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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French agribusiness professionals,
“Will you have a small cup of anxiety?”

Novembre 25, 2013

“We want to sound the alarm,” complained Philippe Mangin, President of Coop de France, on November 14. “Tragedies such as those in Brittany will occur elsewhere in the land,” warns Xavier Beulin; “We are in a tunnel, and we do not see the way out,” adds Jean-Philippe Gérard, President of the French food industry trade association (ANIA). ANIA, Coop de France and FNSEA are thus uniting to raise a red flag: Yes, the French agribusiness sector is ailing, and the Breton crisis might only be a preview1.

The Law for the Future of Agriculture presented on November 13, 2013 is small comfort to agricultural and agribusiness organizations (particularly due to the lack of research and innovation components), and draws further attention to fiscal and regulation pressures that would restrain the industry and undermine its competitiveness, especially regarding Germany. In the end, from cattle to poultry, from social distortion between European competitors to price wars between distributors, today all involved in the agribusiness chain are in trouble.

These professionals are expecting a one percent decline in agribusiness production for the second consecutive year, while it is increasing by 2.5 percent worldwide. Some 5,000 jobs might be in jeopardy this year, and business failures in the sector rose by almost 10 percent during the first half of 2013, compared to the previous year. The industry’s trade surplus might fall to €8.5 billion, against €9.2 billion in 2012. Consequently, while France was still the leader in agro-food exports only a few years ago, it recently stepped down from its ranking of world’s fourth largest exporter in favor of Brazil.

No way out of the crisis seems to be at hand for the time being, yet the issues are remaining critical and unanswered. How can we meet the current agricultural challenges posed by agricultural price hyper-volatility, or the pressure of intra-European and global competition? How can we plan for the future of European agriculture if the competitiveness on agricultural and agribusiness markets is sold off? These issues are not yet nearing a resolution with the 2015 CAP, whose budget for the years 2014-2020 was adopted this past November 21…

1 Please see momagri’s recent analysis of the Breton crisis at: http://www.momagri.org/UK/editorials/The-Breton-agricultural-crisis-and-the-euro-crisis-Two-symptoms-of-a-Europe-in-search-of-a-strategy-_1332.html
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