With Michel Katz and Stéphane Volant, counselors to the President, and Her Excellency Maïmouna Sourang-Ndir, Ambassador of Senegal to France, Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Senegalese Republic granted a long meeting to Jacques Carles, momagri’s Executive Vice President.
The exchange covered the topics that could be dealt with at the next Dakar Agricultural Forum in 2010. During the meeting, momagri assured President of its utmost cooperation since these issues represent the main theme of the organizations’ work during the past four years.
Following the meeting, President Wade presented the Senegalese Council of Ministers with the results of his talks with momagri and his presentation during the G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, particularly regarding food security issues.
Excerpts from the communiqué following the Senegalese Council of Ministers of July 13, 2009
“The Council of Ministers met at 10AM on Monday, July 13, 2009 at the Palace of the Republic and was chaired by His Excellency Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal. The President […] informed the Council on his various missions to Libya, France and Italy between June 29 and July 13, 2009.
The President of the Republic […] met with a delegation from momagri, a think tank that advocates a new vision for agriculture. The meeting touched upon the launch in 2010 of the Dakar Agricole II based on the following issues:
• Principles to regulate agricultural markets to prevent agricultural and food crises; In his address at the G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, the President of the Republic
• Steering and international cooperation tools to implement food security and fight poverty;
• Foundations for new global governance that will give high-priority to agriculture and environmental preservation.
1. Regarding the financial crisis,
• Reviewed the causes of the crisis that, such as in previous oil and food crises, are tied to speculation; 2. Regarding climate change, he evoked Senegal’s initiatives such as the Grande Muraille Verte––the Great Green Wall International Colloquium of February 2009––and the launch of the Ecovillage program, while stressing the need to closely monitor the coastal erosion phenomenon that threatens many African countries.
• Outlined his proposals for profit redistribution according to the “Wade Formula”;
• Emphasized the need for solidarity between oil producing and non-producing Southern nations, so that the latter can benefit from preferential oil barrel prices;
• Tackled the issue of global governance by proposing the redistribution of quotas to the IMF to favor poor countries.
In conclusion, the Senegalese President proposed the creation of a follow-up commission to monitor the G-8 Summit commitments.
In his address during the food security working session, President Wade:
• Pointed out that Senegal decided to meet the food security challenge by initiating the GOANA––Great Agricultural Offensive for Food and Abundance––Program;
• Recalled past initiatives, including the First Dakar Agricole Forum, which mobilized all players and researchers in agriculture. The Forum’s second edition is scheduled for 2010, with the goal to convert it into an institutional event every three years.
• Proposed a global agricultural governance system centered around a Food Security Council in charge of designing and guiding resources.”
Honored by the trust given by President Abdoulaye Wade, momagri is initiating a thorough study on the issues raised during the meeting, so that such Forum brings about concrete solutions to the challenges faced by all farmers worldwide.
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