Sustainable Food Value Chains Knowledge Platform

How policies shape global food and agriculture value chains


Undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this study takes an in-depth look at the landscape of agro-food global value chains (GVCs) and explores the factors that influence GVC participation by making use of a newly developed database on trade in value added for 20 agro-food sectors derived from the Global Trade Analysis Project database. The study also explores the benefits of GVC participation, viewed through the lens of domestic value added creation and employment, with a focus on the policy factors that influence these benefits. The study points to considerable variation in GVC participation across agro-food sectors, driven not only by product characteristics but also by policy factors related to trade and investment, the agricultural enabling environment and policies influencing service markets. The study shows that for agro-food sectors, trade barriers act as a tax on exports, reducing the domestic value added created from participation in agro-food GVCs.

Topics: SFVC development in general, Economic sustainability in general, Profitability, Job creation and enhanced livelihoods, Consumer value, Fiscal impact, Wealth accumulation
Publisher: OECD
Type: Tool
Format: Document
References (Download): EN