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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Agricultural trade liberalization:
A “do(h)able” objective for The Cairns Group

June 23, 2014

The prophets of doom might be right on the upcoming demise of the WTO at a time when the commitments of the Bali Conference are slow to be implemented, an additional proof that the agreement is far from carrying the virtues that were expected. Simultaneously, the bilateral free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Atlantic Partnership, have the wind in their sails as well as their censors: Tom Vilsack, the US Secretary of Agriculture, recently toured Europe to promote the TTIP, and Angela Merkel, for her part, advocates the signature of the EU/Mercosur agreement. Yet increasing concerns are being raised among the European, American and even Columbian agricultural communities…

On June 5 and 6, WTO members met in the Agriculture Committee to closely study export subsidies with a view to keep then at a low-level, and to work toward their permanent removal. An ardent supporter of trade liberalization, The Cairns Group felt this was a doable objective that is consistent with the commitments initiated in the Doha Round in 2001. However, this is not to everyone’s liking. The European Union and the United States did not hesitate to curb the optimism of countries such as New Zealand, claiming that current information regarding export support policies––such as subsidies, food aid and governmental trading firms––are far from being adequate and do not help to favorably advance the negotiations on the issue.

The Doha Round is stillborn, the Bali Ministerial Conference passed the buck, and yet the diehard backers of free trade are still present in the WTO, and want to revive the practices and approaches that are today totally obsolete and harmful. But above all, the abrupt slowdown by the United States and the European Union in ingoing negotiations on the elimination of barriers in global agricultural trade could be an additional confirmation that the game is played elsewhere, in a quite different area––that of bilateral negotiations. In fact, it is clearly at that level that the fate of agriculture is currently being handled. This viewpoint could prove to be worrisome in the framework of the transatlantic partnership or the EU/Mercosur agreement, if the European Union continues to ignore the new economic realities of agriculture. It is clear that the instability of agricultural markets and international competition will further escalate in the coming years.

It is now urgent to inspire the awareness of the fact that the CAP can no longer remain a policy that goes against the flow of other major agricultural policies throughout the world, at the risk of endangering its own agriculture and food security.

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Paris, 16 December 2018