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 dairy crisis:
“For a strong and innovative European sector”

October 26, 2015

Organized by the FNPL––the French federation of milk producers––and the Manche départment chapter of the FNSEA––the French national federation of farming unions––the first European Milk Meetings were held on October 19 and 20 at the foot of the Mont Saint Michel. It brought together representatives of the European dairy industry to reconcile what are often highly diverse standpoints.

Admittedly, speeches and exchanges of opinions do not serve as decrees. Yet the meetings did confirm that member states have a genuine awareness of the severity of the crisis. In fact, none of the participants rejected the negative impact of the market volatility, the Russian embargo and the increase in production prices.

Beyond that, all is a matter of the direction these various nations want to take to resolve this situation. This is where there is a genuine split between the member states and their union representatives.

On one side are countries for which the market itself is the ultimate remedy to the current dairy crisis. Thus, Germany and the United Kingdom recognize the magnitude of the crisis, but both consider the drop in production, and finally any form of regulation through output management, as counterproductive.

By contrast, the president of the local chapter of FNSEA feels that, if the European market must find new outlets outside the borders of the European Union, regulation tools remain indispensable.

Finally, FNPL President Thierry Roquefeuil pointed out that we are moving towards an “every man for himself, one one’s turf”. Roquefeuil also regrets that the CAP “is falling apart and lacks ambition.” Yet while opinions disagree on the solutions to resolve this crisis, farmers and their representatives make up a majority for turning to Brussels, hoping to find (again) a Europe for whom agriculture is a strategic and specific activity compared to all other economic sectors. As a result, it is imperative that the European Union provides the CAP with a new strategic course through the implementation of a policy designed to address the challenges.

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Paris, 18 December 2018