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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Food security discussed again in Davos

February 4, 2013


The 43rd World Economic Forum was held in Davos, Switzerland, between January 23 and 27, 2013. Over 2,500 policy-makers from all parts of the world met in the Swiss Alps to address global economic issues under the theme “Resilient Dynamism”. More responsible and inclusive economic growth and structural reforms to strengthen competitiveness were the commitments made for 2013.

Once again this year, issues linked to food security were addressed. Awareness about the new realities of agricultural markets and the harmful consequences of price volatility on food security had been genuine during previous meetings. This year’s Forum focused on land law in agriculture. Participants thus denounced the often opaque and violent practices concerning farmland transfers in poor countries, and asked for the implementation of a “legal regulation for property rights.” The lack of stockpiling ability for perishable products was also raised, while a recent United Nations study voiced concerns about the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually.

The 43rd Forum ended on a hopeful note. Yes, tomorrow’s agribusiness will be able to feed the world’s nine billion people in 2050. The leaders and heads of the large financial institutions also confirmed that 2013 would be a year of action.

Since the 41st Forum held in 2011, the challenges and opportunities related to food security have been topics of discussions at the World Economic Forum. Yet, while improving the fate of small farmers in poor countries and supporting land protection are genuine objectives to be pursued to improve the global agricultural context, these issues are far from being the only ones deserving urgent action. In fact, all these initiatives–––no matter how commendable–––will be in vain without the implementation of a genuine agricultural and food global governance system.

As advocated by momagri, agriculture must therefore be placed at the heart of a strategic and global vision to foster better-distributed economic growth thanks to better-regulated free trade. This is the way we will maximize the potential of agricultural production in an increasingly risky world––growing financialization, price hyper-volatility and climate hazards among others––while preserving the environment and fighting poverty.
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