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|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Staff,|
|Target Audience:||Scholarly & Professional|
|Description:||1 online resource (276 pages) illustrations|
This annual publication is the most comprehensive description and assessment of agricultural and related policy developments available for OECD countries. The report provides data on the level and composition of support and protection to agriculture, and evaluates the extent to which countries are reforming their agricultural policies. Support and protection to OECD agricultural producers remain high, although there was a slight decrease in 2000 after a two-year rise. Total support to agriculture in 2000 amounted to USD 327 billion or 1.3 per cent of GDP in the OECD area, of which support to producers accounted for 34 per cent of total farm receipts. But that decrease reflected world price rises and exchange rate movements rather than major agricultural policy changes. Despite some reduction in 2000, market price support and output payments continue to be dominant in most countries, insulating farmers from world market signals and distorting global production and trade. Ad hoc measures were once again applied in some countries to support farm incomes. Food safety issues were a high priority for many governments in 2000. Overall, the report concludes that progress towards further policy reform has been insufficient and remains fragile. [OECD website].