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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Pierre Pagesse.
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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Global food security is a “key element” of US foreign policy

28 September 2009



In the closing session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative1, on September 24, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton presented the broad outline of an American plan aimed at improving global food security, which has now been elevated to the rank of “key element” of US foreign policy. According to the US Secretary of State, since 2007 there have been food riots in over 60 countries. According to her, hunger “poses a threat to the stability of governments, societies and borders (…)”, adding that “food security is not just about food.But it is all about security."

An initial sum of 3.5 billion dollars has been set aside for the plan. It is one of the promises made by the rich countries during the G8 meeting in Aquila (Italy) last July, to allocate 20 billion dollars towards agricultural development.

This plan confirms US rationality on the subject, which, since President Kennedy, has always considered that agriculture and food were strategic for national and international security. The CFTC’s2, sur recommandation du Sénat américain, de réglementer les positions spéculatives sur les marchés à terme agricoles en août dernier, s’inscrit d’ailleurs dans cette logique3. Une dimension stratégique qu’il serait utile de reconnaître dans les négociations internationales, en particulier dans celles de l’OMC.

1 Colloquium created by US President Bill Clinton at the end of his mandate. It seeks to be a platform between the public services and the private sphere (companies and NGOs) for the advancement of ideas on development issues.
2 The US financial markets’ control and regulatory body.
3 See momagri article “The U.S. Senate denounces excessive speculation on agricultural futures markets” 07/09/2009 http://www.momagri.org/UK/Focus-on-issues/The-U-S-Senate-denounces-excessive-speculation-on-agricultural-futures-markets_538.html

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