Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Germany)

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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
BMEL Logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1949
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Rochusstr. 1, 53123 Bonn
Employees 920 (Feb. 2010)
Annual budget 6.02 billion (2018)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Website http://www.bmel.de
The BMEL headquarters in Bonn, Germany
BMEL offices on Wilhelmstraße, Berlin

The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft), abbreviated BMEL, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its primary headquarters are located in Bonn with a secondary office in Berlin. From 1949 to 2001 it was known as the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten). Through an organizational order by the German Chancellor on 22 January 2001, it became the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture after the Consumer protection function was transferred from the Federal Ministry for Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit). The name Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection was adopted on 22 November 2005 simply to alphabetize its functional parts in the German language.


The current Minister for Food and Agriculture is Julia Klöckner. The Parliamentary State Secretaries are Maria Flachsbarth and Peter Bleser. Robert Kloos is the Permanent State Secretary. In addition to the Ministry Management (including management staff), it consists of six departments (as of October 2014):

  • Department 1: Central Division
  • Department 2: Nutrition, product safety, innovation
  • Department 3: Food safety, animal health
  • Department 4: Rural Development, Agricultural markets
  • Department 5: Bio-based economy, sustainable agriculture and forestry
  • Department 6: EU policy, International cooperation, fisheries


Under the auspices of the BMEL are various Federal agencies, legally independent institutions under public law and government research institutes:

Federal Ministers

Political Party:   CSU   CDU   FDP   SPD   Green

Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forests
Wilhelm Niklas
CSU 20 September 1949 20 October 1953 Adenauer
Heinrich Lübke
CDU 20 October 1953 15 September 1959 Adenauer
(II • III)
Werner Schwarz
CDU 30 September 1959 26 October 1965 Adenauer (III • IV • V)
Erhard (I)
Hermann Höcherl
CSU 26 October 1965 21 October 1969 Erhard (II)
Kiesinger (I)
Josef Ertl
FDP 22 October 1969 17 September 1982 Brandt (III)
Schmidt (III • III)
Björn Engholm
(b. 1939)
SPD 17 September 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
Josef Ertl
FDP 4 October 1982 29 March 1983 Kohl
Ignaz Kiechle
CSU 30 March 1983 21 January 1993 Kohl
Jochen Borchert
(b. 1940)
CDU 21 January 1993 26 October 1998 Kohl
Karl-Heinz Funke
(b. 1946)
SPD 27 October 1998 12 January 2001 Schröder
Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture
Renate Künast
(b. 1955)
Green 12 January 2001 4 October 2005 Schröder
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Horst Seehofer
(b. 1949)
CSU 22 November 2005 27 October 2008 Merkel
Ilse Aigner
(b. 1964)
CSU 31 October 2008 30 September 2013 Merkel
Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture
Hans-Peter Friedrich
(b. 1957)
CSU 17 December 2013 14 February 2014 Merkel
Christian Schmidt
(b. 1957)
CSU 14 February 2014 14 March 2018
Julia Klöckner
(b. 1972)
CDU 14 March 2018 Incumbent Merkel

See also


  1. ^ "Ausgaben im Bundeshaushalt nach Ressorts 2018".

External links

  • Website

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