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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Belgium’s Minister for Agriculture Sabine Laruelle champions the idea of a strong CAP

December 3, 2012


While the November 23 European Summit ended in an expected failure and European farmers held protests at the European Parliament on November 26 and 27, various policy makers were not afraid to stick their necks out and defend the interests of European farmers. This is the case of Belgium’s Federal Minister for Agriculture, Sabine Laruelle, who calls for short- and long-term options.

Sabine Laruelle is very clear: A Common Agricultural Policy budget kept at the same level as previously should be a minimal amount to meet short-term deadlines. In an environment where farmers’ incomes are mostly penalized by rising production costs, the Minister feels that the budget framework proposed by the European Commissioner and the European Presidency would not improve farmers’ conditions.

Going one step further, the Belgian Agriculture Minister advocates an overhauled CAP based on “a regulatory system at the European level”, and adds, “We must state the fact that, in view of European production costs, we do not wish to sell off agricultural commodities, milk and meat. We must be able to act. (…) We must oversee agricultural activities and speculation better. We must continue to invest in European agriculture.”

In these uncertain times, the agricultural price hyper-volatility and growing tensions on markets, which might turnaround one day to the next, the future of European agriculture and agribusiness is at stake.

Now that the key issues of food security, global agricultural governance or yet regulating international trade are discussed in the major international forums, it is a matter of urgency for the European Union to regain its past leadership role. Is it not the CAP’s function to provide farmers with decent incomes, so that they can invest in production factors, and thus guarantee the food security of its 500 million people, and contribute to the food security for the rest of the world?

As advocated by Sabine Laruelle, only pertinent regulatory mechanisms will ensure the economically viable and sustainable competitiveness of European agriculture at the social and environmental levels. This highlights the need to adopt another CAP strategy. This represents momagri’s proposal: Another CAP is possible.
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