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.
A look at the news

Argentina no longer has “extra farmland”

23 May 2011

“We are not speaking about bringing farmland under state control but about protecting it, since it embodies a strategic and non-renewable resource for the 21st century,” stated Argentine President Christina Kirchner, against a background of the new bill to stem farmland purchases in the country.

Individuals, governments and foreign corporations are those chiefly targeted. According to this bill, each entity would in fact be prevented from acquiring over 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) and from owning over 20 percent of the national territory.

At the time of the former liberal President Carlos Menem’s slogan “We have extra land” in the 1990s, many foreign investors bought farmland in Argentina. According to the Argentine Agrarian Federation, foreigners today own 10 percent of the land, or 30 million hectares (over 74 million acres), that is to say half of France’s surface area.

Countries such as China or India are currently intensifying farmland acquisitions to ensure their food security, whereas agricultural commodity prices have become extremely volatile. Taiwan also recently indicated its intention to transfer a share of its agricultural output to foreign land. “We are going to focus on countries that are our diplomatic allies, especially in Latin American and in Africa,” stated Lee Pai-Po, Deputy Secretary General of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

The issue of farmland purchases is increasingly becoming a more sensitive one. Nations with free-market leanings––such as Brazil¬¬––are now even starting to defend restricting the practice, especially since the recent (re)awareness of the eminently strategic nature of agriculture following the 2007/08 food crisis. Lately, FAO Director General Jacques Diouf emphasized the fact that these operations can be sources of conflicts, if the investments are not long lasting and if the rights of local players and domestic food security issues are not taken into consideration. It is therefore urgent to address the issue at the Agricultural G20 meeting of June 22 and 23, so that the practice can be regulated.
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