Food and Agriculture News

G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers and Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin

Jan 25, 2017 | German Embassy Pretoria
Group photo G-20 Agriculture Ministers 2017

South African Minister of Agriculture Zokwana attended the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting and the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin. The German Minister of Agriculture has invited his fellow agriculture ministers to Berlin on January 22. The G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers was the first ministerial meeting under the German G20 Presidency.

Barloworld and BayWa to extend collaboration in southern Africa

Dec 30, 2016 | German Embassy Pretoria
Digital Farming: data collected by drones are transferred to tractors

South African Barloworld Limited, Johannesburg, and BayWa AG, Munich (Germany) are to establish a new joint venture to further their agriculture and materials handling operations in southern Africa. Subject to approval by competition authorities, the joint venture BHBW Holdings (Pty) Ltd is to commence operations in early 2017.

German Delegation of meat producers visiting South Africa

Nov 18, 2016 | German Embassy Pretoria
“Made in Germany”, Sausage in black and red gold

The German Embassy in Pretoria represented by the head of the department for Food and Agriculture, Mr. Erik Schneider will accompany the delegation on their business trip to Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban from November 28 to December 2, 2016. The German delegation is carefully selected in order to represent the best of German meat products. Systems for Business Solutions (SBS) in collaboration with the local company Africa Business Group (ABS), is coordinating the business trip on behalf of the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

Strategy for Africa guiding principle for the Department of Agriculture

Nov 4, 2016 | German Embassy Pretoria
German Embassy in Groenkloof, Pretoria

The German Strategy for Africa acts as a guiding principle for the Department of Agriculture at the German Embassy.The focus of German cooperation in southern Africa is on South Africa and Zambia, the Republic of South Africa being the most important partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the German Embassy in South Africa, the Department of Agriculture is closely linked with the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) to ensure that cooperation programs are targeted and promising.

South African meat prices to rise

Oct 18, 2016 | German Embassy Pretoria
Cows look for something to graze

Meat prices in South Africa are expected to increase up to 15 percent due to drought related issues. The German Embassy supports the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture to overcome these issues. Over- or under supply of meat and meat-based products lead to price volatility thus directly influence consumer prices. The current drought in South Africa is the worst in decades and affects not only general water supplies but the agricultural sector in particular. Farmers had to cut down on their livestock which led to oversupply of red meat on the market. Despite the increase in slaughtering, prices remained steady over the past month because of increased meat exports.  To facilitate bilateral trade the Department of Agriculture at the German Embassy is in constant dialogue with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Agriculture at the heart of society

Christian Schmidt MdB, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

“Agriculture, forestry and fisheries are essential components of our society and affect all of us in our daily lives. This brochure will give you an overview of the main focus of my agricultural policy. Selected facts and figures have been included to provide you with information on the current  situation in the agricultural sector. I hope you find it a stimulating read.” Christian Schmidt MdB, German Minister of Food and Agriculture

The German Farmers’ Association

German Farmers’ Association (DBV)

Deutscher Bauernverband (DBV) is the professional representation of German agriculture and forestry. DBV is the voice of people who work in this sector, which constitutes an important pillar of German national economy, generating about 50 billion Euro each year. The interests and needs of farmers and foresters are represented and advocated by DBV. DBV is politically-independent.