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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Will China soon be the world’s top importer of agricultural products?

9 January 2012



More and more studies are showing it: In five or ten years’ time, China could rank as the world’s largest importer of agricultural products.

Due to the growing Chinese population and higher revenues, the country will face, in the upcoming years, a quantitative as well qualitative increase of food demand. In a parallel development, the urbanization and industrialization of the past few years created a decline of farmland. Thus, according to a Standard Bank report by Simon Freemantle and Jeremy Stevens, China has lost close to 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of farmland in the past 15 years1.

In this environment, China is looking at every possible way to secure supplies. It conducts policies to actively support agriculture with a €90 billion agricultural budget that includes ambitious objectives to increase production, improve yields and strengthen security reserves2.

In addition, the country has, these past few years, conducted a strategy to secure supplies from abroad through an increase of its agricultural investments in several land-rich and politically stable African nations, such as Mozambique for instance.
So, China is bound to play an increasingly greater role in international agricultural trade in the years ahead. Given the tightness of these markets––they only account for 10 percent of global production––the already increased influence of this demographic and economic giant will spread. It is not by coincidence that one of the G20 key goals is fighting agricultural price volatility. It is to the advantage of large as well as small importing nations.

It is thus even more important to implement regulatory measures for agricultural markets as quickly as possible, and momagri’s proposal for an Agriculture and Food Policy makes all the more sense.

1 http://www.standardbank.co.za/
2 Please see momagri March 17, 2011 article “What can we learn from China’s food security policy?” http://www.momagri.org/UK/points-of-view/What-can-we-learn-from-China-s-food-security-policy-_867.html

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