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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The lessons not learned

by Pierre Boiteau, Director of Publications,

Article published in Terre-net Magazine

“Specter of food riots returns”, “Wheat prices set record highs”… Day in and day out, various headlines in the French mainstream press are proving that the lessons of 2008 were not learned.

Admittedly, the media can easily get carried away. Doom and gloom has always been a driver for readers who are fond of bad news. This false debate, however, must not hide the political responsibility of nations and their governments. The current situation could have been avoided.
The conclusions of the 2011 G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting at the global level, the CAP directions advocated by the European Commission and the contract agreement system underway in France, all did seem appealing. Regulation was returning to the front stage. It was a promise; everything was going to be better!
Yet, we have no choice but note that things did not move beyond good intentions. In fact, they even got worse.

The drought in the United States has been the last straw! As soon as it was announced, it revived soaring prices, financial speculation and the risks of food crises and hunger riots. Corn, wheat and soybean prices reached or exceeded the 2007-2008 levels.

For producers, the situation is not really different. “I laugh and my wife cries,” a farmer recently told me. On their farm, he deals with the field crops and his wife is in charge of the livestock… and food purchases.

In a nutshell, we could clone the positions we have advocated for several years: When are we finally “provide agricultural markets with regulation and stabilization instruments? This would improve their operations and increase their resilience against crises.” The G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting agrees with it and signed, in June 2011, the action plan on agricultural and food price volatility, which France requested. Our cross-sectorial contract agreement system is an utter failure! As far as the European Union is concerned, its proposals for the upcoming CAP reform are not reflecting the urgent need to take action. When will we have concrete action then?

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Paris, 19 June 2019