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.

The fight against hunger is one of the Federal Government’s top priorities. Investment in agriculture in developing countries strengthens the purchasing power of the local population and makes a major contribution to realising the human right to food.

The BMEL provides 10 million euro annually to help finance food security projects launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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The bilateral cooperation programme of the BMEL

With the Bilateral Cooperation Programme, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) supports partner countries in establishing productive and resource-conserving agricultural and food industries. The cooperation projects promote bilateral relations and mutual understanding at technical, economic and political levels.

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Cooperation with African countries

Agriculture is a key sector in many African countries and therefore is of strategic importance for sustainable development.

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Cooperation with the countries of South and Southeast Asia

The main countries we cooperate with in South and Southeast Asia are India as well as the ASEAN countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Cooperation with the countries of North America

The main countries we cooperate with in North America are the USA, Canada and Mexico.

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Cooperation with the countries of the Middle East

The main countries we cooperate with in the Middle East are Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Cooperation with the countries of Oceania

Australia and  New Zealand - the key countries of Oceania, are important agricultural producers that export two thirds of their agricultural produce due to their own relatively small populations. Both countries pursue pro-active trade policies with a focus on Asia, and both compete against one another with their products– above all, milk, meat, cereals- on international markets. As “free traders” they play a major role in international trade policy.

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 Cooperation with the countries of South America

The main countries we cooperate with in South America are Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

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