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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French cooperatives on display

June 15, 2015

The French cooperatives are trying to find their way, reinventing themselves and anticipating the future. The communication work initiated two years ago is beginning to bear fruit. With this goal in mind, the First Agricultural Cooperation Week was held in France between June 6 and 14, and included 130 events organized throughout the country.

It provided an opportunity for Philippe Mangin, President of Coop de France, to speak on the significance of the cooperative model in a global economic context of extreme financialization and more problematic instability and hyper-volatility. The governance system, which is the cornerstone of cooperatives, is one of the keys to maintaining the European and French agricultural balance.

Finally, Philippe Mangin points out that the goal of this event is underlining “how the ancestral expertise of French farmers delivers the skills to expand, diversify and put down roots anywhere in the world thanks to innovation, science and technology.”

In fact, agricultural and agro-food cooperative businesses account for close to 40 percent of the world’s cooperatives. In France, 450,000 farmers and 160,000 salaried personnel make up the Agricultural Cooperation with 2014 sales of €84.7 billion.

In this environment of latent crisis and the “all-powerful finance”, and at a time when fingers are being pointed to the loss of influence and economic effectiveness of French firms, such “entrepreneurial vibrancy” is still proving its economic success. As a result, the model was able to design strategies to efficiently fight the intrinsic market instability. Yet, cooperatives are missing a new influence trend––the internationalization of their network to support global governance. An appeal to that effect was made by Pierre Pagesse, Chairman of momagri, and seconded by Denis Richard, President of the Coop Fédérée, at the latest Summit of Cooperatives recently held in Quebec. Indeed, cooperatives must wield a stronger influence in international negotiations through concrete solutions to meet the food security challenges and implement an effective regulation system.

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