"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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Empowering Agriculture for Global Food and Nutrition Security - The 15th anniversary of the Bilateral Trust Fund with FAO
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Cover Brochure Empowering Agriculture for Global Food and Nutrition Security - The 15th anniversary of the Bilateral Trust Fund with FAO.

Fifteen years ago, the Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF) was founded with the aim of launching beacon projects to move forward innovative strategies for improving food security and for fighting undernutrition and malnutrition internationally, supra-regionally and in partner countries.
This brochure, marking the BTF‘s 15th anniversary, is the first in a series of publications that we will be publishing to set out our previous track record, our current engagement and our future tasks, for we will continue in the years to come to strongly support and promote the worldwide realisation of the human Right to Food.




Ausschnitt aus der Flyer-Visualisierung: Stilisierte Landschaft mit Wies, Meer, Bergen, Kühen, Wolken, Himmel sowie ein Gemeindeamt mit Menschen davor.

Pro­mot­ing en­gage­ment for the in­te­gra­tion of refugees

Many rural regions in Germany offer good opportunities for the integration of refugees likely to remain in the country in the long term. Solidarity in a village community can give people who had to leave their homeland the courage to make a new start and provide them with social support. In the face of demographic change, integrating these new neighbours also opens up new opportunities for the regions themselves – successful integration is to the benefit of everyone.

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Federal Minister Christian Schmidt

Agree­ment reached on 2017 catch quo­tas for the North Sea

At the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers' meeting held in Brussels on 12 and 13 December, the European Fisheries Ministers agreed on the total allowable catches (TACs) and the catch quotas for 2017. This concerns in particular the fish stocks of the North Sea and the North East Atlantic.

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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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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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Federal minister
Christian Schmidt

"Farmers must be at the heart of society."

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