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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When French Agriculture will close shop...

February 9, 2015

The numbers of bankruptcy filings were already at a critical level in 2013. Since then, the slump has continued: French farms were facing a new record in business failures for the first and the second half of 2014. In a context already constrained by structural failure (intrinsic market volatility) and marked by trends (declining farm incomes, rising production costs), this news confirms that French and European agriculture as a whole, has taken a downward turn, which does not date from yesterday.

In a study published on 23rd January, Altares1 identified 1,329 failed agricultural businesses in 2014, 5.4% more than in 2013, their highest level since 2005. This record figure is inflated by soaring failures in field crops and livestock production, up 8.9%, respectively (601 recorded failures) and 11.7% (488 recorded failures).

These figures show one thing: if France remains the world’s agricultural power, its competitiveness has steadily eroded over the past 10 years2. The causes of this deterioration are attributed to the following factors and also apply to European agriculture as a whole:
    - The dismantling of the Common Agricultural Policy which weakened most French and European farmers by greater exposure to price volatility.

    - The existence and the emergence of major agricultural powers like the United States, Brazil, China and India, which are focusing their efforts on budgetary mechanisms that reduce the negative impact of market volatility on farm incomes.

    - And finally, the loss of competitiveness of French agriculture in the European Union as a result of the lack of fiscal and social harmonization and higher labour costs in France.
Mr. Hogan recently said– not without irony – that he is not “Jesus Christ”. That he is not losing any sleep, European Agriculture does not expect miracles from him, but the effective consideration of agricultural realities of a Europe that cannot afford to see its agricultural potential erode any further.

Let's hope that the mid-term review of the EU multiannual financial framework 2016-2017 will be an opportunity for launching a CAP reform that takes into account strategic, economic and social realities.

1 The firm identifies each semester liquidations and judicial remedies by sector
2 Indeed, taking a closer look, this leadership position remains fragile if we rely on the quantified data for the past ten years

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