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 World Economic Forum continues to focus on « a new vision for agriculture »

February 2, 2015

The 45th Davos World Economic Forum was held in late January, and mostly focused on the risks and liabilities that are shaking today’s world––from Syria to Iraq and from terrorist threats to geopolitical or viral threats––making world peace and balance indeed faltering. And agriculture and food security also seem to be impacted.

This year again, the World Economic Forum focuses on the most popular themes around these two issues, with the adoption of “a new vision for agriculture” that has been the mantra since 2009. The objective of such initiative, which is backed by researchers, NGOs and agribusinesses, is to raise production by twenty percent while lowering greenhouse gas emissions (per ton produced) by twenty percent, and cutting down rural poverty by twenty percent every ten years. With this in mind, the 2015 Forum launched the “Global Challenge Initiative”, which first and foremost promotes investment, innovation and cooperation.

Although unthinkable a decade ago, agriculture and food security are getting increasing consideration, and the doctrine that prevailed only ten years ago is now changing. For instance, the devotees of the World Economic Forum now acknowledge that agricultural markets are extremely unpredictable, and that the agricultural commodity prices are undergoing excessive volatility.

This year again, the challenges and opportunities linked to food security were the topics of numerous discussions. While the agricultural and food challenge is easy to outline, the concrete implications are quite more complex: How to produce more and better? How to link African and Asian farmers to markets, while safeguarding their agricultural and rural development?

Yet, if these are overreaching issues, they are far from the only ones to be tackled with urgently. Without the implementation of a genuine world agricultural and food governance system, and without regulation as a prerequisite condition for sound market operations, these initiatives, however laudable, will remain unsuccessful. We have no choice but note that beyond the commitments made in Davos, the impact of the World Economic Forum in terms of agriculture and food security is almost non-existent.

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