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 fate of French farming challenged

July 14, 2014

Under the title “The lines of work in 2022”, a recent study from the French Ministry of Labor had the effect of an electric shock by announcing the inevitable disappearance of farming jobs. In fact, the sector has lots 26 percent of jobs between 1992 and 2002, and could lose eight percent more by 2022, with a crisis scenario leading to the loss of 92,000 jobs. To make matters even worse, the French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) just released a document confirming the 19.8 percent decline of average agricultural incomes in 2013 following three years of growth, and this due to lower prices in field crops and to higher prices for intermediate consumption, such as fertilizers and energy. As far as the 28 nations of the European Union are concerned, INSEE also indicates lower revenues, although less significant with only a 1.3 percent drop.

Reactions from the agricultural community were swift. The major agricultural unions united to call on the Government and European institutions to change the direction of the agricultural policy in a context of unbridled competition, both within and outside EU borders. The liberal policies of the past are no longer working if we want to safeguard the future of French agriculture,. The Coordination Rurale union thus calls on the French Government to rescue one of the country’s most strategic sectors, and in turn the Modef warns of “the need to revamp the CAP toward an interventionist policy including price and market regulation with bottom price fixing.”

The instability and downward trend of French agricultural incomes are not news and did not occur ex-nihilo. The successive reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the dismantling of regulation mechanisms since the mid-1990s have resulted in an increased exposure of French and European farmers to global price hyper-volatility. Agricultural incomes have mostly become extremely disorganized since 2006, because the CAP––and particularly decoupled payments––does not insure their stability.

European farmers are indeed key players in issues of European food security and agro-food competitiveness. This fact cannot be denied. Yet, without any accountability from the French Government and European institutions, without any political drive to restore some ambition to European agriculture, this fact will remain yet another wishful thinking, if we insist in considering our agricultural activities as the adjustment and equilibrium variable for increasingly volatile agricultural markets.

It is to guard against such situation that the world’s major agricultural power––similarly to the United States, Brazil or China––have initiated and strengthened effective safety nets for their farming incomes. It is therefore crucial that the European Union does not go against the flow during the mid-term reconsideration of the CAP, since its strategic independence and the future of its citizens depend on it.

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