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.
A look at the news

European food aid safeguarded for now,
but in the framework of social policies

December 9, 2013

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived will be maintained at is current level of €3.5 billion for the 2014-2020 years, under an informal agreement concluded by the European Parliament and governments on November 28, 2013. The Fund will be fully operational as of January 1, 2014.

Representing a central plank for the socialists and President François Hollande, the new program for2014-2020––initially proposed to be curbed at €2.5 billion by member states––is intended to replace the current program of food aid designed to use up food surpluses produced under the Common Agricultural Policy. As a result, the European Program of Food Aid for the Most Deprived (PEAD) will be replaced in January 2014 by the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), which will be administered by European social policies, whereas the PEAD was managed in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)1.

If charitable organizations can be grateful by the continued allocation for the next seven years, allowing food aid to be managed by social policies runs the risks of slashing its agricultural scope, although food security and agriculture go hand in hand.

Even if food aid remains the gateway to all social inclusion actions, the change occurring in the European Union differs from the decisions made by some of the world’s major economic and agricultural powers, such as the United States. In fact, the U.S. is continuing to expand the resources assigned to domestic food aid programs (over 79 percent between 2005 and 2010) that assist not only the most deprived in a proven context of economic crisis, but also American agriculture, since 95 percent of all consumed goods are produced domestically.

In addition, the amounts allocated to food aid cannot be compared: $94 billion (€70.5 billion) in the United States against €808 million in the E.U. for 2012, that is to say €1.09 per year and per person in the European Union against €387 for the United States.

Agricultural production, sustainable development and social progress are joining to cooperate in the highly strategic and specific nature of European agriculture. By dismantling the functions linked to agriculture, we are moving away from the positive effect that could be generated by designing programs based on an approach similar to that of the United States.

Lastly, as called for by the French charities Les Restos du Coeur, the Red Cross and the Secours Populaire, “Now more than ever, as we face worldwide food challenges, Europe must adopt a bold agricultural policy that maintains market regulation tools […] and which does not forget those suffering from malnutrition in Europe!” Consumer protection, public health and socio-economic cohesion are unique CAP values. Let us hope that the European cohesion policy administering the FEAD can also safeguard the food security of over 13 million Europeans in need.

1 The FEAD’s scope will be expanded to include “basic material assistance” and also “social inclusion measures”. Food stored in intervention reserves will continue to be used.
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