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 Rite of Spring of Canada’s agricultural policy

March 25, 2013

While in Europe, the fate of the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy will not be settled before this summer, agriculture’s future is also a topic for debate in Canada.

The next Canadian and agro-food policy comes into force on April 1, 2013, upon completion of the “Growing Forward” 2008-2012 framework agreement. The new agreement, “Growing Forward 2”, which was examined during an important working session of the Pauline Marois Administration held in Quebec on March 22, 2013, anticipates a US$3 billion investment and includes a 50 percent increase in government programs, with costs split for innovation, competitiveness and market development. One of the three new programs––Agri-Competitiveness––involves investment targeted to assist agriculture in adapting to new and changing national and international opportunities and challenges, reacting to market trends, and increasing the nation’s trade and entrepreneurial capability.

So, just like the European Union, Canada is an influential agricultural power. In fact, Canadian agriculture is in good shape. It generates jobs––about 193,000 persons––as well as incomes––over C$3.4 billion yearly. On March 1, the Coop Fédérée posted sales of US$4.9 billion in 2012, or a 10 percent increase over the previous year. Canada is also a net exporter of agricultural commodities, with agriculture accounting for no less than nine percent of the country’s total exports.

Yet, unlike the EU, Canada has adopted more resolute measures. It is one of the driving nations pursuing innovative and effective agricultural strategies to safeguard and stabilize farmers’ incomes, implementing, for instance, risk management tools such as the business risk management program (BRM) initiated in 2008 to protect farmers’ incomes against the destructive consequences of price volatility.

If a certain amount of nervousness is recently perceived in the European Union, Canada’s driving force in implementing tailored and effective programs to enhance agriculture and farmers could indeed inspire many in Brussels and in European capitals.

Thanks to its SGPA (Global Support to Agricultural Production) indicator, momagri has recently determined that, since 2005, Europe has made a choice countering that of the world’s other major powers, which invest massively to safeguard the food security of their people1. By all accounts, Canada ranks among these major powers. The upcoming application of the SGPA methodology to Canada will thus give us the opportunity to assess Canada’s support to agriculture.

1 “Agricultural Policies: The European Union drops out” http://www.momagri.org/UK/press-reports/Agricultural-policies-The-European-Union-drops-out_1181.html
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