A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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African Agriculture Profits Once More from International Aid

20 April 2009

In an increasingly tight food situation due to the combined consequences of the financial crisis and of the still high prices for basic staples, the African continent is receiving multiple financing subsidies.

On April 15, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that Belgium is funding a $6.6 million emergency aid program for the most impoverished African farmers, including food and seed distribution as well as assistance to improve agricultural production.

On the same day, Alain Joyandet, French State Secretary for Cooperation and Francophony, undertook the creation of an Investment Fund for Agriculture in Africa (Fonds d’Investissement pour l’Agriculture en Afrique or FIAA). Bringing together the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement or AFD), the African Bank for Development (Banque Africaine de Développement or BAD), the International Fund for the Development of Agriculture (Fonds International pour le Développement de l’Agriculture or FIDA), as well as the Kofi Annan’s foundation “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA), the fund will initially raise €200 million, to reach a goal of €500 million. The objective is to boost the technical and managerial aspects of local agricultural production to alleviate risks triggered by price volatility on international markets.

While agricultural investment in Africa plummeted to 3 percent from 17 percent of global investment between 1980 and 2006 due the implementation of liberalization policies during three decades, these initiatives mark the return of international aid to agriculture and bring a ray of hope for the improvement of food security in the continent. The FIAA, in particular, has the advantage of acting as a genuine development tool for agriculture––a crucial step for the comprehensive economic development of Africa.

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