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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Crisis in agriculture:
The European Union in search of a strategy

September 28, 2015

On September 22, the French Senate Committee on Economic and European Affairs heard Xavier Beulin, President of the FNSEA, and Thomas Diemer, President of the Young Farmers Union (JA), on the farming crisis that is seriously hitting France and the rest of the European Union. Indeed, the low prices in both beef and pork meats as well as plummeting prices in the dairy sector are increasingly threatening the survival of farmers with each passing day. The Senators and the professionals interviewed thus focused on the reality of a sector in turmoil. This hearing is to be followed by a Government announcement on October 6 and by a debate on the future of agriculture.

The tone was set from the outset: For Senator Jean-Claude Dubois, all flags are red. While the French agricultural sector accounts for 3,5000,000 direct and indirect jobs and annual sales of €40 billion, Xavier Beulin indicates that, for the past 10 to 15 years, the country has been declining compared to its European neighbors.

To deal with the current crisis, many opinions are converging to regret the inadequate response and wait-and-see position by Brussels, which has been unable to assume its responsibilities, especially in offsetting the price slump and stabilizing the European food production.

Yet, most participants in the hearing believe that agriculture is a strategic sector, and even “a highly strategic sector that deserves a proactive policy” stated Senator Jean Bizet, who chairs the Senate Committee on European Affairs.

Above all, the current crisis is a recurring component of a wider imbalance linked to intrinsic instability and erratic market fluctuations. In addition, international organizations ranging from the FAO to the USDA, the World Bank and the IMF are considering that such extreme volatility is bound to continue. Yet, the volatility makes a significant impact on agriculture and food security as a whole. Based on that observation, which strategy should be adopted to resolve the situation?

Beyond the implementation of a proactive policy mentioned by Jean Bizet, Xavier Beulin suggests the use of transparent indicators in order to make decisions. This is a requisite precondition for those who want to have innovative decision aiding, measurement and assessment tools, so that agricultural markets and policies can be better understood and analyzed.

It is with this aim in view that momagri has created the momagri Rating Agency, which designs indicators such as the Global Support to Agriculture and Food Production (SGPAA) Indicator and the Food Solvability Indicator (ISA) to improve the clarity that is so required in international negotiations.

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Paris, 20 June 2019