BEIJING, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - momagri, the Paris-based think tank established
to prepare solutions to the inadequacies facing the agricultural sector
worldwide, held a press conference in Beijing on October 10, to outline its
new vision for agriculture. Topics included the threats facing the 21st
century: how to feed 9 billion people by 2050, how to fight poverty and how to
guarantee food security in a world of never ending crises.
The presentation included a detailed survey of the momagri economic model
- the world's first model formulated to incorporate the unpredictable
variations of agricultural prices and the results of trade liberalization.
First reactions indicate that the momagri model could provide Chinese leaders
with an accurate solution to one of their major concerns: the stability, or
instability, of agricultural prices that shape the country's future
momagri's project to launch a ratings agency to ease global agricultural
regulations in 2009 was also greeted with utmost interest. The agency will
invigorate the economic model by providing international decision-makers with
currently unavailable data and indicators to better define facts and
priorities concerning agriculture, development and environmental preservation.
This agency will therefore meet the vision, clarity and relevance criteria
that worldwide leaders are now demanding.
Lastly, momagri recommended and outlined new governance standards for
global agriculture with the goal to explore the development a common course of
action to change the current international situation. Shared positions on this
topic are leading the way towards a productive cooperation with Chinese
economists, think tanks and decision-makers.
Pierre Pagesse, momagri Founder and Chairman, Jacques Carles, Executive
Vice-President, and Professor Bertrand Munier, Chief Economist, answered
questions from a large number of journalists, who widely reported on the
momagri's presentations. Following the press conference, comprehensive and
productive meetings were held in Beijing and Shanghai with Chinese officials
at the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Development
Research Center of the State Council.
momagri's activities and proposals are receiving very positive interest
in China as the country backs both food self-sufficiency and world economic
balance. Indeed, harnessing agricultural prices volatility and insuring
commodities stability represent one of the Chinese Government's main strategic
In the wake of several missions in the United States, in Africa and in
Europe, the recent exchanges and talks in Beijing and Shanghai are confirming
momagri's role as a uniting agent, thanks to the development of scientific and
managerial tools. "Farmers cannot survive in a market that has become highly
chaotic. They need the visibility that only an international agricultural
organization tailored to their specific needs can provide," noted Pierre
Pagesse, Chairman of momagri.
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