Over a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day and a similar number suffer from hunger and undernourishment. Most are chronically hungry, chiefly because they are poor.
The OECD Global Forum on Agriculture 2010 is concerned with identifying ways in which governments can accelerate agricultural development and tackle the twin problems of poverty and food insecurity. Drawing on recent analytical work, primarily from the OECD, the Forum provides insights on common factors that explain the successes of some countries and faltering progress of others, and discerns key ingredients of the necessary policy mix.
It also provides an opportunity to discuss the specific role to be played by agricultural policy instruments, and how those instruments should be combined with other non-agricultural policies.