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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The French Senate intends “to deal with food as a global public good”

 

31 May 2010



The rapporteur of the senatorial delegation for strategic foresight, Mr. Yvon Collin, Senator from the Tarn-et-Garonne département, organized a first round table on Thursday, May 20, on “The food challenge by 2050”. Several authorities from the world of agriculture spoke in preparation of a report to recommend the strategies to be implemented.

The Senate’s deductions from these hearings are quite meaningful and remarkably similar to the observations supported by momagri. As pointed out in the May 26, press release, this workshop on agricultural prospective

    • “Showed that the worst case scenarios were not the least remote possibilities and that feeding the planet in 2050 entails vigorous policies that break with past trends;

    • Brought to light the fact that even a more or less adequate balance between supply and demand does not rule out high price volatility with potentially devastating consequences because of increased trade;

    • Reminded that, if standard of living increases should lead to standardized consumption patterns, we would experience production deadlocks, particularly regarding meat products (…);

    • Demonstrated that, faced with this challenge, the highest level of international mobilization was not up to scratch, since G-8 commitments were too often incompletely met.”
The press release concludes that, considering these first observations, it is important “to deal with food as a global public good and to devise [strategies to be implemented] by fully considering the economic development general imperatives and the particular situation of farmers, whose role will become, tomorrow more than ever, a primary concern.”

This latest pronouncement must be especially pointed out, as it denotes a significant awareness of the weight of agriculture among political decision-makers, and also testifies to a needed adjustment in the way these issues must be addressed. In fact, as stated by Jacques Carles, Executive Vice President of momagri, “a global public good is a good that must be managed collectively, at the international level, and according to the principle of subsidiarity, that is to say any activity that can be better managed by global governance than by national or sub-regional governance”. This is the case for agriculture and food, which are directly shaping the future of the planet.

Asserting that food must be dealt with as a global public good necessarily implies the creation of a global governance system for agriculture and food. Let us hope that such awareness becomes more generalized.
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