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momagri: a new way to ensure a better future for farmers worldwide
Pierre Pagesse :
Chairman of WoAgri
WOAgri’s founder members and its team have been working hard during the past year to prepare the way for a world organization for agriculture.
It has been a long and difficult task, and we have given a great deal of thought to how we can construct concrete, sustainable and appropriate proposals, taking into consideration the strategic and specific character of agriculture.
Our work will be presented to you during the conference we are organising at the Senate on 19th October 2006, entitled “In Search of a strategy for World Agriculture: how to combine liberalism and development”.
There will be four round tables, whose aim it will be to make new proposals, beyond government policies, for the world governance of agriculture. The principles of the utility of the NAR model, which we have been developing for several months, will be presented.
It will thus become clear to everyone that the NAR model will soon be the only agricultural model that can be used by all countries in the world: developing countries as well as developed countries, and international organizations, to evaluate the decisions that are made and how far they will reach.
The four round tables will discuss the following points:
- What are the stakes for world agriculture? Establishing a link between the Doha Round, the Millennium Round and the Rio Conference.
Are we able to find solutions for the major challenges facing the international community?
- Improving the potential of agricultural production to satisfy the growing demands for food and non-food products,
- Enabling the less developed countries to develop their agriculture in order to fight poverty,
- Assuring socio-territorial development and respect of the environment,
To reach these objectives, should we not set up a regulatory system for agricultural markets that makes the liberalization of exchanges sustainable, and that takes into account agriculture’s specificities: extreme price volatility, the impossibility of delocalizing land, the non-adjustment of supply and demand…?
This round table will define the issues for debate and the opportunity and limits of the reforms we can undertake.
- New economic instruments to assist political decision-making
International negotiations are based on economic models, such as the World Bank, which today are called into question, as many of their theories do not reflect reality.
The strategic stakes of world agriculture demand that new principles of construction for these models be defined, integrating factors such as poverty, the environment, public health, energy and the security of supplies…
It is in this spirit that WOAgri is creating the NAR model (new agricultural regulations), which will be presented at the round table.
- Regulated liberalism for sustainable globalization
Liberalism is both a philosophy and an economic doctrine, which together form the foundations of international relations.
It is therefore essential to reflect deeply on the optimal conditions for the development of globalization with respect to the three major stakes, which are the fight against poverty, the growth of exchange and sustainable development.
This is why this third round table will discuss the policies that liberalism could adopt to meet these demands.
- For world governance in agriculture
Constructing and setting-up world governance in agriculture is WOAgri’s priority.
WOAgri will therefore make proposals concerning the first principles of governance and on this basis will open a debate that will give speakers and participants the opportunity to give their opinions and suggestions.
On this occasion, the functioning of the rating and assessment agency for the agricultural policies that will be created by WOAgri in 2007 will be presented.
Beyond these proposals, this round table will show that the time has come to invent new frameworks for action to meet the challenges of our century.
Several French and foreign public figures will speak during the day, as you can see from the programme published on line last week.
We are therefore very pleased to welcome Dominique Bussereau and Christine Lagarde, two ministers who represent France in international negotiations, notably during meetings in the Doha Round.
We are also convinced, if we judge from the large number of people who have registered for this conference, that it will be a new beginning in our effort to find a strategy and an organization for world agriculture, and that it will also create the necessary conditions for better understanding between the actors concerned.
The time in fact has come to end this destructive unique way of thinking, which allows for only two strategically opposed options, when the future of world agriculture is at stake: protectionism for some, and unrestrained liberalization for others.
WOAgri is opening up a new way, in which there is compatibility between liberalism and development thanks to a regulatory system, the tools and methods of which we are currently developing.
Pierre Pagesse :
Chairman of WoAgri