About the Project
The Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA).
Recent developments in China with relevance to Sino-German cooperation in the agricultural sector and current DCZ activities!
Latest DCZ Publication
NEW: Read the DCZ analysis of China's Document No. 1!
DCZ Smart Agriculture Website
Learn about the perspectives of political decision-makers, entrepreneurs and farmers on smart agriculture.
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
The political leadership and funding support of the DCZ lies with the BMEL together with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, abbreviated BMEL, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its headquarters are located in Bonn with a second major office in Berlin. It consists of six departments and under its auspices are various federal agencies, legally independent institutions under public law and government research institutes.
With its Bilateral Cooperation Programme, the BMEL supports partner countries in establishing a productive, yet resource-conserving agri-food industry via practice-oriented project activities.
At the international technical level, the Ministry regularly engages on a range of topics: global food security, access to land, sustainable resource management, renewable resources, food safety and consumer protection. They also organize the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which takes place annually as part of International Green Week in Berlin.
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
GFA Consulting Group is the administering and monitoring agency of the DCZ. It has a sound track record of providing effective solutions to the challenges in the global consulting market. Based in Hamburg, the company has implemented complex studies and projects in over 130 countries since 1982. Leading development agencies, ministries and public clients have entrusted GFA with helping them to manage projects financed through bilateral and multilateral funds.
As General Agent of the BMEL Bilateral Cooperation Programme, GFA Berlin Office provides the Ministry with expertise on strategy, content and innovative methods, develops projects, contracts implementing agencies for projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, monitors and controls ongoing projects, administers the programme budget and cooperates with project partners.
IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH
IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH is the leading implementing agency of DCZ. IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH is an independent agricultural-based consulting company working both for public donor organisations and for private enterprises in Germany and abroad.
The core business of IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH are the agricultural advisory services in Germany and abroad, including advice to organizations, associations, municipalities and administrations, and the international cooperation mainly in the areas of agriculture and integrated rural development.
IAK’s work is characterised by values and principles such as integrity, equality, adherence to contractual and legal obligations, transparency, loyalty, trust and partnership.
IAK’s philosophy is to offer clients both private and public a qualified, practical, economically efficient, strategic and technically up-to-date consultancy service, while adhering to policies and regulations as well as the responsible use of public funds at project planning and implementation.
For IAK, quality means meeting the demands and expectations of their customers through the application of skills and creativity by all their employees. With IAK you can rely on a sound professional and independent advice.
IAK has chosen a special approach by offering its advisory services in Germany as well as abroad and linking those activities in order to exploit synergetic effects through networking and collaboration. Regardless of whether consultancy services are offered to private enterprises, organisations or international donors, IAK purposely brings in know-how from its own specialists in cooperation with experts from science, industry, public administration and independent consultants.
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Together with IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH, the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is in charge of the implementing of DCZ.
The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) performs basic and applied research in the agricultural and food sector as well as rural areas of the formerly centrally planned economies of Europe and Asia against the context of international developments. This research approach is unique worldwide. The institute makes a significant contribution to describing and improving the living conditions of the people and the economic development of these regions. Based on research results, the staff develops recommendations for sustainable development in the agricultural and food sector and for promoting rural areas which are worth living in and vibrant.
The guiding principles of the research are academic originality and societal relevance. The institute’s research activities are supported by renowned research funding institutes and are integrated with national and international research networks. Research findings are published in recognised academic journals and discussed at international scientific conferences. IAMO does not just direct its research at the scientific community, but also to political and business policy makers and the public. A wide circle of interested parties is informed about current scientific knowledge through various media channels. Through reports and consulting services, the institute contributes to the formation of political will on current political and economic matters at the national and international level.
The institute utilises its competencies for the qualification of young academics, especially in the partner countries. Key principles which guide the institute’s work include flat hierarchies and exceptional support for the independent research of young academics with systematic guidance and support of upcoming graduates. IAMO strengthens the position of Halle as a centre of science and Leibniz as a brand, thanks to its international focus and partnerships with other teaching and research institutes – in particular the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).
The research and knowledge transfer activities are sustained by the institute’s international and multicultural staff. Strategic orientation and research management take place with the involvement of staff competencies in cooperation with the internationally staffed scientific advisory board of IAMO. Research programmes are updated on a regular basis, allowing for goal-oriented and independent work in project groups as well as a problem-oriented strategic focus directed at the target audience.
In keeping with the mission statement of the Leibniz Association, the quality and results of the work performed are ensured through regular internal and external evaluations. The IAMO is committed to complying with national and international standards of training young academics, good scientific practices and quality assurance. IAMO creates an environment marked by creativity and competition. The work environment is characterised by personal integrity, tolerance and fairness in dealing with one another. The institute puts equal opportunities for women and men into practice, implements measures to ensure the compatibility of family and career, and offers attractive working conditions.