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
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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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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