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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 agri-food industry: France seeks its place in the sun

February 10, 2014

“In the coming years, agriculture will be a subject of foreign policy at the heart of relations between States. With its favourable climate and vast agricultural land, our country has several advantages for asserting itself and shining on the international stage.”

This assertion, prophetic in tone, advanced by Thierry Pouch, an economist at the Assembly of Chambers of Agriculture (APCA), could become a reality for France or at least eventually constitute the heart of a policy of national influence and competitiveness in world agricultural markets. As an example, on 30th January, Nicole Bricq, Minister of Foreign Trade and Guillaume Garot, Minister of State for the Agri-Food Industry, in conjunction with the Association of Regions of France, announced a 3 year export support plan for 250 SMBs (small and medium size business) and ETIs (intermediate size businesses). The ambitious objective is to surpass Germany in the field of agri-food exports in 10 years.

Even though the food industry generates 60€ billion in turnover from exports and is the second trade surplus in France after aeronautics, in 10 years France fell from 2nd to 5th place in exporting countries behind the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. Currently, of the 13 000 businesses that make up the sector in France, only 450 are present internationally. Since the early 2000s, French competitiveness seems to be taking a new downturn (after the first which started in the 1970s), principally due to the rise of neighbouring Germany and emerging countries.

Therefore, if agriculture and the agri-food sector are for France a powerful anti-crisis weapon; protecting farmers and consumers from the exogenous and endogenous risks to this specific and strategic sector should become a critical issue. However, it is clear that for the time being, beliefs in the absolute virtue of free trade still persevere, this was demonstrated by the recent dismantling of the CAP and the capitulation of Europeans when confronted with the proponents of “market signals and decoupling”1.

1 Henri Nallet, a former agriculture minister in the Michel Rocard government

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