A new vision for agriculture
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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Now more than ever, price volatility is on the international community’s agenda

31 October 2011



Celebrated every year on October 16 in over 150 countries, World Food Day this year focused on the price instability of agricultural commodities. The agenda was the continuation of the report on world hunger presented on October 10 by the three Rome-based UN agencies, which emphasized the “devastating impact” of agricultural price volatility on global food security. In fact, unreasonably low prices are depriving farmers of revenues and excessively high prices are denying consumers access to food––thus the need for mechanisms to contain prices in a tunnel that evens out extremes.

A few days before, on October 7, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy sent a letter to members of the European Council and urged them to endorse the findings of the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting of June 22 and 23, 2011. The two top EU officials stated that the Union should in fact “take on the global food security challenge by fully endorsing the Action Plan of Food Price Volatility and Agriculture agreed upon by the agriculture ministers.”

Ever since the G20 Summit put the issue of agricultural price volatility on the agenda, there have been endless reports and studies on the causes and consequences of the phenomenon. The Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) was launched and emergency food reserves will soon be put to the test in Western Africa.

We can only hope that the efforts undertaken are pursued. The issue of transparency and regulation of agricultural markets should be researched and that of stocks broadened beyond emergency measures. Let us also hope that this background will influence the European Council and Parliament when they have to study the Commission’s proposals for the post-2013 CAP. It is definitely time for the European Union to adopt an agricultural policy that proves competent to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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