|Country Profile - Germany|
|Agricultural Research for Development
|The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the Ministry primarily responsible for funding Agricultural Research for Development (ARD). Smaller contributions are provided by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).|
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|Key ARD objectives||
Food security and rural development are top priorities of Germany’s ARD funding
Credit: © GIZ/Michael Tsegaye
|ARD is primarily funded and coordinated by BMZ who set Germany’s development priorities in close consultation with the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) and international partner organisations. The Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German government in achieving its ARD objectives. Established in 2011, GIZ has brought together the expertise of the German Development Service (DED), the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Capacity Building International (Inwent). GIZ operates in more than 130 countries.
BEAF supports the CGIAR centres with core funding and is responsible for selecting which CGIAR research projects to fund, in accordance with development and scientific criteria. It also supports and finances the secondment of German experts to CGIAR centres and advises BMZ on exercising its tasks on the steering committees. BEAF’s excellent network enables fruitful collaboration between German and international agricultural research institutions, as well as between private companies and international research centres.
The Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF) is one of a number of advisory bodies that supports ARD and publishes newsletters that provide the latest ARD information. Every year, researchers, funding agencies, NGOs and the private sector convene at Tropentag (conference on tropical and subtropical agriculture and natural resources management) to share their latest information. This event is supported by ATSAF.
|Main ARD budget and beneficiaries for 2010|
|The majority of BMZ funding for ARD is provided to 17 international agricultural research centres, primarily CGIAR centres, AVRDC (World Vegetable Center) and ICIPE (African Insect Science for Food and Health), as well as to national and regional research institutions in developing countries collaborating with international research centres. In 2010, BMZ provided 23 million euros to support ARD. Funds from BMBF and BMELV are mostly directed to German universities and Federal Agricultural Research Institutes..|
|BMZ, together with BMBF, BMELV and the German Science Council (DFG), fund the majority of Germany’s ARD. Private donors including the fiat panis Foundation also contribute.
BMZ delivers its ARD funds through GIZ. German Universities and Federal Agricultural Research Institutes also receive ARD funding. The Universities of Kassel, Hohenheim, Bonn and Göttingen have tropical centres that manage large ARD research projects, organise training courses and build partnerships with other research institutions in developing countries.
|Main ARD programmes|
Germany finances research for sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity
Credit: © AVRDC
|Over the next few years, Germany’s general ARD objectives and geographic focus is not expected to change, although the thematic agenda will be influenced by climate change and globalisation. The trend in ARD towards interdisciplinary approaches and increased international collaboration will continue, enabling a rapid and targeted response to emerging themes by pooling resources in a more flexible way.|
EIARD National Contact Point: Wolfgang Kasten, BEAF, GIZ
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +49 6196 79 2149
|This country profile has been commissioned by EIARD (the permanent ARD coordination platform between the European Commission, Member States of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland) as part of a series providing an overview of policies and support for agricultural research for development by EIARD member countries. EIARD is not responsible for any omissions and inaccuracies contained within this document and the information is only correct up to the date of publishing (August 2011).|