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 G20 agricultural meeting and the resumption of the Doha Round

October 15, 2012


A WTO informal meeting on global agricultural issues was held on September 28. The meeting’s conclusions included the propositions made at the G20 agricultural meeting, which could revive the commitment made by negotiators of the Doha Round.

This is the second time that G20 members meet since the December 2011 Ministerial Conference that signed the sudden halt to the negotiations of the Doha program for development. At the first meeting held on March 22, 2012, the participants’ declarations were primarily formal ones––while hollow rhetoric for others––that simply confirmed the admission of failure of the Doha Round. John Adank, New Zealand’s WTO Ambassador and Chair of the Agriculture Negotiations, then recognized that we had to “clarify the situation before figuring out the best way forward.”

Yet, the September 28 meeting seems to go somewhat further and proposes measures that aim to restart discussions concerning a new agricultural round, and thus bring back development and food security at the heart of the G20 agricultural issues.

The participants therefore set several objectives, particularly regarding the need to institute a framework for tariff quotas and conduct thorough studies on export subsidies or export competition. Such proposals, however, have a familiar ring and are exactly identical to those discussed at the Doha Round. While advocating regulatory measures must be welcomed, there is a genuine fear of an aporia stumbling over a sterile debate on the liberalization of agricultural markets in an umpteenth round of negotiations.

A genuine concern for the international community, food security will only be achieved through the implementation of a global governance system for agriculture that enables regulated markets to provide adequate revenues to all farmers throughout the world.
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