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Global food security and nutrition

About 821 million people currently suffer from hunger and chronic malnutrition. The economic and financial crisis, the consequences of climate change, and the decrease in the amount of usable agricultural land worldwide will all exacerbate the situation.

The fight against hunger is one of the Federal Government’s top priorities. Investments in agriculture in less developed countries boost the local population’s purchasing power and constitute a vital contribution towards realising the human right to food. The BMEL provides annual funds of 10 million Euros for FAO projects on food security (FAO - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations).

International Agricultural Market Monitoring: Germany takes over AMIS Chair

Logo Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS)

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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The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems

Euro symbol on wheat

On 15 October, the member states of the Committee on World Food Security at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unanimously adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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

Global food security and nutrition: working together towards efficient and sustainable agriculture

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.

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Improving Nutrition globally

Obst- und Gemüsestand in Afrika

Feeding the world population in the 21st Century requires more than just an increase in agricultural production. A holistic approach that focuses on food quality is key for achieving an adequate nutrition for all people worldwide.

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The Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure of Land

Peasant woman harvesting rice

The "Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests", unanimously adopted by the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) are a historical milestone of international development policy.

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Promoting Food Security and Nutrition together – the Bilateral Trust Fund with the FAO

Three straw huts in the Ethiopian landscape

Since 2002, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) supports projects of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to erradicate hunger and malnutrition through a Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF).

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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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