Using innovative research cooperation to provide impetus for food security and nutrition worldwide

The Federal Government of Germany would like to increase the contribution of the German agricultural and nutritional research to improve food security and nutrition worldwide. At the same time, the Government aims at a better integration of German agricultural and nutritional research into international networks.

Against this background, the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture developed the concept of "Policy-supporting research, knowledge management and policy consultation for global food security and nutrition“ in 2012. Based on this concept, a funding system for International Research Cooperation on global food security and nutrition was launched in 2013. This scheme supports practical solution-oriented research which is carried out jointly by German research institutions and research institutions in partner countries with the following goals:

• Development of efficient and sustainable agri-food systems in the respective country in terms of cost-efficiency, environmental conservation, resources management, climate change, resilience, animal welfare, plant and animal health (including zoonoses) and food safety;

• Minimisation of quantitative and qualitative food losses along the value chain from production to consumers;

• Improvement of food safety and food quality (product quality and process quality) in the value chain;

• Establishment and optimisation of value chains in the respective country, including consideration of the role of producer cooperatives;

• Improvement of nutrition quality in the sense of a balanced and adequate diet and the reduction of hidden hunger;

• Making agriculture and food systems sensitive to nutrition;

• Improvement of educational and extension systems and use of new information and communication technologies in agriculture and food systems;

• Solving of complex economic, ecological and social challenges to sustainably improve food security and nutrition in the respective country by using cross-sectoral system-oriented approaches.Separate notices or calls to tender for specific research subjects are published to contribute to the achievement of the above goals. The current research projects address nutrition-sensitive, diversified food production in sub-Saharan Africa. The BMEL also supports exchange of foreign scientists.

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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

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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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