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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Kenyan farmers demand higher corn prices

17 October 2011

Corn harvests have been bountiful this year in Northern and Western Kenya. But they do not really benefit farmers who must rapidly sell crops and are forced to set very low prices because of poor access to market and inadequate warehousing facilities. According to the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation, most farmers in the country’s northern and western regions are selling 90-kilogram bags of corn for 2,000 Kenyan shillings (less than €15), or three times cheaper than a few months ago.

These farmers are demanding, and rightly so, a policy of public storage. They are calling upon the government to purchase their corn at higher prices, which would also enable the state to build up its strategic grain reserves and more effectively combat the food insecurity that rages in other parts of the country.

The case of corn farmers in Northern and Western Kenya is emblematic of the condition of most farmers in developing countries. Faced with inadequate infrastructures––particularly concerning storage––that breed the extreme volatility of agricultural prices, farmers are in fact forced to sell crops at unprofitable levels, a situation that threatens their food security, jeopardize their ability to invest to develop their operations, and imperil the future of their farms.

This situation attests to the need of implementing measures at the national, regional and international levels that aim to stabilize agricultural commodity prices at levels that are high enough through pertinent regulatory mechanisms. This is the essential prerequisite to durably improve food security in developing countries, where a majority of the population works in agricultural activities.

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