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

WTO selecting a new director-general for September 2013

April 1st, 2013

Nine candidates are competing to succeed Pascal Lamy as head of the WTO, and the first round of negotiations to name his successor began on April 2, 2013. The appointment must be made by consensus and the decision taken before May 31.

The contenders––with only the New Zealander candidate hailing from the Western World––have been campaigning since early 2013. From Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo to Indonesia’s Mrs. Mari Pangestu, promoting multilateralism, addressing the urgent need for WTO reform, and reviving the Doha Round bogged down since 2008, are making up the common denominator that drives their program and ambitions.

In addition, there have been countless discussions and opinion columns during the past few weeks. Members of the press, experts and economists are looking at the WTO and advocating a comprehensive renewal of the organization to meet the challenges of the 21st century, with agricultural issues among them. As an example, the candidates are sharpening their knives by inserting abundant mentions of the future of global agriculture in their presentations.

Let’s conclude the agricultural negotiations in a revived Doha Round! This is substantially the call made by many applicants for the post, but no one seems to want to let it go. Yet, this round is increasingly criticized not only by major developed agricultural powers but also by agricultural emerging nations. Unregulated free trade is no longer considered as the final antidote to recurrent food, economic or financial crises.

In this context, how can we foster trade and the commercial survival of developing countries without eroding global food security? Some candidates wanted to address the challenge, while an ever-growing number of WTO member nations are recognizing agriculture’s specific and strategic challenge. In upcoming discussions, some candidates––including Mari Pangestu––are convinced that the WTO must play a virtuous role, especially in fighting agricultural price volatility.

Beyond all predictions on the name and citizenship of the next director-general, one thing is certain. The WTO by itself will not be able to address current agricultural issues, and only within a framework of many voices––the FAO, World Bank, WTO and IMF––can we give up the ideas that flourished yesterday but are outdated today, to bring about a concrete resolution to urgent and genuine needs.
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Paris, 18 December 2018