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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New perspectives for the CAP

December 14, 2012


momagri welcomes the statement made by Philippe Mangin, President of Coop de France- Union InVivo1, regarding the 2014 CAP and the adjustments required to the current reform draft.

Actually, acumen dictates a flexible 2014 CAP with counter-cyclical incentives.” Flexible support is a way to initiate stronger solidarity between grain farmers and livestock ranchers. It also represents the only way for agriculture and agribusiness to uphold its flagship position in the European economy.

In fact, it is crucial to strengthen the ambition and resources allocated to the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy, the cement that holds the European edifice together. But to achieve this, the CAP must be updated to include the new economic realities––increasing volatility of agricultural prices and farm inputs, growing and uncontrolled speculation, mounting budget constraints due to the debt crisis and rising global food insecurity.

While the world’s major economic and agricultural powers––led by the United States, China and Brazil––are boosting their support to agriculture, the European Union cannot afford to “fail to keep up”, because the food and non-food challenges ahead are extremely serious.

It is therefore crucial to rethink the European agricultural strategy, as momagri did it through its “Another CAP is possible” plan, which advocates:
    - Budget flexibility, so that “the CAP can best stick to the reality experienced by farmers” through a multiannual approach of the CAP budget;
    - The implementation of variable and counter-cyclical incentives, to maximize the economic and budgetary effectiveness of public support granted, in accordance with the new market realities.
On that basis, momagri conducted various simulations and the results are proving the pertinence of such approach, which leads to:
    - Stabilizing average farming incomes at profitable levels;
    - Maximizing earmarked budgets to create a reserve fund, in order to support markets in case of crisis.
Lastly, the CAP reform advocated by momagri is WTO-compatible, even through such constraint is now less binding, considering the long-standing stalemate in the Doha Round.

Now is the time to start new negotiations and, on that occasion, to help change the positions of the European Commission, so that the CAP can be restructured on the basis of a flexible and counter-cyclical system.

1 Union In Vivo is also one of momagri’s partners.
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Paris, 18 December 2018