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 issue of agriculture and food is still focus of concern for Dacian Ciolos

October 19, 2015

“There is no issue more important that the issue of food. For multitudes of people, it is an every day worry that is more compelling and more all consuming than it was the day before. Every morning, one must resolve it, suffer from it or perish.1” Such was the opening remark by Jean-Louis Rastoin, Professor Emeritus at the Montpellier SupAgro graduate school, Director of the UNESCO Chair of World Food System and member of the Académie d’Agriculture de France (AAF), when he presented the topic of the October 7 meeting jointly organized by the AAF and the Société Française d’Economie Rurale (SFER). “Institutions, science, markets, civil society and food security”, how can these various levers be mutually coordinated and motivated?

To address these issues, a guest who is––to seldom––heard, Dacian Ciolos. The former European Commissioner for Agriculture was appointed as appointed Special Counsel on Food Security to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on last July 1, and is now especially focusing on how the European Union can meet this challenge.

Dacian Ciolos believes that, although food security is a goal that enjoys a broad consensus, an international agreement on the shared vision to implement this objective remains a difficult undertaking. In fact, international organizations, such as the United Nations, the G20 as well as the WTO, are considering this food challenge as an increasingly structuring issue. Dacian Ciolos then discussed the contributing factors that have worsened food security, including the volatility of markets. The former commissioner thus calls for enhanced cooperation from local stakeholders to international organizations, based on improved coherence and more innovative public action. In this respect, he regrets the European Union’s lack of institutional and political influence, even so when it remains the key financial backer in the fight against poverty and food insecurity.

momagri agrees with Dacian Ciolos’ opinion. Our think tank feels that renewing global governance in the issues of agriculture and food security must be one of the backbones of international cooperation. Is it still possible to hope that the European Commission shares the same insight?

1 Elie Reclus, le Pain, 1909

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