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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Russia: A future agricultural champion?

December 14, 2015

In early December, before the Russian parliament, Vladimir Putin called for Russia to become fully self-sufficient in agricultural production by 2020, including production in organic farming.

“Not only can we feed ourselves, given our land and our water resources, but Russia is can become a world leader in the production of healthy, ecologically clean, quality produce, which has long since disappeared from some western producers, especially as demand for such production is growing steadily”, announced the Russian President.

Beyond the promotion of organic farming, according to him, the conquest of foreign markets and the growth in Russian production should be a natural strategy for the development of the country’s economy.

As despite the structural deficiencies plaguing the country's agriculture (lack of infrastructure, dilapidated farms characterized by two decades of underinvestment), against a backdrop of economic crisis in 2015, Russian agriculture has progressed in the last 10 last years. A net importer ten years ago, Russia exported nearly 20 billion USD in agricultural produce in 2014.

We are witnessing a paradigm shift where it is no longer only gas or industrial resources that dictate Russian economic diplomacy. The 20 billion USD in agricultural exports in 2014 boasted by Putin represent a third more than arms sales and a third more than revenue from gas exports.

The geostrategic dimension behind President Putin’s announcement is obvious. In keeping with the ancestral strategy and culture of the “Derjava” (power in Russian), in recent years, Moscow has clearly demonstrated its willingness to weigh in the global agricultural balance and use food as a weapon in the international power balance. For better or for worse.

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