Germany has significantly increased its development cooperation efforts relating to food security in recent years. It is making massive efforts to help its partner countries improve and ensure food security for their people. Germany’s development cooperation activities in this sector are also helping to develop rural areas and protect natural resources. Two billion euros are being invested every year in these areas from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
With its core area “Transformation of agricultural and food systems” Germany is putting food security at the centre of international cooperation. The aim is to give people the chance to realise their right to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. To that end, food systems need to become more effective and efficient. This needs to happen in a way that is economically and socially sustainable so as to create prosperity and new jobs for young people and, in particular, for women.
In addition to its ongoing programmes, the German Development Ministry made special funding of some 1.4 billion euros available in 2022 for the fight against global hunger and for the countries most affected. In total, the BMZ invested around 3.5 billion euros in food security in 2022.