Bilateral exchange of scientists

With the bilateral exchange of scientists, the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) promotes and supports project-related research cooperation between German and foreign research institutions in the fields of agriculture, food, forestry, nutrition and health-related consumer protection. The overall objective is to establish long-term working partnerships which benefit both countries.

This instrument is also used for a doctoral programme with selected partner countries. Support is provided for research visits by foreign doctoral candidates and postdocs to German research institutions. Their research projects focus on specific issues in the area of global food security and nutrition. Currently the regional focus is on eastern and southern Africa.
In addition to the scientific training of foreign doctoral candidates, the initiative is aimed at establishing long-term partnerships between German and foreign research institutions. Capacity development plays a critical role in improving food security and nutrition. The bilateral exchange of scientists helps organisations and societies in the partner countries to develop the capabilities to gradually achieve food security and nutrition on their own.

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"Understanding global food security and nutrition"

Screenshot of the film „Understanding global food security and nutrition“

The world’s population is growing. But today, at a global level, agriculture is currently producing one third more calories than necessary to feed all the people in the world. That means: In principle, there is enough food for everybody. Nevertheless one person in nine goes to bed hungry. Worldwide there are still 800 million people going hungry.

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Understanding global food security and nutrition - Facts and backgrounds

Cover Brochure 'Understanding Global Food'

This brochure will provide you with information on the underlying contexts of nutrition and agriculture globally, and will inform you about the activities of the BMEL on food security and good nutrition.

Deutsche Version: Welternährung verstehen - Fakten und Hintergründe

As of: January 2015

Price fluctuations (volatility) of agricultural commodities

Chart: price fluctuations

In recent years, price fluctuations and price spikes on global commodity markets have increasingly come to the forefront of public attention. Extreme price volatility means insecurity and financial risks for all the commercial operators involved.

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