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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FAO renews demand to rein in agricultural markets

October 13, 2014

“We need to go much further.” Such is the order given by FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva to the countries attending the third FAO Ministerial Meeting to improve the international governance of agricultural commodity markets.

The reasons for such mobilization? Beyond the extreme volatility recorded on these specific and strategic markets, an outdated international governance system that does not include current economic and geopolitical realities. This in addition to the “shortcomings” in gathering reliable information and updating the data relative to stock levels and agricultural commodity trends, as stated by the Minister of Agriculture of Tunisia.

These structural failures in governance issues especially affect small farmers in the LDCs, who demand more clarity and support to fight price volatility and defend their production in international markets.

In fact, farmers cannot endure market risks by themselves, and that is true not only for LDCs but also for developed nations. Yet, while the initiatives proposed by the FAO during the ministerial meeting must be welcomed, the efforts to achieve homogenization, clarity and cooperation are far from being adequate. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently called for the conclusion of the Doha Round to safeguard global food security at a time when this very issue is questionable at the WTO. As far as the World Bank is concerned, the organization has been blamed by a group of NGOs for publishing its analysis grid “Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture” (BBA), that would favor land grabbing in the poorer countries…

Now more than ever, encouraging the implementation of favorable institutions and governance systems to improve food security remains a crucial goal. To do so, momagri advocates the creation of a global agricultural security council––based on the model of the UN Security Council––to anticipate and confront food crises through strengthened international cooperation.

This is also with this in mind that the momagri Agency was designed to improve our understanding of international agricultural issues, the clarity of agricultural markets and the international cooperation between all agricultural activities worldwide.

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