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.
Agriculture's key figures
France is gradually losing its place among major agricultural export powerhouses
 
After ranking as the world’s second largest exporter until 1995, France is now only the fourth largest exporter of agricultural products.

2011 Ranking of major exporters of agro-food products

- Source: Global Trade Atlas
- By aggregating the various European countries, the European Union-27 ranks as the world’s second largest exporter.

Such ranking is far from being static, as current trends could indeed bring surprises with the up-coming entry of new emerging nations among the world’s major exporters.

Fluctuation of the share of agro-food exports by key countries in the global volume of agro-food exports between 2000 and 2011.

A loss of competitiveness for French agriculture

How can we explain the fact that France’s ranking among the major agricultural powerhouses is deteriorating?

The consequences of the CAP gradual dismantling, combined with France’s own domestic issues, have hastened the loss of competitiveness of French agricultural activities.

 
For momagri, the current situation derives mainly from the political choices made by the EU, which has ignored the strategic nature of agriculture and overlooked the need to increase production for over two decades.

Two keywords: Innovation and regulation

Innovation and regulation are the two operative words for policies that could restore the competitiveness of farmers, both at the domestic and the export levels.

In comparison to France and the EU, we note that major political powers have developed policies to strengthen the competitiveness of their agricultural activities. While they advocate the dismantling of agricultural policies, even the nations from the Cairns Group2 have implemented meaningful agricultural policies.

Brazil, … a not so liberal nation!

Since the 1990s, Brazil has been a significant emerging agricultural power.

While it presents liberal views, the country has developed extremely effective instruments towards enhancing its agricultural competitiveness: investment loans, price and agro-fuel support among others…

Accroding to some estimates, such support could represent up to 15 percent of its production value.


momagri draws the attention of all political leaders to return agriculture at the core of national and EU priorities. Otherwise, we France might lose its agricultural and agro-food assets forever.
Beyond the contribution of the agro-food chain to the French trade balance, it is Europe’s food security that is at stake.

1 The rank of 2nd world-largest exporter can be partly explained by the central location in the European Union of Dutch ports (Rotterdam for instance) for European agricultural exports. In this capacity, The Netherlands re-exports most imported agricultural merchandise and products processed on site.
2 Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada et New Zealand
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Paris, 10 December 2018