Understanding Agricultural Exports - Facts and background information


Bananas from Ecuador, Swiss cheese, French red wine, Argentinian steaks, Kenyan coffee, pepper from Vietnam – much of what we eat has been imported into Germany from other countries. Agricultural imports add variety to our plates. On the other hand the German agricultural sector also exports its products – and in doing so enriches the food on the table in our neighbouring countries. Agricultural trade is an important factor for the economy and prosperity.

Deutsche Version: Agrarexporte verstehen - Fakten und Hintergründe

As of: March 2016


"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 Farming"

Screenshot of the film „Understanding Farming“

Germany, the land of engineering ingenuity and industry, has at the same time always remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the land in Germany is farmed. Around one million people, working in approximately 285,000 agricultural enterprises, produce more than 50 billion Euros’ worth of goods a year.

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