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Agricultural and Fisheries Policies in Mexico

Recent Achievements, Continuing the Reform Agenda

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This report analyses the effects of Mexico’s ambitious reforms to agricultural and fisheries policies since 1990 and makes recommendations for further reforms. The evaluation is based on criteria for good agricultural and fisheries policy as agreed to by OECD countries. Such criteria, if implemented, would support economically healthy sectors that contribute to the wider economy, respect natural resources and use inputs effectively without resorting to distorting subsidies.

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Conclusions and recommendations

This study provides an assessment of fisheries policy in Mexico since 1990 against the objectives set for the sector by the government of Mexico. These objectives have shifted significantly over the period from 1990 to the present as the governments and their policy priorities have changed. Meanwhile, the fundamental concern for policy development is that the fisheries sector be placed on a sustainable basis with respect to resource utilisation, generation of resource rent, economic profitability, and sustainable livelihoods for fishing communities. The reforms that have been instituted over the period have sought to address parts of these concerns, but from different perspectives and with different priorities underlying policy actions. The conclusions and recommendations presented in this chapter seek to provide some guidance to policy makers on the effectiveness of the current fisheries policy framework and the priorities for future policy developments.

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