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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2014 Climate Summit: Which role and which expectations for agriculture?

September 29, 2014

On September 23, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hosted a climate summit for the leaders of more than 120 world nations. The goal of the Summit was to create a political momentum to climate talks, with a view to the Paris Conference in 2015.

Was it an umpteenth empty promise following the breakdown in Copenhagen, or a real and concrete collective drive in terms of commitment and financing?

Agriculture and food security were included among the priorities of the day’s agenda, as an extension of the fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This latest report confirmed that climate change should have more negative effects than positive ones on those two aspects. With this in mind, Ban Ki-moon officially launched a “Global Alliance for Climate-smart Agriculture” during the Summit. The result of a team effort by the FAO and the World Bank, the alliance provides a practical and political framework for the participation of governments, international organizations, NGOs and businesses. Increasing agricultural productivity and sustainable incomes, adapting and strengthening the resilience to climate change and reducing and/or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions are among the Alliance’s objectives.

If the summit was an opportunity to emphasize the links between climate, agriculture and food security, the new alliance is far from reaching a consensus within the civil society. It criticizes not only the lack of clear and attainable objectives but also the agro-food models to be endorsed.

Yet, the summit paved the way for the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will be held 15 months from now. However, beyond the commitments made in New York, which climate justice if deregulated and volatile markets are threatening global food security? Because if the consequences of climate change can increase price volatility, the “climate” factor only intervenes as a match that can enflame the structurally unbalanced market situation.

The real issue is creating true regulation mechanisms at the international level, in order to mitigate the impact of both exogenous and endogenous risks facing agriculture, hunger and poverty. In fact, being concerned only by climate hazards, while letting markets freely fluctuate by promoting the elimination of the last regulation mechanisms, is particularly dangerous.

In the end, the issue is not looking in the crystal ball regarding the scope and timescale of climate change, but knowing if the agricultural strategy conducted by international organizations is adequate to meet these challenges.

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