The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented stresses on food supply chains, with bottlenecks in farm labour, processing, transport and logistics, as well as momentous shifts in demand. While the impacts of COVID-19 are still unfolding, experience so far shows the importance of an open and predictable international trade environment to ensure food can move to where it is needed.
Enough food is available globally, but COVID-19 is disrupting supply and demand in complex ways. This policy brief discusses key issues and policy responses.
While global agro-food markets are responding well to the challenge of feeding a growing world population, current policies are doing less well at addressing global challenges that include protecting the earth’s natural resources, addressing climate change, tackling malnutrition, and providing livelihoods for farmers and rural communities
India faces the same “triple challenge” as other countries: delivering safe and nutritious food to a growing population at affordable prices; providing a livelihood for farmers and others in the food chain; and overcoming severe resource and climate pressures.
Global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15 percent over the coming decade, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, causing inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to remain at or below their current levels, according to an annual report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
Governments worldwide provide more than USD 500 billion in often ineffective and trade distorting support to farmers each year, and efforts to reform these policies have largely stalled, according to a new OECD report.
The global food system is facing daunting and complex challenges in population growth and climate change. Coherent policies are crucial to solving them – but we may need to find new approaches to design such policies.
The call for applications for 2020 funding of conferences and fellowships by the OECD's Co-operative Research Programme is now open until 10 September 2019.
Overfishing of our oceans threatens the sustainability of marine ecosystems and the environment. Changing how we support fishers can go a long way to solving this problem.
Governments must take advantage of windows of opportunities to tackle longstanding agriculture and water challenges. Here’s how.