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Policies for the Future of Farming and Food in Norway
Series:OECD Agriculture and Food Policy Reviews
ISBN 9789264655539
Publication year: 2021

Cdn: $104.50; US: $72.00
Language: English
236 pages
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Norway is performing unevenly across its four agricultural policy objectives. While Norway enjoys a high level of food security and is meeting its aim of maintaining agricultural production across the country, both environmental performance and the efficient creation of value added along the food chain are compromised by support policies linked to production levels. Support to producers relative to gross farm receipts is the highest among OECD countries, with 59% of farmers’ revenues coming from government support. Only 3% of total support to agriculture is dedicated to research and innovation. Moreover, while Norway has strong public research institutions and well-designed tax deductions, the private sector lacks the right policy incentives to innovate.

This review proposes a new policy approach, centred around innovations that would enable Norway to achieve its objectives and improve the productivity, sustainability and resilience of its agro-food sector. Specific recommendations include increasing the responsiveness of the sector to markets, giving farmers greater flexibility in making production decisions, placing greater emphasis on agri-environmental outcomes, and increasing the role of the private sector in research and innovation.

These reviews provide comprehensive assessments of countries’ agricultural and food policies. They build on OECD statistics, including estimates of the level of support and agri-environmental indicators; and assess the extent to which the overall policy and innovation framework is conducive to achieving sustainable productivity growth and strengthening resilience. The reviews identify major reform opportunities and consider their potential impacts.
Policies for the Future of Farming and Food in Norway
Cdn: $104.50; US: $72.00
OECD - in English BookID: 128300 Added: 2021.3.20