OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, including in agriculture and the food sector.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together and where they can share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. This is also true of the agricultural sector. Based on experiences of food shortages and sanctions, increasing agricultural productivity formed a major topic which was discussed within the OECD at the beginning of the 1960s. Since then, other matters such as the sustainability of agricultural production have been integrated into the OECD’s agenda.

At a global level, topics such as sufficient food and food prices are still high on the agenda today. Key words in this context are rising world population, limited natural resources such as land and water, climate change and changing consumer behaviour based on increasing prosperity.

The OECD takes an active part in these discussions through its working methods which are based on co-operation, dialogue, consensus and assessment (Peer Review). Through its analyses it regularly contributes to the drafting of coherent policy recommendations for meeting a wide range of challenges. It supports its Member countries in their efforts to promote sustainable economic growth, to find solutions to common problems, to identify good practice and to improve harmonisation of national and international policies.

Switzerland is a founder member of the OECD and the SECO (Swiss Economic Cooperation and Development Division) has the main responsibility for the OECD portfolio.

FOAG actively participates in following committees:

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Last modification 03.12.2019

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