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Agricultural policy consulting

Agricultural policy sets the framework for the agricultural value chain. It must regulate and can create incentives. In this way, it also controls the production and processing of agricultural products and trade in them. However, this important steering function is often severely limited, e.g. because political decision-makers lack the will to change or the necessary expertise, or because structures in parliaments, ministries and associations are inefficient. The aim of the advisory service is therefore to sensitize the relevant players in agricultural policy to its creative significance and to strengthen their technical competencies.

Currently, agricultural policy worldwide has to respond, for example, to the increasing demand for environmentally and climate friendly products. The European supply chain law, the desire for deforestation-free and CO2-neutral value chains, and the increasing demand for organic products are examples of this. Internationally, possibilities for the traceability of agricultural products must be installed. Agricultural policy faces the challenge of setting the appropriate regulatory framework for this.

We cover the entire governance area related to agriculture. This includes, for example, the establishment of agricultural trade associations, support for restructuring processes in agricultural ministries or corruption prevention in the agricultural sector. We also provide advice on rural development and have already initiated numerous research collaborations.

We offer consulting processes that are sometimes lengthy and can start at the political or working level – depending on the challenges of the partner country. To this end, we offer dialog and exchange formats (digital and face-to-face events, studies and analyses, seminars, workshops, delegation trips, institutional partnerships, etc.) that promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between countries. In doing so, we focus both on professional exchange and on recommendations for action regarding the structural and organizational set-up of ministries as well as the integration of associations into European structures.

There is often mutual interest in the dialog processes, so that in addition to the exchange within the country, there is also an international exchange from which the German partners also benefit.