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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Will agriculture be the end of the Doha Round?

November 30, 2015

During the ministerial conference in Nairobi, a coalition of countries including Brazil and the European Union are hoping for a statement on the end of agricultural export subsidies. However, this wish could be particularly difficult to fulfil. All WTO members disagree precisely on agriculture, which could jeopardize any prospect of agreement or the relaunch of the Doha Round and sanction the liquidation of an obsolete model on which world trade is based.

The ministerial meeting of 15 to 18 December will be the first held in Africa. A symbol that could result in only a symbolic agreement as long as there is currently no guaranteed progress. The gap is growing between industrialized and developing countries and the announcement made by Brazil and the European Union concerning the eventual abolition of export subsidies does not help the situation. Developing countries are indeed the first affected by these mechanisms, since they derive most of their national wealth from their exports, particularly agriculture.

The announcement could also be likened to a fool's game as export subsidies could be a case of not seeing the wood for the trees: what should be thought of the income assistance system contained within the Farm Bill which indirectly supports the export of US made products? Meanwhile, Roberto Azevedo also promises maintaining farmers’ subsidies subject to public storage programs, one of the major points of contention in the Doha round, as long as a permanent solution has not been found.

Finally, wanting to have things both ways is a dangerous balancing act performed by the WTO, which proves the organisation’s difficulty to move forward in the midst of regional agreements like the transpacific partnership or transatlantic partnership currently being negotiated.

It appears therefore essential that the future Nairobi agreement, sanctions not only the end of the Doha Round but raises the question of the inevitable need to reform the organization.

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