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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Olivier de Schutter steps down and delivers a bitter report

May 12, 2014

Let’s redesign our agricultural model and revolutionize our approach to agriculture. This is basically the plea made by Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, whose term expired on April 30, in an interview granted to the French daily Le Monde.

While “our agricultural is running out of gas”, there are also looming problems at a time when the current environment is particularly anxiety inducing. The Rapporteur is also dreading a time of “high and volatile food prices”, and possible new food crises, like the ones that occurred in 2008.

Hence, structural variables combined with market and natural hazards, which are exacerbated by the growing financialization begun in the 1980s, have been running for a decade, leading to higher and more volatile agricultural prices.

We have no choice but note that hyper-volatility is a structural nature of agricultural markets, and that it will remain a symptom as long as the financialization and its distorting practices are influencing markets, in a way that is disconnected from its physical fundamentals. We are therefore dealing with the sole possible certainty: The fluctuations of agricultural and food prices will be both upwards and downwards, while all forecasts are facing the flaws of the models on which they are based.

Lastly, to use the words from Socrates’ dictum, the only thing we know is that we know nothing. This having been said, and as Olivier de Schutter reminds us, we must now address the lack of political will and the short-term vision by public authorities to fight food insecurity and price volatility.

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