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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Brazil as agricultural champion

June 16, 2014

The 2014 Soccer World Cup began on June 12, and provides an opportunity to examine agriculture in the host country––Brazil. While predictions are proclaiming that Brazil will win the competition, the country also excels in agricultural policy.

In fact, Brazil is betting on agriculture as a driver for power, a factor of political and social stabilization and a first-rate economic engine. As a foremost agricultural power, the nation accounts for 7.3 percent of world agricultural exports and ranks third in global agricultural exports behind the European Union and the United States. Soybean remains the major exported commodity, followed by sugarcane (sugar and ethanol), meat (mostly poultry and beef), coffee and grain.

A success story that is mainly the result of the specific nature of the Brazilian approach, based on both agro-industrial farming and family farming, which the authorities decided to support through the “Zero Hunger” Challenge. A strategy that eases access to adequate food, supports agriculture and promotes activities generating incomes and social participation.

Although restricted by major drawbacks––lack of infrastructures, insufficient roads, poor management of resources and inadequate distribution of agricultural productivity gains––the country has become the “world’s farm” in only thirty years.

momagri is closely monitoring the progresses of Brazilian agriculture, since its Global Support to Agricultural and Food Production (SGPAA) indicator for Brazil tends to increase regularly (+55 percent between 2007 and 2012), and exceeds the per-capita indicator for the European Union in 2013-2014.

The strategic choices implemented by the “world’s farm” are precisely those that can chiefly have a negative impact for the European Union in the framework of the EU/Mercosur free trade agreement negotiations. If organizations, such as the COPA-COGECA, are opposed to these negotiations, there is indeed a real risk of destabilization of European agriculture, especially for beef meat, poultry and pork.

Yet, we do have now the possibility to redirect the CAP to prevent an aggravation of our situation, and thus take a new strategic course capable to safeguard our international determination and provide our farmers with ammunitions adapted to the unstable context in which they operate.

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