Agriculture: Regulatory Agencies

Australia: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is in charge of developing and implementing policies in Australia's agriculture industry. The department's aim is to ensure safety and competitiveness of Australian agriculture on an international level. This site provides information on importing, exporting, travel, and a variety of topics related to different segments of the agriculture industry in Australia.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 10, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Australia

Australia: Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Australia's Department of Primary Industries (DPI) develops successful and diverse food and agriculture industries. The site provides recent news related to these industries as well as a number of useful publications detailing a variety of methods to help start, grow, and sustain an agricultural or food-related industry.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 11, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Australia

Azerbaijan: Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

The Ministry of the Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan aims to increase the agricultural capacity of the country. The site provides information about legislation, international cooperation, and statistical information. In addition, users can find in-depth information about various sectors, such as plant-growing, technical policies, and production facilities. Site only available in Azerbaijani.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Azerbaijan

Bulgaria: Ministry of Agriculture and Food

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is in charge of upholding the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for Bulgaria. The CAP dictates how farmers receive subsidy distributions, support payments, and rural development policies. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Bulgaria

Canada: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provides information, research, technology, policies, and programs to achieve an environmentally sustainable agricultural industry. The AAFC also includes other organizations involved in the regulation of the Canadian agricultural industry in its umbrella.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Canada

China: Ministry of Agriculture of China

The Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China website is the location for all of the announcements and laws put forth by the Chinese government. The site also includes articles on hot topics in the agriculture industry and on-line exhibitions that delve into topics such as crop production, organic food, and fishery.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 26, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , China

Colombia: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, also known as Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural, is in charge of the safety, development, and productivity of the agricultural industry in Colombia. The site provides information regarding the organization's regulations and programs. Only available in Spanish.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 25, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Colombia

Denmark: Ministry of Environment and Food

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark includes the AgriFish Agency, the Veterinary and Food Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nature Agency, and the Coastal Authority. The Ministry as a whole is responsible for administrative and research tasks in the areas of environmental protection, farming, and food production. The site provides information about laws and policies covered by the agencies under the ministry's umbrella. In addition, users may access sections with recent news and publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Denmark

Egypt: Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation

The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation conducts numerous studies every year with the objective of trying to determine the best policies for the development of the Egyptian agriculture industry. This site includes all of their publications as well as contact information for the ministry. Only available in Arabic. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Egypt

Estonia: Ministry of Rural Affairs

The Ministry of Rural Affairs is responsible for the drafting and implementation of natural development plans. This page includes links to news about areas the ministry is involved in as well as information about the role of the ministry in Estonia and the greater European Union.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 1, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Estonia

Ethopian Agriculture Portal

A subsidiary of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, the Ethiopian Agriculture Portal (EAP) is a gateway to information that is relevant to the Ethiopian Agriculture industry. There are many "good practices" articles and a breakdown of resources based on commodity.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 19, 2015

Tags: Country Specific , Ethiopia

European Commission: Agriculture and Rural Development

The mission of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is to promote the sustainable development of Europe's agriculture and to ensure the well-being of its rural areas. This site is divided into several sections within the agricultural industry and includes many forecasts and analytical articles.  (The site is also available in many European languages).

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 13, 2013

Tags: Europe , European Union

Finland: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry steers the policy on sustainable use of natural resources and is in charge of a broad array of resources in Finland including agriculture, fisheries, land development, and the care of game animals. A variety of facts, reports, and publications are also provided by the site.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Finland

France: Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Forest

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Forest is responsible for the regulation of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and food. The site provides information on various agricultural sectors, the members of the department, press releases, publications, and media. The majority of the website is only available in French, but an "English contents" section is available. This section lists articles and videos that summarize issues the ministry deems important.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 31, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , France

Germany: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) aims to promote a balanced and healthy diet, ensuring that everyday goods are safe. The ministry assists in the development of clear consumer rights and helps to ensure that the agricultural sector is strong and able to perform the duties required of it.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Germany , Environment

Greece: Ministry for Rural Development and Food

The Ministry for Rural Development and Food is in charge of ensuring the safety of several types of crops grown in Greece. It is also in charge of the regulation of how to farm these plants. The site includes general information on the ministry, as well as news and a list of useful links.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Greece

Hungary: Ministry of Rural Development

The Ministry of Rural Development provides central governance for the agriculture, game management, fisheries, and food sectors. This website includes links to all of the laws imposed on these areas as well as information on protected food and beverages within Hungary.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Hungary

India: Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare functions as the main agency in charge of the research, production, and regulation of all agriculture and food products produced in India. The department's site contains a variety of issues on its responsibilities, regulations, and current initiatives. A section dedicated to reports and publications contains numerous documents about a variety of agricultural topics, and all publications are downloadable in PDF.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , India

India: Ministry of Textiles

The Ministry of Textiles of India is responsible for policy formulation, planning, development, export promotion, and trade regulation in respect to the apparel and textiles industry. The ministry's site provides information regarding the specific sectors in the apparel and textiles industry, related statistics, and recent news. Information about the ministry, its responsibilities, and regulations is also provided by the site.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Apparel and Textiles , India

