The agri-food sector has been dramatically shaken by two major political upheavals that the
international community has gone through over the past few months, namely the November election of
Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States of America and the June sovereign choice of the
British people to leave the European Union. Even though both events might seem at first glance to be
harmless to the agri-food sector, it is rather the contrary that should be taken into consideration.
Several alarming underlying assumptions can be inferred from it and in particular the fact that the
financial instability resulting from the 2008 crisis has led to a lasting disapproval of the liberal economic model.
This loss of faith could slow down and perhaps even call into question the global trade barriers removal process, which would be a thorny issue since free trade is the key stone of the agri-food sector, allowing traders and producers to supply new products to new markets, which guarantees the expansion in the range and volume of food commodities worldwide. If trade barriers were to be restored like Trump promised by “putting America first” for example, the consequences in terms of supply, prices and trade could be dramatic. Not to mention that the sector has already suffered severe difficulties in 2016 with prices being too low and no going back to the astonishing price level of a decade ago is expected. Besides, another lifelong enemy of producers being the weather, the forecasting and the development of techniques to counteract devastating phenomenons, such as El Nino, become vital.
But the agri-food sector – unlike no other one – faces thrilling future challenges like the need to cope
with a constantly growing population, the urging need to increase the yields and the productivity to give
good reason to the “produce more with less” motto, the raising awareness that sustainability should be
closely tied with our resources management. The agri-food sector hence opens endless opportunities
for future innovations and there is no doubt that this will result in a complete and necessary reinvention
of the production techniques and management methods.
As such, our firm is ready to provide you with any advice you may need to navigate within a
sector where inventiveness and innovation know no limits, making the agribusiness world surprising
and sometimes maybe difficult to grasp at first sight.