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 food industry, growth in a turbulent global context

June 4, 2012


“Despite the turbulent economic and geopolitical climate, the sector is doing pretty well.” It is in these terms that Jean-Rene Buisson, president of the National Association of Food Industries (ANIA), recently spoke about the French food sector.

In economic crises since 2008, the results by sector for 2011 speak for themselves:

    - Growth in total turnover of almost 7%, or 1.5% above inflation, to 157.2 billion euros,
    - A trade surplus of more than 11 billion euros, while France's trade deficit reached 70 billion Euros,
    - A company failure rate well below previous years, the number of company closures was halved compared to the average of previous years,
    - A stable workforce, amounting to 500,000 employees, while the industrial sector as a whole fell by 16%.
The agribusiness sector is clearly a major economic sector, particularly strategic for France because geopolitical and geostrategic tensions give agriculture and food an increasingly more important role. However, the overall performance is largely driven by exports in the beverage industry. This should not mask the fragility of certain agricultural and animal sectors. Indeed, emerging agricultural powers are strongly competing with France and Europe for positions in international markets, including within the EU. In this context, it is important for France and for Europe more generally, to make every effort to maintain a sustainable and competitive agriculture. This is the prerequisite for the competitiveness of the food industry as a whole.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the founding pillars. Let us not forget that our national food industry owes its development largely to the stability and visibility created by the CAP. Let us not forget either that price volatility is the “worst enemy” of the food processing industries. It is essential that the ongoing reform puts forward regulatory mechanisms that effectively protect the entire agri-food chain, farmers, manufacturers and consumers from the hyper-volatility of agricultural prices. Yet, it is clear that the reform currently proposed by Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner for Agriculture, does not meet this necessity.
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