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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  Editorial March 2017 Newsletter :
« The prevailing doom and gloom will not get the better of the bold »


Momagri Editorial Board

The prevailing doom and gloom will not get the better of the bold. Though the European Union celebrated the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome on the 25th March, proposals will have to be plentiful in order to give European integration a new breath of life and to turn the page from Brexit. As a follow-up to our White Paper, which proposes a coherent risk and crisis management framework based on a countercyclical aid scheme, our analysis of the current EU budgetary rules shows that the flexibility needed to manage a countercyclical system already exists in community treaties and regulations. An explanation is developed in the article below and in this video from Momagri Managing Director, Jacques Carles (Article 1).

As part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Commission performed a forecasting exercise based on different scenarios for EU development by 2025. Though there is a certain willingness from the Commission on the issues of common defence or the Energy Union, the strange silence surrounding agriculture and food suggests that a new momentum from the DG AGRI seems more necessary than ever. It is also necessary to renew with the spirit of the founding fathers who saw Europe as a chance to escape the nascent bipolarisation of the USA and the USSR. Even today, European integration only has a future in a multipolar approach to the world. It is therefore absolutely necessary to turn our backs on the tendency, wide spread as soon as it concerns agriculture, of considering the European single market as the heart of a generalized and non-polar global free trade. (Article 2).

The awareness of Europe’s fragility to integration also comes from the change in discourse on the other side of the Atlantic following the election of Donald Trump. Will there be a Trump effect on world agriculture? This was the question posed by the Agri-TV journalist Jean-Paul Hébrard on his stand at the Agricultural Show on March 3rd. The answer came from three experts: Eddy Fougier, political scientist and research associate at IRIS, Thierry Pouch, head of the study department at the Permanent Assembly of the Chambers of Agriculture, and Frédéric Courleux, Momagri advisor. Find the video by clicking here (Article 3).

Agricultural matters are also a major concern in other parts of the world. A recent World Bank report indicates that growth in sub-Saharan Africa declined by 1.6% in 2016, the lowest in more than 20 years. The reason: the fall in commodity prices. Beyond this observation, the number of solutions put forward is deplorable, as is the lack of discussion on the subject of the effects of securing the CFA Franc to the euro zone and, time and again, the anti-subsidy diatribe on inputs even though the report notes Africa’s decline in terms of agricultural productivity. (Article 4).

The following articles have also been published on our website:
- Support in the CAP, Jacques Carles, Momagri : « yes, counter-cyclical support is possible ! », Terre-net média
- Are we helping the farmers who need it the most?, Momagri Editorial Board
- Chinese Policy Paper No. 1: Agriculture remains a strategic priority, Momagri Editorial Board

This newsletter includes four articles on the following subjects:



  1. « Why Momagri's proposals fully respect the European Union Treaties and Regulations? »
Momagri Editorial Board (temporarily in French)

« Applying the Momagri CAP implies that budget commitments and payments are adjusted every year in line with market developments... »

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  2. « White Paper on the future of Europe: A bout of fatigue at the DG AGRI? »
Momagri Editorial Board

« The Treaty of Rome will celebrate its 60th anniversary on March 25, 2017. Following the Brexit, the rise of Euroscepticism... »

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  3. « Is there a Trump effect on world agriculture ? »
Momagri Editorial Board (in French)

« Experts discussed this highly strategic question as guests on TV Agri with journalist Jean-Paul Hébard at the Agricultural Show on 3rd March... »

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  4. « An analysis of issues shaping Africa’s economic future »
World Bank report Africa’s Pulse

« After slowing to 3 percent in 2015, economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to fall to 1 6 percent in 2016... »

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