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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Dakar, the new crossroads for discussing agricultural issues

14 February 2011



The 11th “World Social Forum" was held from 6 to 11 February in Dakar. This is an international meeting bringing together citizen organizations from around the world, together with certain Heads of State and emblematic political figures who were all there to debate the theme of the crisis of the system and of civilizations.

The World Social Forum tackles the main economic issues associated with globalization, having studied in particular the question of food security in Africa and the ways of combating speculation in agricultural commodities. Most of those attending the event in Senegal this year reaffirmed that food sovereignty was a prerequisite for the proper economic development of Africa.

Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, the former Brazilian president and founder of the first Social Form in 2001, insisted strongly on the real commitments which were needed in agriculture to combat hunger in Africa: "what Africa needs especially is to build up its independence in food production. […] There can be no real sovereignty without food security." The Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development (CCFD) insisted for its part on how important it was to "strengthen family agriculture in Africa, the only means of ensuring food security."

These are essential questions which will, of course, be gone into in greater detail at the second International Dakar Agricultural Forum to be held in Dakar on 18 and 19 April 2011. The capital of Senegal is a new crossroads for discussing global agriculture and will be hosting the second "Dakar Agricultural" where the international community will seek to answer such questions as:

    • What principles should be used to regulate agricultural markets so as to ward off the risk of food crises and avoid repeated agricultural crises?
    • What instruments should be put in place to steer international cooperation to improve food security and combat poverty?
    • On what bases could a new global form of governance be set up that would place agriculture, food, and protecting the environment among its major priorities?
Momagri is the strategic partner for this forum and devises its program.

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