FAO Conference 40th Session

Seed Money Matters – 15 Years of Bilateral Trust Fund (BTF)

Sheikh Zayed Centre (FAO Headquarters)
 Rome time



Since 2002, the BMEL provides FAO with seed money to develop projects with innovative concepts and strategies and to create a favorable environment for global food security and nutrition that can be adopted and disseminated by other donors.

So far, more than 100 projects in about 50 countries have been funded, focusing on Afghanistan, Sub-Saharan Africa and SouthEast Asia.


Which milestones have been reached by the BTF during the past 15 years?


→ Policy frameworks for the implementation of the Right to Food (RtF) and access to land and other natural resources (VGGT).
→ Strategies for food security and nutrition education in rural and urban areas, with a particular focus on the important role of women.
→ Sustainable agricultural production and strategies of the agricultural sector to adapt/mitigate climate change.
→ Bioeconomy and bioenergy development focusing on food security.



Welcome by Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken (Permanent Representative of Germany to the International Organisations in Rome).

Welcoming address by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO.


Key Note by Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.

Premiere of the joint BMEL-FAO film on selected projects of the Bilateral Trust Fund with FAO.



German Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Tholken will moderate the event.

Martin Frick, Director, Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, FAO. 

Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Developent Division, FAO.

Prof. Judith Kimiywe, PhD, Nutritionist, Researcher and Consultant, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Kenyatta University, Kenya.

Michael Hamp, Representative of IFAD (Dairy Industry Development Project/Afghanistan).

Ghulam Zekria Ahmadzai, Chairman of the Kabul Dairy Union (TBC).


Closing remarks by Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken


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