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.
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Which policies to address the growing instability of agricultural markets?

By momagri

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Québec,September 26, 2014 : The think-tank momagri has published a study on “Which Policies to Address the Growing Instability of Agricultural Markets?

A first result worth noting: The study shows that the nature of price volatility has shifted since the early 2000s.

This transformation has led to a considerable increase in “extreme events”, which are price fluctuations in agricultural markets imparting strong upward or downward variations.

An example regarding wheat prices: Between 2008 and 2014, the number of extreme events was 50 higher than during the 2002-208 years, and it doubled during the 1996-2002 years.

Furthermore, only relevant agricultural policies can manage these extreme variations, which are most disruptive for both farmers and cooperative businesses.

A second result worth noting: To address this situation, the study shows that agricultural policies are increasingly revealing conflicting aspects, both in terms of support procedures and allocated budgets.

momagri is presenting the SGPAA indicator (Global Support to Agricultural and Food Production) designed to provide a comparison tool adapted to the new reality of agricultural policies. The standardized assessment of public support to agriculture is indeed crucial in multilateral and bilateral negotiations.

The study reports the SGPAA results for Brazil, Canada, China, the United States and the European Union.

An example: Per capita public support to agriculture between 2008 and 2012 increased by 71 percent in China, 40 percent in the United States (including food aid), 24 percent in Brazil, against only four percent in Canada, and declined by six percent in the European Union.

The SGPAA indicator revitalizes the usual analyses of agricultural policies, and testifies to the strategic priority given to agriculture by various countries.

In conclusion, the think-tank points out that the divergence in agricultural policies calls for better international cooperation, with the goal to improve the prevention and handling of agricultural crises.

momagri :

Because agricultural cooperatives did not perceive their members’ real-life farming experiences in international studies, some cooperatives decided to set up a think tank––momagri––and then a rating agency.

Uppermost on momagri’s agenda: The volatility of agricultural prices, the instability of agricultural markets, agricultural policies and the readability of agricultural strategies.

Indeed, the executives from agricultural cooperatives––Limagrain, Euralis, Union In Vivo and La Coop Fédérée––who joined forces around the project are sharing the vision that “we will not build a secure world on the chaos of agricultural markets”.

momagri au sommet des coopératives

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