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 complexity of carrying out agricultural reforms

May 25, 2015


A recent report entitled “The Marketplace for Ideas for Policy Change” and published by AidData, the international information initiative on economic development, indicates that it is easier to achieve changes in the areas of democracy and decentralization than in agriculture.

In fact, the authors of the study explain that international cooperation organizations are running into complications in fostering governmental policy changes. Among the reasons to explain the problem, we note the complex issues of land ownership and the very activities of international organizations that tend to orient governments in opposite directions.

Yet, 70 percent of the world’s poor and under-nourished people live in rural areas and are farmers, while 90 percent of the economy of some countries is based on agriculture. Consequently, agriculture is indeed one of the pillars of development aid.

This inertia in implementing reforms that are specific to agricultural and food security issues is indeed worrisome, since the endogenous and exogenous risks confronting developing as well as industrialized nations require constant monitoring.

While curbing price hyper-volatility and improving food security have become top priorities for the international community since 2008, the task is proving to be complex, especially due to the growing disconnection between the policies initiated and the actions actually conducted. The urgency to carry out structural reforms to implement a global governance system in issues of food security is now becoming more than imperative than ever.

Consequently, just as it is the case for democracy, we need regulations to guide the behaviors resulting from price hyper-volatility. Because a blind liberalization that does not include the specific nature of agriculture would ultimately lead to inflict a band-aid solution based on models that are obsolete and inadequate for the agricultural realities of the 21st century.

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