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.
Editorial

Momagri requires agriculture and food to be incorporated into the G20 issues


Press release

When committing to “implement the reforms aimed at strengthening the financial markets and regulatory processes in order to avoid future crisis” the G20 members gathered in Washington have raised great hopes. But by only being interested in the financial crisis the international community is walking past the essential: the persistence and probable aggravation of a food and agriculture crisis which undermines the development objectives it set for itself.

This is why momagri is asking for the agricultural as well as financial regulations to be listed on the agenda of the next G20 meeting expected by April 30 2009 in London. Financial regulation measures are certainly indispensable and urgent but these would have a limited scope regarding speculation and price volatility which threaten the planet’s agriculture and food equilibrium. As a reminder:

> a billion people are starving, two billion live under the poverty line and many, including in the rich countries are threatened with toppling over into precariousness when prices are too high;
> farmers, all over the world, are threatened with bankruptcy when their production selling prices collapse while production costs explode.

This instability, amplified by the markets’ financial trend, stimulates land exodus, megapole hypertrophy and its procession of poverty, malnutrition and insecurity.

This instability makes the objective of “reducing by half the number of people underfed by 2015” determined by the 1996 World Food Summit impossible to reach. The Director of the FAO, Jacques Diouf and President Clinton have already rung the alarm.

The solution doesn’t lie in the rekindling of the Doha round! It would be very dangerous to, once again, consider agriculture and food as banal, in the context of a commercial negotiation which never could take into account their specificities.

Having integrated these specificities, momagri presented, already in July in Brussels, 10 proposals for an international agriculture and food policy. They rely on an economic model and a regulatory and governance process corresponding to the stakes. These proposals were then presented in July in the USA and then in China mid-October. They will also be presented in Rome to the FAO ambassadors on the coming 9 December.

Time urges! Agricultural prices have suffered an even more important drop than that of the financial markets, which shows the urgency of regulating agriculture and food markets and to let go of the ideological “a priori” which are blocking decisions.

Equally, regulation should also be fully integrated into the thinking process concerning the CAP health and evolution progress report. In this respect, the European compromise reached on November 20 is absurd. Isn’t it obscene to dismantle even more what’s left of the regulating mechanisms and to call farmers to “react to market signs” at a time when, due to a lack of rules, price volatility is such that these signs are indecipherable ? The CAP is more necessary than ever. It should be renovated, without negating its founding principles. It should be integrated into an International Agriculture and Food Policy.

The agricultural markets regulation must become an integrating part of the G20’s work.
This is momagri’s vision.
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Paris, 11 December 2018