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The bilateral cooperation programme of the BMEL

With its bilateral cooperation programme, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) supports partner countries in establishing a productive, yet resource-conserving agri-food industry via practice-oriented project activities.

At www.bmel-kooperationsprogramm.de you will find information about the BMEL's current international projects and the project partners.

Political and economic cooperation

The bilateral cooperation programme promotes and supports political and economic cooperation. It results in the creation of new networks based on a spirit of partnership and on equal terms.

The main priorities and objectives of the bilateral cooperation programme are:

  • Advising governments on law-making and administrative implementation
  • Demonstration projects in cooperation with the private sector, with a focus on conducting trials and on the transfer of knowledge and technology
  • Cooperation between industry associations: collaboration of farmers' associations and co-operatives at international level

In the partner countries, cooperation projects make an important contribution towards ensuring that

  • the legal foundations for a market-based and environmentally responsible agri-food industry are created (e.g. land legislation, cooperative law, food law, consumer health protection)
  • regular bilateral contact between parliaments and governments takes place
  • important institutions that support the agri-food industry (e.g. associations, agricultural consulting firms, training centres) are set up or improved in exemplary fashion
  • more attention is given to legal and institutional issues relating to food safety and consumer health protection
  • the earning power of farms is sustainably increased
  • global food security is enhanced

Projects serve German interests

These projects are also very much in Germany’s interests:

  • through the intensification of contacts with the ministries and parliaments of the partner countries
  • in finding new partners for cooperation in bilateral and international bodies
  • by increasing the safety of imported food for German consumers
  • by supporting German export interests (machinery, equipment, agricultural products) also through aligning the regulations in the partner countries with EU and international standards
  • by improving the investment conditions for the German agricultural sector in the partner countries

Projects are currently being conducted in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. Other states have expressed an interest in cooperating within the scope of the programme.

As of:
29.03.16

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