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For the 1st time, the tracking and evaluate file of agricultural regulations covers OECD member nations (including the recent contributors who joined in the course of 2010 Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia) and chosen key rising economies: Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine. This version indicates that, after a rise in 2009, manufacturer help within the OECD sector declined in 2010, confirming the downward development in help to farmers. the craze in rising economies exhibits a few raise within the point of help, even though it remains good lower than the OECD ordinary. This file is a special resource of up to date estimates of aid to agriculture and is complemented via person chapters on agricultural coverage advancements in all international locations lined within the record. info for the calculations of help can be found online www.oecd.org/agriculture/PSET

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All countries lie below this line, reflecting a varying combination of relatively low labour productivity in agriculture (most significant in emerging countries) and the significance of off-farm incomes (the main explanation in higher income OECD countries). Russia and Ukraine were in an unusual situation in 1990, with labour in agriculture more productive than labour in other sectors, following the collapse of industry at this time. Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators. 1. DIVERSITY AMONG NEW OECD MEMBER COUNTRIES AND EMERGING ECONOMIES less productive labour leaving the sector.

Rising agricultural commodity prices were driven by adverse weather conditions in a number of countries. The grain harvest in Russia was reduced by a third due to drought; floods damaged crops in Canada, China and Australia. After a gradual build-up since 2008, global grain stocks are declining, especially maize, which contributes to expectations of rising prices. A drought in China has affected wheat production areas, leading to expectations of increased import demand during 2011 and consequent upward pressure on world prices.

Heavy market interventions dominate the policy mix in some countries… In the long run, a gradual reduction of market price support can be observed across the OECD area, although in some cases production and trade distorting policies still dominate the policy mix. To support domestic producer prices, governments intervene in markets through various domestic and border policy instruments. Almost all OECD countries use border protection to raise domestic prices. Amongst them Iceland, Japan,Korea and Switzerland rely most heavily on border protection through tariffs and tariff-rate quotas (TRQs).

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