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 WTO World Forum: What is left after 20 years?

April 13, 2015

As it commemorates its twentieth anniversary, the WTO hosted a world forum in Marrakesh on April 8 and 9. This shindig-like conference convened the elite of global commerce and business, as well as approximately 40 African trade ministers.

A highly symbolic venue since it was precisely in Marrakesh that, after eight years of difficult negotiations, the Uruguay Round was concluded on April 15, 1994. Then the talks on agriculture were then a factor in slowing down the process. Twenty years later, and as many years trying to liberalize global agricultural trade, agriculture and food still remain key tension points between WTO members.

Since 1994, the issue of agriculture has been not only the major obstruction to the successful negotiations of the WTO rounds, but also a sensitive issue in the framework of free trade agreements––EU/Canada free trade agreement, EU/United States and EU/Japan. This proves that the strategy adopted by the WTO has not only shown its limitations, but fails to provide a solution to the current agricultural and food challenges. Worse even, the strategy is part of the problem facing governments to ensure their food security. Lastly, global agricultural powers are increasingly unwilling to compromise their agricultural interests to conclude a WTO agreement or a free trade agreement.

Agriculture is a global public good and should be considered as such in international arenas, especially at the WTO, as well as in the framework of bilateral trade negotiations. Otherwise, how many price reversals, climate disasters, epizootic diseases and food riots will we experience to become aware of that fact, and truly design a global governance system to safeguard the future of our agricultural activities?

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Paris, 24 June 2019