"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

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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.




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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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International Agricultural Market
Monitoring: Germany takes over AMIS Chair

Established at the initiative of the G20 Agriculture Ministers in 2011, the Agricultural Market Information System AMIS collects and pools data on weather conditions, harvest prospects and prices for the globally important staple foods rice, maize, wheat and soybeans.

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Federal minister
Christian Schmidt

"Farmers must be at the heart of society."

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