Agriculture ministers from most of the developed countries meeting in Paris have reiterated their commitment to the further reform of food and farm policies. At the end of a meeting at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development they were, however, forced to admit only limited progress had been made with the dismantling of support and protection of agriculture. The OECD calculates support to agricultural producers, as measured by the Producer Subsidy Equivalent (the amount of farmers' incomes coming from subsidies or import protection), has fallen from an OECD-wide average of 45% of the value of production in 1986-88 to an estimated 35% in 1997. Over the same period, total transfers from consumers and taxpayers due to agricultural policies dropped from a share of 2.2% of GDP to 1.3%, reaching US$280 billion in 1997. {{PROVISIONS }}