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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Libya intends to revive its agricultural potential

January 14, 2013


As the country is rebuilding following the civil war between February 15 and October 23, 2011, Libya, whose oil and gas resources account for 95% of revenues, now wants to diversify its economy. Accordingly, Tripoli would like to rely on its agricultural potential to compete with neighboring countries––especially in the Maghreb. The challenge is a bold one. Restricted by its topographical and climatic conditions, the country is mostly made of desert land, and only contains 8.9 million acres of farmland––only two percent of the country’s total area. Today, Libyan agriculture only accounts for four percent of GDP and 17 percent of national employment.

In May 2012, both the FAO and Libya already reiterated their commitment to develop the nation’s agriculture and food security. Consequently, Libya should earmark $71 million to develop activities such as plant and animal production, pest management, seed improvement, supervision of natural resources, or yet building up abilities and institutions.

One of the first segments to be developed is olive growing to become competitive with olive oil producers in the Mediterranean Basin. Libyan olive oil currently accounts for a minor share of global production (the country ranks 12th in global production or 0.25 percent of market share), far behind Morocco (the world’s fourth largest producer) or Tunisia (the world’s sixth largest producer). Spain heads the roster, with 43 percent of global production.

In spite of the early stages of infrastructure upgrading and agricultural expansion, Libya remains mostly dependent on agricultural imports, as 75 percent of food is imported. Yet, these initiatives, which are supported by the FAO and some European nations such as France, are once again showing how agriculture is becoming a key strategic issue for the 21st century, just like energy commodities. But Libya must first implement a stable and sustainable agricultural policy backed by major international organizations to redevelop its agriculture and, in fine, ensure stability across the entire nation.
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