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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Official Development Assistance (ODA) saved in extremis

October 26, 2015

Food security and development assistance are primary concerns in 2015. The World Expo in Milan, the adoption of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in late September, Food Day on 16th October and the COP21 to be held in a few weeks...

In France on 18th October, moving against government opinion, MEPs voted for an increase in official development assistance (ODA) and climate aid following a statement from President Francois Hollande, who promised an extra 4 billion Euros by 2020. This is good news, considering that France’s contribution to ODA has significantly decreased in recent years. Indeed, ODA is in its fifth year of consecutive decline, reaching its lowest level since 2001. It should not be forgotten that though France allocated 1.35% of its GDP in 1960, the country only allocated 0.36% of its gross national income in 2014, barely half of the 0.70% goal achieved today by just four countries in 2014: the United Kingdom (0.71%), Denmark (0.85%), Norway (0.99%) and Sweden (1.1%).

This mobilization of French elected officials, under pressure from civil society, confirms their renewed interest in the challenges of sustainable development. However, it is still surprising that in this new momentum, agriculture remains lost among the 26% of ODAs allocated to economic activities, particularly those intended for Africa. Despite the announcements, the French ODA for the “Agriculture and food security” sector is indeed at its lowest level since 2007. It amounted to only 410 million Euros in 2009, or 5% of total ODA that year.

Yet there is no country in the world that has not experienced stable and sustainable economic growth without previously developing its agricultural sector. Agriculture is the main source of income for over 40% of the world population. However, 70% of the world’s poor and undernourished live in rural areas and are mainly farmers.

Agriculture is a strategic variable that must be returned to the centre of development issues. For this, we must maintain and develop national, regional and global agricultural policies by redirecting their primary objectives to guaranteeing the right to food.

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