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Conference "The 2020 European agriculture: Long term challenges, new public and private policies"
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The 2020 European agriculture: Long term challenges, new public and private policies

The conference was held at Sciences Po, on January 29, 2009, and January 30, 2009, with the support or contributions of:

To download the conference proceedings, click here

Boulanger, Pierre, Messerlin, Patrick, (Eds),
"2020 European Agriculture: Challenges and Policies". Washington DC/Brussels:
The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Economic Policy Paper Series 10.

Programme

I – FARMERS CONFRONTED BY SOCIETY’S CLAIMS: January 29, 2009

In 1957, the Treaty of Rome had no difficulty assigning five goals to the CAP: (i) to increase productivity, (ii) to ensure a fair standard of living for farmers, (iii) to stabilize markets, (iv) to assure the availability of supplies, and (v) to ensure reasonable prices for consumers. The mistake was to use one single instrument (guaranteed production prices) to try to reach all five goals—hence the CAP’s total or partial failure in relation to the last four goals.

Things are much more complex nowadays. In particular, agriculture in Europe and around the world has to face long-term challenges that were unknown back in the 1960s—in particular, climate change, and limited energy and water resources.

Session 1. Agriculture and Climate Change
President Patrick MESSERLIN, Groupe d’Economie Mondiale (GEM)
Wiseman Gerald NELSON, IFPRI
Discussants Nathalie GUESDON, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries - Stéphane DE CARA, INRA AgroParisTech

Session 2. Agriculture and Energy
President Ann TUTWILER, Hewlett Foundation
Wiseman Michael LEVI, Council on Foreign Relations
Discussants Daniel BALLERINI, Institut Français du Pétrole - Ronald STEENBLIK, OECD

Session 3. Agriculture and Water
President Alexandre LE VERNOY, Nestlé Waters & Groupe d’Economie Mondiale (GEM)
Wiseman Bart SCHULTZ, UNESCO-IHE
Discussants Bernard BARRAQUE, CNRS - Daniel ZIMMER, World Water Council - Jacques PASQUIER, Confédération Paysanne

II – AGRICULTURE AND NEW PUBLIC POLICIES: January 30, 2009

The coming years will be dominated by three kinds of public policies which were relatively unimportant a few years ago: structural adjustment policies, policies dealing with agricultural and food safety, and those ensuring “multifunctionality”.

These policies deal with concerns that often nurture fears and protectionism. However, it is worth recalling that Europeans’ diet—an essential component of health—has little in common with what it was thirty or forty years ago, and this is mainly due to international trade of food products. As a result, the appropriate question about the three policies is to know how to develop them in a rapidly globalising world.

Session 4. Agriculture, Food Security, and Food Safety
President Louis-Pascal MAHE, INRA
Wiseman Jo SWINNEN, LICOS Leuven
Discussants Laurence ROUDART, AgroParisTech - Aymard DE MONTIGNY, SAF-agriculteurs de France

Session 5. CAP and Structural Adjustment
President Pierre BOULANGER, Groupe d’Economie Mondiale (GEM)
Wiseman Catherine MOREDDU, OECD
Discussants Jean-Pierre BUTAULT, INRA - Bruno LEDRU, Jeunes Agriculteurs

Session 6. Agriculture and “Multifunctionality”
President Jean-Pierre BUTAULT, INRA
Wiseman David HARVEY, Newcastle University
Discussants François LEFEBVRE, CNASEA - Louis-Pascal MAHE, INRA - Thierry POUCH, APCA

Lunch/Buffet
Keynote speaker: Maria ROSANDER : Permanent Representation of Sweden (EU)

III –AGRICULTURE AND NEW PRIVATE POLICIES: January 30, 2009

Price fluctuations, climate risk (apart from climate change), health crises, and the like, also require new private policies, especially those facilitating better risk management and enhanced competition, from farm to consumer.

Session 7. Agriculture and Risk Management
President Jean CORDIER, INRA
Wiseman Per MOLANDER, MAPSEC
Discussants Jesus ANTON, OECD - Yves Salmon, Groupama

Session 8. Agriculture, Agribusiness and Competition Policy
President Frédéric JENNY, ESSEC
Wiseman David SPECTOR, Paris School of Economics
Discussants Jean-René Buisson, ANIA

Steering Committee

Pierre Boulanger
Louis-Pascal Mahé
Patrick Messerlin
Stefan Tangermann

Technical Assistance

Gabrielle Barraqué
Nicolas Berghmans

 

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