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

When Columbians seek to shield farming from
market liberalization…

September 9, 2013

On August 19, farmers in Columbia started a protest movement for an unlimited duration. Two weeks later, over 200,000 Columbians had taken to the streets throughout the country, and set up roadblocks to demand that the Government provide better support to agriculture and better access to land ownership.

Specifically, Columbian farmers have been protesting to demand setting up floor prices for some goods and lower prices for agricultural inputs. Small-scale farmers are also requesting guarantees concerning access to farmland and the creation of farm reserves. Of note is the fact that farmers are also denouncing the free-trade agreements signed by Columbia with the United States or with the European Union––a recently implemented treaty––as the feel these agreements are paving the way for dumping practices on imported products and preventing adequate subsidies to agriculture.

While the farmers’ protest is weakening as a result of the signing of settlements with the Government, the social unrest, which went far beyond the sole farming community, provides one more example of the difficult conciliation between agricultural market liberalization and poverty reduction.

The May 2012 implementation of the free-trade agreement between Columbia and the United States ushered the onset of financial deregulation, opening markets to cheap imports and soaring prices for farmland. This is a burdensome situation for Columbian small-scale farmers, and far from bringing stability to farming incomes in the United States.

An unregulated liberalization of agricultural markets might not only worsen the economic conditions in most nations––especially developing countries––and increase the price volatility of agricultural commodities, but also bring about significant difficulties for agriculture. We must insist on the specific nature of agricultural activities, the historical legitimacy of regulatory mechanisms and more importantly of effective agricultural policies to maximize and give more transparency to market signals.

Colombia and all global economies are still waiting for a just and sound trade policy based on a global governance system to safeguard the strength of agriculture and preserve food security.
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