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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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Editorial December 2016 Newsletter:
"Before wishing you good holidays and a happy new year with great and little happiness..."


Momagri Editorial Board



Before we wish you happy holidays and a New Year full of happiness, this period also lends itself to reviews and inventories. With 129 articles, reprints of articles and press releases published on our website, including 68 completely original works, as well as the launch of our White Paper “a new strategic course for the CAP” presented in numerous assemblies in France and Brussels: 2016 was a year full of events for the Momagri think tank!

More than ever, the public debate on agricultural policies needs to be enriched and dynamic in order to collectively escape dead ends and traps that are harmful to an agricultural sector set in the midst of a deep crisis during the past year 2016. We hope to have contributed to this debate by our analyses, by the information, concepts and ideas that we have conveyed via our website the visits to which, thanks to you, are constantly increasing. Thank you!

While 2016 was a critical year for European agriculture, it should be concluded on a positive note. With the aid for reducing milk production put in place during the last quarter of 2016, we hope to see a precedent for building a post-2020 CAP on a more pragmatic basis where, faced with a crisis in overproduction, we can be proactive and act directly on the cause, instead of being limited to simply reacting to a crisis (Article 1).

As well as the agricultural crisis in Europe, the sector is also concerned about the negotiations on bilateral free trade agreements, such as the CETA and the TTIP. In an article written by Bernard Valluis and Frédéric Courleux, they demonstrate the paradox in depicting the TTIP as a means of converging norms, because American and European agricultural policies have never been so divergent for at least 80 years (Article 2).

In the same vein, we relay the “Declaration of Namur” signed by 37 European and North American academics and recently initiated by Walloon President Paul Magnette, who invites Brussels to review its software for negotiating international trade treaties (Article 3).

There is also talk of divergence between the United States and the European Union in view of the latest US announcements in support of the production of biofuels. Whereas the United States is counting on an opening that is all the more necessary in times of agricultural overproduction, the European Commission has just confirmed its desire to drastically reduce support for biofuel production from 2021 (Article 4).

The following articles have also been published on our website:
- Tuna Resource Management: An Example of Building Effective Global Governance
- COP 22: agriculture’s role in net greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation
- Christian Harbulot: “Agriculture, lacking strategic vision”, Terre-net
- Farm program considerations, APAC



  1. « Aid scheme for milk production reduction: Belgium and Ireland lead »
Frédéric Courleux, Marina d’Ivangin

« The year 2016 has seen a significant innovation in the Common Agricultural Policy. To tackle the milk crisis and the build-up of public stocks... »

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  2. « Divergence of agricultural policies: The other explanation for the predicted failure of the TTIP? »
Bernard Valluis, Frédéric Courleux

« The hostile statements against continuing the negotiations are increasing... »

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  3. « Namur declaration : “Reflecting on how the European Union could negotiate trade agreements in the future” »
Namur declaration

« The heated debates generated in Europe by the signature of the CETA/AECG... »

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  4. « In the United States, biofuel production targets have been raised for 2017 »
Momagri Editorial Board

« While the European Commission has just confirmed its wish to drastically reduce aid for biofuel production from 2021... »

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