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

International Green Week in Berlin: Grim outlook for European agriculture

January 25, 2016

As it does every year, Berlin hosted the International Green Week (Grüne Woche) between January 15 and 24. This year, the leading international show for food and agriculture examines the world population and the growth of megacities, at a time when over half of the world population lives in urban areas and should reach 70 percent by 2050.

Yet beyond the theme of the fair, the near future of European farmers also raises concerns and actions in a context of continued decline of meat, milk and grain prices. In fact, the livestock crisis persists and European grain prices are posting a flat EEG in an anxiety-provoking environment––a recession in some emerging nations, lower oil prices and an oversupply situation.

How will our policy makers respond to a global food security challenge if they are not able to defuse a crisis that is now over a year old?

The figures tell the story: As far as milk is concerned, the prices paid to producers have lost between 30 to 40 percent of their value throughout Europe.

In France, over 60 percent of farmers in all production sectors would have reported a negative income in 2015 if they had not received public subsidies. Over 75 percent of grain farmers would also have been in this specific case, as would be close to 90 percent of beef and sheep farmers1.

Lastly, the latest business barometer carried out by the French Institute for Public Opinion (IFOP) for the French Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) indicates that 39 percent of farmers are considering their economic situation as bad or even very bad, against 22 percent in March 2014.

Brussels’ response to the situation is sorely missing. In fact, European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan refrained from any statement at the opening session of the Green Week, thus conveying once again the Commission’s wait-and-see and skittish position on the future of European agriculture.

At a time when two thirds of financing is not linked to the economic reality of European agriculture, must we wait for the collapse of incomes and operations in the European agricultural sector to plan for the reorganization of the CAP? Are we in the process of endorsing the end of our aspirations for agriculture?

Yet we have the potential to restore a new strategic framework to the CAP adapted to agricultural and geo-economic realities, but to do so a review of the current CAP must be made. This is the basis of the proposal that momagri has forwarded to European authorities and to the French Government2.

1 Figures provided by the French Ministry of Agriculture
2 http://www.momagri.org/UK/focus-on-issues/A-NEW-STRATEGIC-COURSE-FOR-THE-CAP_1529.html

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