Indonesia: Ministry of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia is in charge of regulating the agricultural commodities business. This site contains directories of the ministry's various programs, a database of important information, and a list of publications. Site only available in Indonesian. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 26, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Indonesia

Iran: Ministry of Agriculture

This is the official webpage of Iran's Ministry of Agriculture. The site contains statistics, rules and regulations, and news on the agriculture industry in Iran. Only available in Persian.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Iran

Ireland: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website contains all of the links and documentation that one may need regarding the food and agriculture industries in Ireland. The department itself is in charge of all policies and support related to those industries in Ireland. Publications, legislation, news, and PDF documents on different agricultural sectors are available on the website.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Ireland

Japan: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is in charge of the promotion and policies of the Japanese Agriculture industry. There are many links here regarding current promotions, statistics, and policies; as well as annual reports on the department and the industries they oversee.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 31, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Japan

Mexico: Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food pursues and researches policies for the betterment of the Agriculture and Food and Beverage industries. The organization also aims to improve the quality of the Mexican ecosystem and rural living. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: October 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Mexico

Netherlands: Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Ministry of Economic Affairs is in charge of policy development to create a sustainable, competitive business environment in the Netherlands. Specific focus is placed on agriculture and energy, as well on a balance between ecology and economy. This site contains relevant information for the agriculture, biotechnology, and energy industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Netherlands , Energy

Norway: Ministry of Agriculture and Food

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Norway is responsible for food and agricultural policy. The ministry is also responsible for preparing and ensuring compliance with regulations and guidelines in accordance with adopted legislation and political decisions.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Norway

Philippines: Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture is the principal agency of the Philippine government responsible for the promotion and growth of the agriculture industry. The site provides policy framework that directs public investments and provides the support services necessary for the agriculture industry in the Philippines. Also available are a number of reports, media resources, and other recent news that are posted as they pertain to the department. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Philippines

Poland: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

In charge of the research and policy-making for the agriculture industry in Poland, the website for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development contains many links to current news, research and publications, and contact information for the agricultural institutions in Poland.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 8, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Poland

Portugal: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFDR)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFDR), also known as the Ministro da Agricultura, Florestas e Desenvolvimento Rural, is charged with regulating the agriculture industry. Its website contains information about the current minister and other head figures in the ministry, as well as recent news in the ministry. Although an English version of the site is available, this particular page is only available in Portuguese.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 11, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Portugal

Romania: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

The website for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development provides information about agricultural industry, rural development, and the food industry. In addition, the site contains information about fisheries, phitosanitary issues, transparency, and press releases. Some parts of the resource are only available in Romanian. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 8, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Romania

Russia: Ministry of Agriculture

Available in Russian only, this website for the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has contact information, policies, and news for the Russian Agriculture industry.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 11, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Russia

South Africa: National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to support sustainable agricultural development in South Africa. This website contains links to the regional departments that are in charge of the South African agriculture industry. It also provides information regarding services, programs, tenders, media, and publications. Publications are located on the bottom left side of the homepage.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , South Africa

South Korea: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs aims to develop agriculture into an industry that supports public health and improves the well-being of rural residents. This website features its projects and has links to relevant policies and statistics.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , South Korea

Sweden: Board of Agriculture

The Board of Agriculture is the Swedish government's expert authority in matters of agriculture policy, and is responsible for the agricultural and horticultural sectors. The site describes rural and trade opportunities in the Swedish agricultural industry in regards to the country's crops and animals. In addition, a number of forms and brochures related to agriculture in Sweden are available for download in PDF.  

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Sweden

Sweden: Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation is responsible for promoting the development and growth of the service and manufacturing sectors within Sweden. The ministry is also charged with monitoring the agriculture, construction, and food and beverage industries in the country. This website details in depth the ministry's areas of responsibility, organization, and its relationship with the European Union. Recent news related to the ministry is posted on the main page of its website. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Construction , Sweden

Sweden: National Food Agency

The National Food Agency is the central administrative authority for all matters concerning food in Sweden. This website contains information about maintaining a healthy diet, as well as the numerous regulations within the food and beverage industry in Sweden.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Sweden

Taiwan: Council of Agriculture (COA)

The Council of Agriculture (COA) is the authority on agriculture, forestry, fishery, animal husbandry, and food affairs in Taiwan. This website contains information regarding policies, news, programs and services provided by COA. In addition, the site provides relevant publications, statistical data, and laws and regulations.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 29, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Taiwan

Turkey: Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock

The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock is the official government agency in charge of the food and beverage and agriculture industries. This site contains educational videos, reports, and statistics for farmers, consumers, and investors. It also provides access to the laws, procedures, and regulations of the industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: December 1, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Turkey

Ukraine: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine is in charge of the development and regulation of the Food and Beverage and Agriculture Industries within Ukraine. This website contains relevant news, statistics, and laws for those industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: November 28, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , Ukraine

United Kingdom: Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is responsible for creating policies that impact the environment, as well as the Food and Beverage, and Agriculture Industries. This site includes information regarding the policies and laws of these industries in the United Kingdom.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: July 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , United Kingdom

United States: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on public policy, science, and efficient management. This website contains links to the various functions of the USDA in the food and beverage industry as well as the agricultural industry.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 20, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Food and Beverage , United States

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