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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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European agriculture: An anti-crisis weapon

March 24, 2014

On March 13 and 14, Seville, Spain, hosted an international conference on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that gathered over 300 farmers from across Europe, as well as European and national entities such as the COPA-COGECA and ASAJA, the Spanish agricultural organization.

Three working sessions and a round table analyzed the fine points of the new 2014-2020 CAP to understand its specifics and new provisions for European agriculture. It also provided an opportunity to highlight the strategic scope of agriculture in Europe, and its impact on the operations of each of its segments.

The speakers emphasized the key role played by agriculture to assist the European Union in overcoming the economic turmoil, and underscored the fact that implementing the future CAP will be hard work, since administrative duties will increase while support is bound to decline.

Reminding citizens of the strategic and specific significance of agriculture is crucial. Yet nothing in the new CAP lets us hope that it will not only allow farmers to make a living from stable and sufficiently lucrative incomes, but also ensure the food security of 505.7 million consumers1. The instability and hyper-volatility of agricultural markets require a tailored agricultural policy; yet maintaining decoupled support further confirms an agricultural sector that is without correlation to production, or even to markets.

The new CAP lacks political will and above all strategic goals in matters of production and trade. Today, other agricultural policies throughout the world––such as in the United States or Brazil––are betting on flexible support, as they become aware of the highly strategic scope of their agricultural activities. Per capita public support to agriculture has declined by 17 percent in the EU since 2008, while it increased in other major producing nations. With this in mind, per capita public support to agriculture in the European Union will be lower than that of China and of Brazil by 2015.

While more and more producers, elected officials and citizens are recognizing the economic and strategic importance of agriculture, when will we stop to ignore the principles at the root of agricultural policies, that is to say the need to control the fluctuations of production and prices?

Ultimately, the true CAP reform remains to be done!

1 As of January 1, 2013 (Eurostat)
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