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The Federal Office of Agriculture and Food (BLE) is a federal authority. In all, it employs approx. 1,200 staff throughout Germany and at sea. In the areas of agriculture, fisheries and foodstuffs the BLE fulfils a wide range of tasks.

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Call for Transnational Research Projects on Organic Food and Farming

The EU research network CORE Organic has launched its transnational joint call for research project proposals on 6 December 2016. The projects aim at supporting organic farming and processing of organic food.

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Research Cooperation for Foodsecurity and Nutrition in Africa

Early December a delegation from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food travelled to Pretoria in South Africa for an initial meeting of the "LEAP-Agri Consortium". The objective of the five-year LEAP-Agri project is to contribute to the development of food production and to improved nutrition in Africa with collaborative research.

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Innovative approaches to process local food in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) funds research projects with innovative approaches to food processing of German agricultural and food research institutions with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The BLE is the funding manager (ptble).

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Farm Manager Volker Scheidtweiler and workshop participants in a barley field

EU-Workshop on "Demonstration Farms for Integrated Pest Management" in Bonn

At the end of May, 70 actors from the transnational network for pest management "C-IPM: Coordinated Integrated Pest Management in Europe" and from the area of EU crop management guidelines took part in the workshop.

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Junge bei der Qualitätskontrolle im Hafen

Quality Control of Fruit and Vegetables at the BLE

The BLE controls the compliance with marketing standards of different horticultural and agricultural products, which are traded in Germany and the European Union or imported and exported. This quality control focuses on fruits and vegetables, bananas, dried grapes, hops, eggs and fishery products.

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Production of Sustainable Biomass

In Germany, the BLE is the competent authority for the implementation of the sustainability criteria laid down in Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Energy Directive).

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Global Food Security and International Cooperation

The BLE intends to face the major challenges of the international community regarding food security for a growing global population. For this reason, BLE in-creases its commitment in this area and established the division "International Cooperation and Global Food Security" which pools various activities of BLE in the field of international cooperation.

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Product Contact Point

To improve the free movement of goods within the European Union, Product Contact Points have been set up in the Member States. The purpose of these Product Contact Points is to facilitate access to the national market for economic operators of other Member States.

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