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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Boosting food crops in Africa

17 November 2008

On a trip to Tunis, where he represented the European Union’s French presidency at the Finance Ministers and African Central Banks governors’ meeting, the French Secretary of State in charge of Cooperation and Francophony Alain Joyandet announced an important international conference to be held in Paris next December 8 and 9, which objective would be to boost food crops in Africa. In an interview given to the Associated Press, Alain Joyandet declared that according to him, this was to be nothing short of an “African mini-common agricultural policy project”, aimed at inventorying the infrastructure needs of the continent and defining “product per product and region per region production objectives”.

Following two decades of liberalisation policies imposed by international institutions on the continent “forgotten by growth”, this project, which intends to bet on boosting African agriculture through the development of family and home-growing structures seems promising. Indeed, local agriculture was particularly fragilized by these neo-liberal strategies, which caused massive divestment in this sector. Whereas investments devoted to agriculture represented 20% of public aid for development ten years ago, they currently only represent 5 to 6%. Many are the African countries which have thereby been forced to import necessary resources to secure the feeding of their people; and the recent food crisis has stressed the particularly negative effects of this food dependence from abroad…

That’s why it’s necessary to increase the financial contribution level to African agriculture and to facilitate the emergence of a regulating frame specific to the agricultural sector, in line with what was done for the European Union.

To be continued...

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