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.
  Editorial September Newsletter :
« Beyond the General Assembly on Food, the agricultural planet keeps spinning »

Momagri Editorial Board

This month in our september delivery you will find a complete analysis of the recent evolutions Russian agriculture has been through, that explain, beyond the embargo on European exports implememented in 2014, how their food and agricultural trade deficit has almost disappeared over the last few years.

While the propositions from the Commission for the post 2020 CAP reform are awaited for November, and even if the EPP group in the European parliament wishes to postpone the reform until after 2024 (press release), we continue to feed the necessary debate with two articles.

The first one begs a question that is now almost unmentionable: must we increase the intervention price for cereals ? It hasn’t changed since 2000 and it is becoming more and more difficult to consider it as a true safety net.

The second article focuses on what the DG Agri presents as the main problem with counter cyclical payments, although these payments are much more common all over the world than decoupled payments. Using a parallel with road safety policies, we engaged in deconstructing the rhetoric on “orientation by market signals”: farmers do not lower their production when prices are low not because they are autistic, but only because they are scattered and because an important part of their costs are fixed and irrecoverable, hence they have no interest in doing so on their own, and that is one of the main reasons in favor of public intervention in agriculture.

Multilateralism or bilateralism? The two last papers of this selection are about the WTO and the CETA.

The first one revisits the joint EU-Brazil offer for the next ministerial meeting of the WTO in Buenos Aires next December. This proposition includes a few improvements to pull multilateralism out of its current crisis, but even if it offers an interesting opening on public stocks, it is probably too weak, all the more since it doesn’t challenge dumping disguised as decoupling.

Finally, the last article offers a quick look at the very good report from the Schubert commission on the CETA, the trade agreement between the EU and Canada. It is far from reassuring on the reach of an agreement whose section on tariff quota was implemented last week and has already been cleverly managed on the Canadian side of things.

This month our articles are temporarily in french. The following articles have been also published on our website www.momagri.org :
  1. « The resorption of the Russian agri-food trade deficit: a result of the embargo on European agricultural products ? »
Marina Divangin et Frédéric Courleux

« L’embargo russe sur les exportations européennes et américaines a été récemment prorogé. L’analyse de la balance commerciale russe montre qu’un important rééquilibrage... »


  2. « Increasing the intervention price for cereals : a taboo debate ? »
Jacques Carles et Frédéric Courleux

« Dans un communiqué de presse paru fin août faisant état de la baisse continue des prix des céréales – les agriculteurs s’attendent à un prix d’environ 130€ par tonne de blé... »


  3. « Justification de l’intervention publique en agriculture : la Dg Agri touche-t-elle le fond? »
Jacques Carles et Frédéric Courleux

« La DG Agriculture et développement rural de la Commission européenne vient de sortir une étude synthétique sur la gestion des risques en agriculture... »


  4. « 4. Does the EU-Brazil common proposal give hope of an ambitious deal during the next WTO ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires ? »
Frédéric Courleux

« L’UE et le Brésil ont récemment soumis une proposition conjointe de modification des règles de l’OMC en matière agricole... »


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Paris, 17 June 2019