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

Without “ideological barriers and pragmatism”,
let’ be bold!

June 16, 2014

The French Young Farmers union (JAs) met in Saint-Brieuc in Brittany between June 3 and 5 for their 48th National Congress. It provided an opportunity not only to renew the management teams––Thomas Diemer replaced François Thabuis to lead the union––but also to send a clear message on tomorrow’s agricultural model, both at the European and international levels.

One should not give in to doom and gloom, the French and European agriculture can be saved, and young farmers have a key role to play. Once again, some 700 young farmers proved their ability to marshal forces.

In order to promote a family-farming model that is profitable and transmissible, the 2015-1019 CAP reform and the post-2020 reform were discussed, with the goal to “put some sense back into the CAP”.

Consequently, the JAs advocate getting out of the per-hectare support and the implementation of “counter-cyclical” subsidies that fluctuate according to market prices. This is a proposal that momagri can but promote, and that is included in our approach for a new Common Agricultural Policy. These subsidies will certainly ensure a minimum gainful income, while granting a more rational use of budget resources. This is a must since the latest reform is overlooking some economic realities of agriculture, such as volatility.

The other current hot topic is the growing number of bilateral partnership agreements. The attendance did not hesitate to condemn them, either the EU/US partnership––and its damages on European family farming––or the partnerships with African nations that could hurt the African continent.

Lastly, the union wishes to play a role at the international level, since both European and global agricultural activities are lacking genuine union representatives at a time when the role of farmers is often overshadowed in some of the major international arenas.

Finely, the future of agriculture can only be ensured through a renewed global agricultural governance system including the specifics of agricultural markets and the issues regarding the 21st century food security in a context of growing hyper-volatility and financialization.

For the time being, Europe is going against the trend of agricultural strategies backed by policies capable of facing such an unstable environment. The JAs, as well as momagri, remain convinced that another CAP is possible. It is with this in mind that momagri will, as early as July 2014, present another strategic direction for the CAP. A 2020 CAP that would be redesigned around counter-cyclical mechanisms, which would stabilize incomes at a reasonable cost for the European budget.

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Paris, 20 June 2019