Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

World Nutrition

According to information from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), 805 million people are still suffering from hunger or malnourishment. Furthermore, about two billion people are affected by so-called hidden hunger, a vitamin and mineral deficit.

Against the background of a still growing world population, shortage of resources, changed nutritional habits in some newly industrialized countries, the increasing habitat destruction in developing countries and the production risks caused by climate change have strengthened the commitment of the BLE to improve the world’s nutrition situation.

The tasks of the BLE in this area encompass, among other things, the support of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in the

  • Collaboration with the FAO:

    • Management of the BMEL bilateral trust fund at the FAO
    • Placement of specialists and associate experts (APO) at the FAO
  • Continuing education of specialists (capacity development):

    • International seminar on land youth work (Herrsching)
    • International trainee exchange

International research collaboration

The goal of international research cooperation efforts in the area of world nutrition is researching the many different challenges to secure world nutrition and develop efficient solutions.

Commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), project sponsor BLE supervises international research cooperation efforts on the topic of "World Nutrition" in the following supporting measures:

  • International research cooperation efforts for world nutrition: With these research projects, the BMEL contributes to food security.
  • International research projects: Joint research support within the framework of intergovernmental partnerships.
  • Bilateral exchange of scientists: By assuming travel and accommodation expenses, the BMEL supports the development and cultivation of scientific partnerships.