Issues in Agricultural Trade Policy

Proceedings of the 2014 OECD Global Forum on Agriculture

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This book brings together a collection of papers prepared for the Global Forum on Agriculture that took place at the OECD in December 2014. It reviews current knowledge about agricultural policy and agricultural trade policy settings, and questions its pertinence in light of the profound market and structural changes that have been taking place in the global agro-food sector in recent decades. It aims to inform and assist policy-makers and negotiators as they seek to overcome the problems that have made the agricultural pillar of the Doha Agenda trade negotiations particularly difficult. The data and analysis presented cover OECD countries and major G20 and emerging economies that account for the great bulk of global food production, consumption and trade.



Issues in agricultural trade policy: An overview

This chapter presents a synthesis of the work presented to the OECD’s 2014 Global Forum on Agriculture: Issues in Agricultural Trade Policy, held in Paris on 2 December 2014. It first provides an overview of the main developments in agricultural markets that have occurred since the Doha round of negotiations began in 2001. Second, significant policy developments in OECD and other major agricultural producing countries are briefly discussed. Third, the relevance of the lessons from past OECD reviews of agricultural policies in the context of market and policy changes is explored. The chapter concludes by analysing why agricultural market liberalisation remains an important tool for continued sector growth, rural development and food security.


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