Whether in rural development, agriculture, forestry or the food industry – the possibilities provided by digital technologies are being used intensively throughout Germany: the introduction of digital technologies already contributes to producing food more sustainably, preventing emissions, improving animal welfare and keeping rural areas attractive.
Looking ahead, drones, clouds and other innovations promise many new visions and opportunities. But how can we make the best possible use of these opportunities? How can the risks related to the digital transformation be controlled? We need to find sustainable answers to data protection, data security and data sovereignty issues. This places heavy demands on politics and society.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is taking this into account. In 2018, the Ministry created a new Directorate, under the expert leadership of Professor Engel Hessel of the Thünen Institute, that was dedicated specifically to the subject of “digital innovations”. In addition, every Directorate-General of the Ministry has a designated Digitalisation Officer. They help to better dovetail the different digitalisation projects with the objectives of the Ministry.
What is currently on the agenda? Learn more about the many projects and topics at the BMEL that are linked to the digital transformation.