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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Reforming the CAP: The Government’s small first steps

September 17, 2012


Amid highly testing economic conditions, the Government kicked off the autumn with two events concerning the future of European and national agriculture. On September 7, Stéphane Le Foll called the first session of the committee to monitor the reform of the 2013-2020 CAP, which gathered the members of the Conseil Supérieur d’Orientation de l’Agriculture (CSO), along with representatives of French regions1. Several days later, it was François Hollande’s turn to deliver a speech on September 11 at the opening of the International Livestock Trade Fair in Rennes, remarks that were eagerly awaited by professionals in the field.

The two meetings provided an opportunity to outline the Government’s position on the CAP reform, and more generally its future directions concerning agricultural policy. François Hollande maped out an ambitious line for French agriculture: “To feed the world, all farmers in all countries should be mobilized, but our [agriculture] is our responsibility. We need to help other countries to produce more. Ourselves we must seize the opportunity to do so, because we are a large agricultural country and less exposed than others to climate risks. Look what is happening right now. Therefore, our agriculture has a major role to play in the supply of agricultural commodities and the balance of global markets. This is the goal that I set. France must contribute to feed the world population and act here, [in France], for employment and our territories." He also stated his vision for the CAP: "I won’t admit it becomes a variable of fiscal adjustment in the negotiations that will open ... I believe that the CAP is intended to contribute to the growth and I will defend for my part, a European budget that maintains the CAP appropriations”.

Even better, the President has made regulation a priority: "I am well aware that regardless of our efforts, whatever our commitments, whatever our policies, all of this can be nullified if the prices are not controlled, if persists volatility of agricultural products and raw materials. My conviction is made long, agriculture can not be left to market rules. The crisis has unfortunately demonstrated the dangers of liberalism without limits, a globalization without rules and without moral financialization. This is even more true for agriculture ... If in addition to these climatic uncertainties, returning almost every year, adding a speculation that amplifies price fluctuations, then it is a major risk for productions. That is why I am convinced of the benefits of global governance for subjects as crucial as food security. "

The European Commission project does not integrate these priorities. Besides, the article published by by European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos in Le Figaro (on september 5) goes well beyond the Commission proposal: supporting the fair distribution of incentives without reducing financing, restoring the competitiveness of agriculture, using strategic reserves to fight price volatility, and implementing regulation instruments.

Over and beyond the advisable actions, it is now even more urgent to initiate concrete measures to meet the future challenges of the French––and European––agriculture. This is precisely what momagri is recommending through a counter-cyclical approach and market management mechanisms, so that agriculture is finally returned to the core of international contemporary issues2, because, let’s not forget it, another PAC is possible!

1 The complete speech of the French President during the trade fair in Rennes is available here (in french) http://www.elysee.fr/president/les-actualites/discours/2012/discours-du-president-de-la-republique-au-26eme.13911.html
2 Please see momagri article “Another CAP is possible! http://www.momagri.org/UK/editorials/Another-CAP-is-possible-momagri-proposes-countercyclical-tools-to-stabilize-farmers-revenues-and-fight-against-the-destructive-effects-of-price-volatility_1124.html
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