

Food and Agriculture Food and Agriculture
OECD Green Growth Studies

This report outlines a broad strategy for green growth in the food and agriculture sector. It is part of the OECD’s Green Growth Strategy that seeks to define an economic development path that is consistent with long-run environmental protection, using natural resources within their carrying capacity, while providing acceptable living standards and poverty reduction in all countries.

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Indicators and data

The Green growth indicators database contains selected indicators for monitoring progress towards green growth. The dataset covers OECD countries, BRIICS economies, Argentina and Saudi Arabia from 1990 onwards


Other publications

  • Towards Green Growth? Tracking Progress, OECD Green Growth Studies (2015) 
    Four years after the launch of the OECD Green Growth Strategy, this report draws lessons from country experience and examines how to enhance policy design to deliver green growth.

  • Green Growth in Fisheries and Aquaculture, OECD Green Growth Studies (2015)
    This report summarises the current situation in fisheries and aquaculture, observing that in many parts of the world these sectors are at risk and do not reach their full potential. However, the prospects for sustained growth are good if reforms along the lines suggested by the OECD Green Growth Strategy are undertaken.


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For questions on OECD work on green growth for food, agriculture and fisheries, please contact the Trade & Agriculture Directorate.


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