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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Pascal Lamy calls for greater transparency in fiscal support measures

11 July 2011

By recommending “greater transparency in fiscal support measures” on 1st July, at the Special Session of the Trade Policy Review Body, Pascal Lamy Director General of the WTO, underlined both the urgency for the international community to have a more accurate picture of public support measures and indirectly, the need to develop new assessment tools complementary to those used today.

This is especially true for agriculture, where the recent economic crisis demonstrated not only the relevance of structural public policies to compensate for deficiencies in imperfect markets, but also the importance of multiple support and transmission channels for agriculture on account of the growing interconnection among sectors and markets.

Yet currently, no database using a common logic to all countries around the world exists that lists and ranks the global support available to different national agricultures. This void, due as much to a lack of raw information and transparency in existing data as the absence of inclusive templates and appropriate indicators, is a serious disadvantage for the G20’s desired overhaul of global agricultural governance.

It is in this perspective that the momagri think-tank built the SGPA1 indicator (Global Support to Agricultural Production) aimed at providing the international community with a typology for assessing agricultural support, based on a global and transverse logic, which takes into account the different budgetary, but also extra-budgetary support available to a State via exchange rates and/or advantageous monetary policy.

The first results obtained, based on comparison between the U.S. and Europe confirm the wide range of support available to agriculture that is not included in traditional indicators, as well as the importance of financial and fiscal factors.

All these findings underline the potential benefits that the SGPA could offer the WTO and more generally, the ongoing G20 discussions on the terms of support and regulation of agriculture.

1 http://www.momagri.org/UK/momagri-agency/Global-Support-to-Agricultural-Production-or-Soutiens-Globaux-a-la-Production-Agricole-SGPA-Presentation-results-and-findings-for-the-United-States-and-Europe-_936.html

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