About the Trade and Agriculture Directorate

Who we are and how we work

The Trade and Agriculture Directorate is one of twelve substantive departments of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and provides policy analysis and advice to help governments develop trade, agriculture, and fisheries policies that contribute to more inclusive and sustainable growth.

The work of the OECD Secretariat is guided by our members through a committee structure in which analysis is planned, initiated, reviewed and eventually declassified. The Trade and Agriculture Directorate works with members through three principal committees:

The OECD Committee for Agriculture

The OECD Committee for Agriculture (COAG) was also established in 1961 and oversees OECD work on agriculture and food policy. It provides the evidence base and analysis to support governments in improving policy performance and creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive. OECD Agriculture Ministers and invited delegations met most recently in April 2016 to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing global agriculture and food systems. All participants adopted a Declaration that underlines the widely shared goals for the food and agriculture sector, affirms policy principles to achieve these goals, and sets out areas for urgent attention by governments.

The OECD Committee for Fisheries

The OECD Committee for Fisheries (COFI) was similarly founded in 1961 continues to provide timely, evidence-based policy analysis of pressing global issues in fisheries, aquaculture and sustainable fisheries management. Its long-term strategy aims to achieve sustainable fisheries and aquaculture while providing quality food.

The OECD Trade Committee

The OECD Trade Committee was established in 1961 as one of the OECD's founding policy committees. It oversees work on trade policy and provides a unique forum for senior trade policy officials to discuss important policy issues and developments in trade relations.Commitee delegates from capitals meet twice each year to share information and exchange views across OECD and aprtner countries and international organisations, focusing on the collective analysis of shared trade policy interests. As in other OECD bodies, convergence toward consensus is a primary objective. The Committee's on the evolution of international trade and trade policy are transmitted directly to participating government capitals and to the annual meeting of the OECD Coucnil at Ministerial Level.


Ken Ash
Director, Trade and Agriculture (OECD)

Ken Ash leads OECD efforts to develop and communicate evidence-based advice to governments, with the aim at helping them improve the domestic and international performance of their policies in the areas of trade, food, agriculture and fisheries.

Prior to becoming OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture in 2008, he had served as Deputy Director since 1999 and had brought with him 20 years of extensive experience from the Government of Canada, where he held several senior positions in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Contact us


You can reach the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate via e-mail at [email protected]

Postal address

Trade and Agriculture Directorate
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
2 rue Andre Pascal, 75116 Paris


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