"Understanding Farming"

Germany, the land of engineering ingenuity and industry, has at the same time always remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the land in Germany is farmed. Around one million people, working in approximately 285,000 agricultural enterprises, produce more than 50 billion Euros’ worth of goods a year.



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Understanding global food security and nutrition - In Focus: Balanced nutrition across the globe

Cover Brochure

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, is supporting the global implementation of the ICN2 outcomes, in particular via the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and by funding research activities. This flyer highlights some aspects of our involvement in the field of nutrition at international level.




The Arctic Ocean with snow-covered mountains in the background

Germany Requests Marine Protected Area in Antarctica

On 17 October 2016, the European Union presented a request prepared by Germany for a marine protected area (MPA) in the Antarctic Weddell Sea to the International Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

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Fishermen land a net full of herring on deck

EU Min­is­ters agree on fish­ing quo­tas in the Baltic Sea for 2017

On 10 September 2016 the EU Fisheries Ministers Council agreed on new fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea for 2017. Federal Minister Christian Schmidt considered the result a "prudent compromise with which the Council lived up to its responsibility".

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orangene Früchte in einer Schale

More certified palm oil in Germany:
BMEL support for sustainable palm oil
having an impact

Only sustainable palm oil should be used from now on in Germany. Achieving this is an express aim of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). As part of its work to this end, the Ministry supports FONAP (Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl, or the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil). Peter Bleser, Parliamentary State Secretary at BMEL, confirmed FONAP’s success on the occasion of its first anniversary.

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International research project funded by the BMEL

Con­trol­ling Ebo­la: In­ter­na­tion­al re­search project fund­ed by the BMEL

The ebola outbreak which occurred in West Africa in 2014/15 is considered the biggest in history yet. More than 11,000 people lost their lives. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) now funds an international ebola cooperation project. The goal is to achieve better prevention by targeted research.

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Federal minister
Christian Schmidt

"Farmers must be at the heart of society."

In the spotlight

Important message

GFFA 2017: "Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World” in Berlin from 19 – 21 January 2017.

Please register now!

verweist auf: Konferenz-Webseite des Global Forum for Food and Agriculture


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