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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“Any farmer standing overpowers a kneeling nobleman”, says a French proverb

December 2, 2013

“Things are getting worse, we must react. Agriculture may be managed with a few patches here and there, but today I feel we must shape an improved outlook.” These are the words of Xavier Beulin, President of the French Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA), that were spoken during a November 22 Jean-Jacques Bourdin interview aired on RMC, to call for an upcoming national roundtable on agriculture

Xavier Beulin thus proposes to the Prime Minister that a national conference be held in January or February 2014, to be attended by all ministers involved in the future of the agricultural and agro-food sectors––the ministers of Agriculture, Economy, Budget, Consumer Affairs or even Transportation. “The situation demands it,” adds the FNSEA President, “We must restore farmers’ confidence. We must reorganize some activities.”

This new extensive meeting for agriculture can provide a new outlook and a revitalized unifying movement at a time when French agriculture is running out of steam in several areas: loss of competitiveness, erosion of some activities and crisis of the agricultural model. Furthermore, the problems are even wider––it is also a crisis of European agriculture––since exposed to market risks and strategic policy choices that are detrimental for the future. While French producers can be delighted by Germany’s November 21 adoption of a general minimum wage, other challenges await them.

How will French and European agriculture safeguard a strategic vision of agriculture when the new 2014-2020 common agricultural policy, which will account for 38 percent of the EU budget for the next seven years––against approximately 70 percent in 1984––does not provide any means to ensure its competitiveness and its ambitions?

The ongoing national and political arbitrations on the CAP, especially in France, are critical but are not meeting any consensus. Now more than ever, cosmetic and cyclical deals are a considerable burden on French agriculture. Holding a national roundtable on agriculture could then help give a new momentum to the agricultural sector, and return it to a European and winning economic perspective. Will 2014 be the year of regained ambitions?

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