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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
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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 May 2017 Newsletter :
« The world continues its race! »


Momagri Editorial Board

While France is in the midst of an intense election campaign and many eyes are turned to its domestic affairs, the world continues its race! The month of May takes an opposing view by offering four articles on international market changes and the ongoing restructuring of international governance in agriculture.

As far as New Zealand is concerned, the auction platform Global Dairy Trade––a strange tuningfork supposed to give the tone of dairy prices in international trade––is raising numerous questions since its creation in 2008. Drawing on a study conducted by the French Ministry of Agriculture’s “Centre d’Etude et de Prospective”, we share the conclusions on the limitations of this compass due to the operating guidelines and to the risk–– to say the least––management by its key user Fonterra (Article 1).

How can we best meet the challenges of the impact of trade on food security and nutrition? This is one of the issues addressed by the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition at the FAO’s Committee on Food Security. The lack of scientific concensus and of unequivocal link,the increased competition between participants, a growing concern to entrust one’s food security exclusively to trade and the international community’s inability to overcome the failure of Doha, all these epitomize a realistic and positive analysis (Article 2).

Now heading toward the East. The “Belt and Road” Chinese initiative, that was launched in 2013 to structure the Middle Kindgom’s diplomatic relations with Asia, Africa and Europe, gives an important position to agriculture and food. It must be seen as China’s claim to take responsibility in the global arena, and might also be seen as the initiator of a newglobal agricultural and food order (Article 3).

Let’s remain in the East. As leading agricultural powers in international grain markets, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan benefit from a substantial territory with strong agricultural potential. Will this region be able to make use of its impressive reservoir of farmland? Based on three studies, this article provides the opportunity to measure such potential and confirms that agricultural land and yields are not a limiting factor to the sole global food security (Article 4).

The following articles have been also published on our website www.momagri.org :

  1. « Dairy products: is the international market’s compass biased? »
Frédéric Courleux, Christopher Gaudoin

« Created in 2008 by the New-Zealand cooperative Fonterra, the auctioning platform Global Dairy Trade acts as a reference for the prices of international milk powder and butter trades... »

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  2. « How better take into account the impact of trade on food security and nutrition? »
the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)

« Trade in food is expanding rapidly but the expansion is not equal across regions or commodities... »

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  3. « 3. Focus on agriculture is key to ensure that Belt and Road initiative promotes sustainable development »
FAO Media

« The Belt and Road initiative linking China and the Eurasia region can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals... »

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  4. « Russia, Ukraine et Kazakhstan : an agricultural potential still in the making ? »
Marina d’Ivangin, Christophe Gaudoin (temporarily in French)

« Les surfaces agricoles disponibles constituent-elles un facteur limitant pour la sécurité alimentaire des 9 milliards d’habitants que devraient compter notre planète en 2050 ?... »

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Paris, 11 December 2018