International relations

The instruments of international cooperation with other countries range from high-level working groups, technical discussions at working level, bilateral cooperation projects and the EU's twinning programme for authorities to involvement in international organisations.

Maintaining international relations also includes organising and participating in the meetings of the G20 agriculture ministers, bilateral exchanges of scientists and international conferences, in particular the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), and. Within the Federal Government, the BMEL is the lead agency for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Since 2002, the BMEL has co-funded food security projects with the FAO under the Bilateral Trust Fund. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is also well positioned internationally: BMEL agricultural advisers work at German embassies around the world. Staff also work in German representations to the FAO, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the European Union (EU). In addition, the ministry holds regular consultations with important partner countries and contributes its positions to international organisations.

A meeting as part of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
© Photothek/Thomas Trutschel

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Projects + pro­grammes

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) maintains good bilateral relations with numerous countries. This takes place at various levels and is based on the idea of dialogue in partnership.

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Twin­ning

Within the framework of the Twinning programme, experts from Federal Government and Länder authorities are posted to partner countries, usually for a period of up to two years, to carry out projects in collaboration with local experts. Typical projects include setting up government institutions or preparing new legislation.

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