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Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2008

At a Glance

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This book is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture. Separate chapters describe and evaluate agricultural policies in each OECD country, including such important developments as the introduction of the single-payment scheme in the EU. This edition also includes a special chapter describing the revised method of estimating support to agriculture used for the first time in this report. As always, it includes extensive statistical data on support to agriculture broken down by type of support and commodity, as well as Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet versions of tables and graphs.

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Evaluation of Support Policy Developments

This chapter provides an overview of developments in agricultural support in OECD countries. It first sets out the general macroeconomic and market context in which agricultural policies operated. Recent major changes and new initiatives in agricultural policies in OECD countries are highlighted. Estimated support is then evaluated in terms of developments in its level and composition. Changes over time, both in the short term (2007 compared to 2006) and over the longer term (the 2005-07 average compared to the 1986-88 base period) are analysed. Finally, some conclusions are drawn about the progress in agricultural reform being made in OECD countries.

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