Policy Documents

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."

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.)