Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2021

Addressing the Challenges Facing Food Systems

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This annual report monitors and evaluates agricultural policies in 54 countries, including the 38 OECD countries, the five non-OECD EU Member States, and 11 emerging economies. The report includes country specific analysis based on up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture that are compiled using a comprehensive system of measurement and classification – the Producer and Consumer Support Estimates (PSE and CSE) and related indicators. This year’s report focuses on policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and analyses the implications of agricultural support policies for the performance of food systems.

English Also available in: French

Developments in Agricultural Policy and Support

This chapter first provides an overview on recent economic and market developments that provide the context for the implementation of agricultural policies. The second section presents main changes and initiatives in agricultural policies in 2020-21, focusing on policy responses to the COVID‑19 pandemic that target, or strongly affect, agricultural producers, food consumers and other actors along the food supply chain. The subsequent analysis of levels and structures of agricultural support informs an assessment of the extent to which current support contributes to the food systems’ “triple challenge” of achieving food security and nutrition, providing livelihoods to those connected to the sector, and reducing the environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions of the sector. The chapter also explores how current policies perform across productivity, sustainability and resilience, key channels for contributing to addressing these challenges. It concludes with an assessment of policy developments, and with recommendations for concrete actions.

English Also available in: French


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