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Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2012

OECD Countries

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This report on agricultural policies covers OECD member countries (including the new members who joined during 2010 – Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia). This edition shows that after an increase in 2009, producer support in OECD area declined in 2010 and remained rather stable in 2011. In the longer term perspective the OECD estimates of support confirm the downward trend in support to farmers. This report is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture in the OECD area and is complemented by individual chapters on agricultural policy developments in OECD countries.

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Fostering innovation and productivity growth in agriculture

This chapter includes a discussion of how policy makers in OECD countries and emerging economies can pursue the global challenge of improving productivity growth sustainability by improving innovation systems and agricultural policies. Developments in agricultural productivity growth and resource use are first presented to outline the issue. The different ways innovation systems, agricultural policy, farm structure and other factors affect agricultural productivity and sustainability are then discussed. Suggestions are made to strengthen innovation systems, and to improve agricultural policies, in order to foster agricultural productivity growth efficiently and sustainably. The need to improve policy coherence is stressed in the conclusion.

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