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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The BRICS at the top?

March 30, 2015

New coalitions are forming in a world seeking governance. The center of gravity is shifting and reshuffling the cards of global balances, which up to now were running around institutional kingpins, such as the WTO and the IMF. As a result, some emerging powers––grouped under the name BRICS––have become a key strategic collective in less than a decade, and this in spite of their political, economic and social disparities.

Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa are striving not only to compete with the American and European supremacy over time, but also to succeed where the main Bretton Woods organizations have failed. Following the creation of a development bank and the project of creating a new rating agency, the BRICS also want to gain recognition in the fields of food security and agriculture.

On March 13, 2015, this motley coalition met to find, by the end of December 2015, a permanent solution at the WTO regarding the public policy of grain reserves––the contentious point that thwarts the continuance of the Doha Round negotiations. The BRICS are therefore restating their will to have a stronger influence in the world financial organizations, and to get a greater representation in the international arena.

For let’s not forget that individually, the influence of each of these nations on global balances is substantial. In fact, every decision taken by almost of these nations works as a catalyst in agricultural markets, since they have built up agriculture as a crucial strategic issue: Brazil has disrupted the world meat market, Russia can perturb markets only by threatening an embargo, and India is a figurehead of the G33, which is opposed to the dismantling of agricultural support tools at the WTO.

While we are a long way from this group’s genuine competition in the organizations driven by the Americans and the Europeans, it represents a serious magnet, especially to the “new emerging nations”. In addition, its growing momentum highlights the difficulty of the Western World to unite around federating projects in organizations such as the WTO, the IMF or the World Bank.

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