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

The European Union and its dreams of greatness

April 14, 2014

According to the latest news, the European agriculture is somewhat dizzy, with farmers’ protests in Portugal, certain farmers’ concerns over the Parliament’s decision to open up the EU market to Ukrainian exports, and the lack of transparency regarding the upcoming EU/US trade agreement. Yet, the European Union maintains a conquering spirit and is betting on a new program to promote its food-processing sector. This augurs well as we are nearing the European Parliament elections next May, in an exceedingly unstable context.

On April 2, 2014, the European Commission thus announced that Brussels is gradually going to allocate (by 2020) a €200 million budget each year to promote its agro-foods, and further target consumers outside Europe. Until now, the budget earmarked to promote European agro-foods was €60 million, with only 30 percent allotted to marketing in non-European nations. Following a agreement between European entities, the EU will also finance, under specific conditions, the promotion of processed products, especially wines, beers and pastries in the EU and abroad.

This new promotion scheme for agricultural products and some agro-food goods, which must still be endorsed before the end of the month by the European Council and the Parliament, includes the European co-financing of programs that will reach 70 to 80 percent––and 85 percent in cases of crises such as a loss of consumer confidence similar to the E. Coli bacteria outbreak. The balance will be paid by businesses, and the national public co-financing has been removed.

Today, the agribusiness industry accounts for 18 percent of all EU exports and 13.5 percent of jobs. This new EU commitment to the future of food security and European agriculture is indicative of the will to be active in foreign markets, and more globally to the understanding of the strategic nature of the sector in the international arena.

In the United States, the “new agricultural conquest” announced by Tom Vilsack implies a broader view based on the recently adopted Farm Bill. While this European program might be welcome news, it must be noted that the current CAP is far from providing the guarantees of a policy protecting farmers and consumers from exogenous and endogenous risks that saddle such a specific and strategic economic sector.

So, promoting European agriculture and agribusiness is crucial although useless if European farmers continue to leave the land, because they cannot rely on an agricultural policy capable of safeguarding their activity through regulatory mechanisms in agricultural markets.

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Paris, 24 June 2019