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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Agribusiness: The EU was the world’s leading exporter in 2013

June 30, 2014

On June 23, 2014, the European Commission announced that the European Union became the world’s leading exporter of agricultural products in 2013 with a total of €120 billion, thanks to increased sales of agricultural commodities to developing countries. The one-year export surge “was mostly due to grain––barley and wheat––with a surge of exports to the Middle East and North Africa.” Yet, with a 5.8 percent increase, it was nonetheless lower than previous years due to the economic slowdown in richer nations.

The Commission’s announcement is timely and almost seems in contradiction with the current situation of European agriculture: The 2014-2020 CAP is not adapted to the economic and agricultural reality. The Trans-Atlantic Partnership currently being negotiated remains a concern for farmers, who denounce its potential dangers. On June 24, called for by the FNSEA and the JA unions, several hundreds French farmers took to the streets to denounce both the partnership and the increase of rules impeding agricultural operations.

The figures released by the Commission are the ultimate proof that Europe is capable of maintaining a competitive agribusiness industry. European agribusinesses––that account for seven percent of total EU exports––are thus establishing themselves as an anti-crisis weapon and a driver for unrivaled power.

Yet, both agro-food and agriculture are subjected to exogenous and endogenous risks that impact these strategic and specific sectors. In particular, the structural hyper-volatility of agricultural markets, which impacts the whole economic chain from producers and consumers to processors and retailers.

In this context, it is crucial that Europe makes every effort to maintain long-lasting and competitive agricultural operations. This is the sine qua non condition for the competitiveness of the whole agribusiness sector. To meet the current agricultural challenges presented by the agricultural price hyper-volatility or the pressure from European and global competition, the European Union will have no other choice than implementing genuine regulation and stabilization policies that benefit everyone––farmers, consumers, processors and retailers.

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