An International Task Force to Speedily Launch the World Agriculture Organization

    PARIS, June 5 /CNW/ - Jacques Carles, co-founder and Executive Vice
President of momagri, recommends the creation of an international task force
to set forth the mission of a World Agriculture Organization to resolve the
current global food crisis.
    This task force would unite the expertise of major global organizations
concerned: the FAO, the World Bank, the IMF, the UNCTAD, the UNEP, the IFAD
and the WTO.
    It represents a crucial decision that the Global Food Safety Conference
in Rome must make, so that agriculture can reclaim its strategic role in the
fight against poverty and in the preservation of the environment.
    Indeed it is imperative to establish a Global Agricultural Policy and it
seems no longer admissible to accept such a division of accountability and
such a disengagement from agriculture.
    - Let's not forget that only 4% of public aid to development is earmarked
for agriculture, aid that accounts for less than 0.4% of the world GNP;
    - Let's not forget that the current crisis was not foreseen by
prospective models since none are tailored to agriculture's specificities and
its inherent significant price volatility;
    - Let's not forget that food safety is a fundamental stake for the future
of mankind and that we must implement an international system of regulations
in agricultural markets;
    - And last but not least, let's not be mistaken: Many consider that
agricultural prices will remain high, whereas we are only facing a
circumstantial peak. This fact was demonstrated during our presentation of the
momagri model to the European Parliament last April 9.
    The examination of these results for the next few years indicates that
agricultural price fluctuation will increase, notably due to speculation.
    Because the root of the problem lies in the permanent unrest influencing
agricultural markets, it represents a key menace for global agriculture.
    It is now time to react and remove agriculture from WTO negotiations
since trade only involves 10% of agricultural products worldwide.
    As France gets ready to assume the presidency of the European Union,
momagri - the think tank co-founded and chaired by Pierre Pagesse - will soon
introduce the framework of a future Global Agriculture Organization, including
its founding principles and organizational structure, that would serve as a
working document for the future task force.

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For further information: +33(0)1-43-06-42-70; Dominique Lasserre,; Julie Elghouzzi,

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