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OECD Review of Agricultural Policies: Colombia 2015

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This review assesses the performance of Colombian agriculture over the last two decades, evaluates Colombian agricultural policy reforms and provides recommendations to address key challenges in the future. The evaluation is based on the approach that agriculture policy should be evidence-based and carefully designed and implemented to support productivity, competitiveness and sustainability, while avoiding unnecessary distortions to production decisions and to trade. The report includes a special chapter focusing on agricultural innovation.

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Investment and co-operation in innovation

This chapter highlights key challenges related to investment and co-operation in agricultural innovation. The public sector continues to be the main source of funding for agriculture R&D, whether performed by public or private organisations. The chapter provides an overview of the diversity of sources for public funding of R&D activities in Colombia, which are complemented by significant contributions from parafiscal funds (producer associations’ commodity funds) and royalties, and highlights the challenges as regards their co-ordination. It goes on to look at the mechanisms through which funds are being allocated. There is also a discussion of mechanisms facilitating the sharing of knowledge and co-operation at national and international level.

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