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.
A look at the news

“What Paris advises, Europe ponders over it
and what Paris starts, Europe continues"1

January 20, 2014

Good news at the beginning of the year for French farming: France still ranks first among European agricultural powerhouses in spite of a lower (18.1%) share of E.U. agricultural production. French production is ahead of that of Germany (13.4%), of Italy (12.3%) and Spain (10.6%). In addition, agriculture and agro-food account for a little over five percent of the national employment.

Yet taking a closer look, this leadership position remains fragile if we rely on the quantified data for the past ten years2 :
    - The share of agriculture and agribusinesses in the French economic activity dropped by more than half since 1980,mainly due to lower agricultural prices in the past 25 years. In 2012, the sector accounted for 3.5 percent of the GDP, against 3.2 percent in 2011.

    - During the past 10 years, French farming has lost over 25 percent of its farms, replaced by larger structures. In 2010, France counted 490,000 farms against 664,000 in 2000.

    - Lastly, France has lost its ranking as the E.U. leading exporter of agricultural and agro-food products, and shifted from second to fifth place worldwide in agro-food exports behind the United States, Germany, The Netherlands and Brazil. Yet, during the first ten months of 2013, the surplus of agricultural and agro-food foreign trade reached €9,714 billion, or a 323 million increase over the previous year. In 2012, the French agro-food trade surplus reached €11.6 billion.
Confronted to the inherent instability of agricultural markets and to exogenous risks, French agriculture has coped with the dismantling of the Common Agricultural Policy, whose new version might in no way protect the French agricultural potential. Faced with the clear ambition of Brazil, the United States and even Russia––in addition to its German neighbor in the European Union––France’s agricultural competitiveness is adversely affected.

“Returning agriculture to its rightful place,” will be the resolve of the general meetings of agricultural activities proposed by major trade organizations such as FNSEA, the J.A. (Young Farmers), Coop de France, Crédit Agricole, Groupama or the Chambers of Agriculture (APCA), to be held prior to the start of the French International Agriculture Show between February 22 and March 2, 2014.

French agriculture must indeed recapture both determination and competitiveness to assert its know-how and its specific success model––especially in innovation––and instill a virtuous momentum to the future of European agriculture. France also has the proper means to convey this ambition at the European level through the implementation of regulatory policies best placed to successfully fight agricultural price volatility.

1 Victor Hugo
2 Figures provided by Agreste
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