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International organizations launch new website on agricultural incentives

11 May 2017
On May 4, the Consortium of International Organizations for Measuring the Policy Environment for Agriculture launched the Ag-Incentives website, a user-friendly online database that aggregates agricultural policy data into an interactive tool for guiding more informed policy. The Consortium brings together data from the Food and Agriculture Organization through the MAFAP program, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the World Bank.

 

The main objective of the organizations that make up the Consortium, is to provide governments with the most recent information on how their policies affect the agricultural sector. This allows policy-makers to take better informed decisions on their agricultural and food policies. As such, this initiative bridges an information gap on incentives for agricultural production as data has been widely scattered and not comparable. Ultimately, this platform provides policy makers with a better understanding of the effects of their public policies, particularly on the poor, and this in a comparable way across countries and over time. The website brings together information of almost 60 countries and 70 products in a single online database. For example, the Ag-Incentives website can be used to show how agricultural policies can distort agricultural markets and negatively affect the welfare of farmers and consumers. 

For more information on Ag-Incentives, please visit the website at ag-incentives.org.