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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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Xavier Beulin and Christian Pèes are concerned about the risks that could pose long-term challenges to the competitiveness of the agro-food sector

November 26, 2012


As key segment of the French and European economies, the agro-food sector could face weakened competitiveness in a context of agricultural price hyper-volatility and renewed slowdown of global economic activity. This observation is shared by, among others, Xavier Beulin, President of the French Federation of Farmers’ Union (FNSEA), and by Christian Pèes, President of the Euralis Group and the COGECA, as well as Vice President of momagri.

Agribusiness is one of the best performers of the French and European economies. A highly strategic activity in France, the sector generates yearly sales of €150 billion and accounts for 18 percent of employment1. With a trade surplus of €11 billion in 2011, the sector has been more resilient than others to the successive economic crises since 2008.

Yet, starting in the fall of 2012, one can see warning signs of the sector’s gradual deterioration, as shown by the hundreds of job lost in French major corporations, in addition to the threats to 5,000 existing jobs in France only, as indicated by the French Association of Agro-food Industries (ANIA) in mid-November.

Both Xavier Beulin and Christian Pèes note that France’s agro-food sector is losing its clout. “In 2004, France was still the world’s largest agro-food exporter,” says Christian Pèes who adds “Eight years later, the country ranks fourth behind Germany.” The same observation can be made at the European Union level, in relation to the leading major international, Asian and South American agricultural and agro-food powerhouses.

Let’s not forget that the European agro-food sector occupies a key position in many respects: For economic reasons due to its standing in GDP and trade balance, for social reasons due to the employment it generates, for strategic reasons due to its close and virtuous ties to agriculture, and more generally food security for the 500 million European citizens.

In this context, it is essential that the current Common Agricultural Policy reform secures the economic environment of such a strategic sector, and promotes its international competitiveness through measures whose first objective is curbing the risks linked to uncontrolled price hyper-volatility.

1 “Agriculture’s key figures, In France, 18% of the workforce is employed by the agro-food sector” http://www.momagri.org/UK/agriculture-s-key-figures/In-France-18%25-of-the-workforce-is-employed-by-the-agro-food-sector_1061.html
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