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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momagri Chairman makes an appeal
at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec

October 20, 2014

The International Summit of Cooperatives was held in Quebec between October 6 and 9, 2014. A side event jointly organized by our think tank and La Coop Fédérée as well as an address by momagri Chairman Pierre Pagesse at the Summit’s Forum 8 reaffirmed the essential and dynamic responsibility of agricultural cooperatives.

Farming and agro-food cooperatives now account for close to 40 percent of all cooperative businesses worldwide. With combined sales of $377.3 billion, France ranks in second place behind the United States among cooperatives reporting sales over $100 million.

Their challenges? They are many. While cooperatives aspire to take part in the fight against food insecurity, they are confronted to a particularly fluctuating environment. All the more so since the structure of the volatility, which is specific to agricultural markets has evolved over time, and the number of extreme events, which are potentially the most devastating by definition, has strongly increased.

Cooperatives have proved their competence by implementing strategies capable of effectively fight the intrinsic instability of markets. Furthermore, at a time when “the governance system does not evolve fast enough, the civil society and cooperatives must play a role,” said Hafez Ghanem, the former FAO Assistant Director-General in charge of Economic and Social Development. In a world increasingly globalized and financialized, coming together to produce and develop does make sense, not only for farmers but also for consumers.

Yet, cooperatives are lacking a new influential approach: Internationalizing their network to impact global governance. An appeal in that regard was made by Pierre Pagesse, Chairman of momagri, and was supported by Denis Richard, President of La Coop Fédérée. In fact, cooperatives must have a greater impact in international discussions by providing concrete solutions to work out issues of food security and to implement effective regulation.

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