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.

A better global agricultural evolution

By Pierre Pagesse,
Chairman of Limagrain and momagri
& Jacques Carles,
Chairman of the consulting cabinet Carles & Associés and Executive Vice President of momagri

The movement is entering a phase of academic and institutional recognition. It now takes part in several debates held in international bodies. As we approach the end of 2009, the model is almost totally completed. In 2010, momagri will be launching a rating agency. The momagri think tank is playing the role it set for itself, and after the tools, will be proposing governance principles. Pierre Pagesse, its Chairman, goes over its basic principles, and Jacques Carles, its General Delegate, gives an overview of the latest developments.

Why did you found momagri?

Pierre Pagesse – We cannot build up a stable planet on a chaotic market. Why do I say that? Because in agriculture, a variation in production of 1 to 2% internationally can change prices on a scale of 1 to 3! This volatility is mainly the result of rigid demand in relation to variations in supply, which is subject both to farmers’ production decisions, which are inevitably taken well in advance, and fluctuating weather conditions. This volatility, which is accentuated by speculation, destabilizes agricultural production and the economies of countries that do not have the means to implement a true agricultural policy, and therefore guaranteed revenue for farmers. No economic sector could withstand such an amplitude of price differences. Is it normal that today, even efficient farmers cannot live in dignity from their work? We need to ask the true questions that matter; is it by chance that the most developed and most efficient agricultural economies are those of the United States and the European Union? In the end, it is only the countries that have found the means to set up true agricultural policies that can insure the best standard of living for their citizens. The dismantling of the regulation mechanisms of the CAP has led to an extremely serious agricultural crisis. This all means that we should take an objective look at the role of agricultural policies. Because it can never be said enough: these policies protect first and foremost consumers by ensuring there is abundant food at prices that everyone can afford. Driven by this conviction, along with decision-makers from the world of agriculture and key figures from other horizons (health, development, strategy and defense, etc.) we launched momagri, a think tank that develops tools and proposes the principles of a truly international agricultural and food policy, the only means of meeting all these challenges.

What ventures has momagri initiated in 2009?

Jacques Carles - The 2009 schedule for momagri has been particularly rich. In particular this involved the finalization of the 1st version of the momagri model, the creation of new simulations and the organization of a workshop on risks and the volatility of prices in agriculture, which around thirty international economists attended at the IAE business center in La Sorbonne University, Paris on June 4th and 5th 2009. At the same time, momagri participated in several debates organized by international bodies (WTO and FAO public forums, a seminar organized by Olivier de Schutter, special rapporteur of the United Nations on the Right for Food, etc.) and in the agricultural world. Finally, we have added more detail to our regulation proposals as we exchanged ideas with international organizations, political leaders and several experts (European Commission and European Parliament, IMF, think tanks in the United States, Brussels, France, etc.). Our work is guided by the need for a better understanding of the specific nature of agricultural markets , because everyone is talking about regulation and governance, but there are very few concrete proposals.

Can we have an update on the latest momagri news?

Jacques Carles - 2010 will be a decisive and exciting year. Indeed, we are officially launching the momagri Rating Agency with the perspective of initiating, through the “power of information”, greater recognition by political leaders and international organizations of the unquestionable importance of the evolution of agriculture in the world, and the regulation of international agricultural trade. Moreover, since the workshop on the momagri model, we have entered the phase of academic and institutional recognition of the model. Scientific, strategic and political papers will be published. And the exchanges between Bertrand Munier, Chief Economist of momagri, and various professors from all over the world, are multiplying. Our aim is therefore to be taken seriously, in France and internationally, in public debate on the future of agriculture in the world and why the WTO needs to reconsider its positions. We will especially develop the governance principles, so as to build the foundations of the new food and agricultural policy.
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Paris, 10 December 2018