Policy Documents

BMBF Bioeconomy Strategy

The objective of the bioeconomy is to combine economy and ecology to ensure a more sustainable use of resources. In its National Bioeconomy Strategy, the Federal Government lays down the guidelines and objectives for its policy on the bioeconomy and lists measures for their implementation. The strategy lays the foundations for Germany to strengthen its role as a bioeconomy leader and to create the technology and jobs of tomorrow. With the strategy, the German Federal Government also assumes its global responsibility in the interconnected international bioeconomy.

MARA Releases Notice on Support to Promote Stable Production and Supply of Pigs:

On 17 March 2020, the General Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) released a notice on increasing the support for the stable production and supply of live pigs. The corresponding measures include political support, an adjustment of current subsidy policies and credit guarantee services as well as temporary loan discounts to support breeders and pig farms.

Food Security in China

On 14 October 2019 the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a white paper titled "Food Security in China."

Understanding Rural Regions - Facts and Background Information

The importance of rural regions for life and work, economy and culture in Germany cannot be overestimated. They are the basis for the food and energy supply and offer space for relaxation. At the same time, there are major challenges that politics and society have to face. The brochure "Understanding rural regions" presents the rural regions and their importance, trends and challenges.

(Note: The brochure is only available in German language.)

Digital Perspectives for Rural Areas

Digitization in rural areas is about more than technical standards. Above all, the focus is on clever ideas that can be used to bridge space and time: long distances to the doctor? Apps on smartphones and tablets bring the office hour directly to your home. Long trips to work? Telework creates new options for young parents, but also for people who want to get involved in the country. Digital innovations can help replace infrastructure that is no longer available - and set new impulses for village life. We show what opportunities there can be to advance digital solutions for the country - solutions that users take with them and open up new, attractive perspectives for their everyday life in rural regions.

(Note: The brochure is only available in German language.)

Digital politics in agriculture

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) have set themselves the task of shaping the framework for „Digital Farming“. The main question here is: Which consequences arise from the digital transformation for agriculture and the agricultural sector? And how can agriculture – and also small and medium-sized farms that are less capable for investing –, the environment and the consumers equally benefit from the new opportunities.

The recent future programme gives an overview of the current state of the art and its implicit opportunities and challenges. It aims to show how to apply digital politics to and with agriculture and tells us in which fields the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture already actively participates in or plans to engage in future.

(Note: The future programme is only available in German language.)

Understanding agriculture - Chances of digitalisation

Digitalisation changes our way of working, of communicating and of consuming, or in short: our whole lives. And it does not stop at our agriculture either. Rather, it assists in preserving our natural resources and applying plant protection agents and fertilizers more efficiently, thus protecting our environment.
The gap between highly productive high-tech machines and low automated process sequences is continuously widening. So far, technological development is advanced especially by agricultural engineering manufacturers. For that reason, the cooperation between individual service providers should be actively promoted.

This brochure aims to give an insight into the multi-facetted digitalisation of agriculture.

(Note: The brochure is only available in German language.)