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Jacques Berthelot

Former Teacher-researcher, ENSAT

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

PhD in economics, MS in business management, law and foreign languages (English, Portuguese). Rural economist 10 years in Africa, lecturer in economics at the National Agricultural College of Toulouse 23 years and, since my retirement in 2000, voluntary expert on the analysis of agricultural trade policies for NGOs – on which Solidarité, ATTAC, SOLAGRO, OWINFS (Our World Is Not For Sale) – and small farmers organisations, particularly in West Africa. Specialist of WTO, CAP (EU Common Agricultural Policy), the US Farm Bill, the Indian agricultural policy, and of the EU bilateral free-trade agreements, particularly the EPAs (Economic Partnership Agreements) with ACP countries), TTIP (EU-US) and CETA (EU-Canada).

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

To rebuild all agricultural policies on food sovereignty and agro-ecology without dumping vis-a-vis the rest of the world.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

In France, the European Union, West Africa and the World (WTO).

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

My analyses contribute to inform the Public Authorities, political leaders, NGOs and small farmers’ organisations on the technical (and tricky) aspects of agricultural trade policies in order to foster pathways of sustainable development and solidarity.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“Gives us today our daily bread” Christians are praying God: not the bread of tomorrow. If we do not change the agricultural policies of today in the sense of food sovereignty there is no chance to reduce the number of hungry tomorrow.