AKI organizes professional agricultural trips to our partner countries on subjects from the areas of agriculture and food. The target groups for these trips are AKI members and interested individuals, but also businesses and specialized institutions. Through these visits, AKI’s existing, comprehensive, international contacts shall be utilized and expanded.
Through our personal contact with private individuals and partner organizations, delegation visits can be selectively offered and adjusted to the corresponding group of specialists. The specialized programs mostly consist of a balanced variety of different tours, related to the targeted areas, and personal visits with farmers. The complete organization before the trip, as well as personal accompaniment and assistance during the trip go without saying.
AKI organizes and supervises specialized seminars on various topics in the areas of agriculture, food and veterinary science for international delegations. In addition to company visits, the possibility to exchange experiences as well as expand existing contacts between skilled workers in Baden-Württemberg and abroad is given special attention.
The programs are designed and conducted individually, based on the specialized topics and specific requests of the participants, in close collaboration with skilled workers.
Interested institutions can make a request to AKI here.
AKI has been working for the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) GmbH since 2019 as an external service provider for specialized delegation trips, on-site, and as virtual tours. The purpose of the delegation visits is to promote direct exchange between GIZ’s project partners in Germany and the EU, in some cases also between third countries, as a key instrument of German development cooperation. The participants are usually high-ranking representatives of the partner countries who meet with equal-ranking contact persons in the host country.
When organizing GIZ delegation trips, depending on the requirements, AKI takes the following tasks:
AKI has been organizing presence and virtual delegation trips for GIZ´s partner countries since 2019.
So far virtual delegation visits have been/ are currently being carried out on the following topics.
Present visits to Germany have been or are currently being carried out on the following topics:
Delegation trip to India 2020 led by the then State Secretary Mrs. Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch, 2020 of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs, and Consumer Protection.
In February 2020, AKI´s Project Manager Julia Fendel travelled to India together with Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i) and supervised the delegation trip on the agricultural and food industry, headed by State Secretary Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch.
The participants travelled through India to learn about the market opportunities of the agricultural and food industry in India through political exchanges and round-table discussions with local experts, as well as field trips.
By visiting the "Green Innovation Centers" of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit" (GIZ) GmbH, the German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) and field trips, the participants were able to get a feel for the Indian market and to see the potential of different agricultural products from Germany (including agricultural technology and wine) for the Indian market. At the end of this great journey, the 16th Wine Festival took place in Mumbai, which was an excellent platform to make business contacts.
2019 Delegation trip Estonia
On behalf of the Ministry of Food, Rural Areas, and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg (MLR), AKI organized a delegation trip to Estonia under the leadership of Minister Peter Hauk MdL
During this three-day visit, the discussions with the Minister of Food, Rural Areas, and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg, Peter Hauk, and the Deputy Minister of the Environment of Estonia, Mr. Tarmo Tamm, focused especially on digitalization, both in agriculture itself and in the digitalization in rural areas.
2018 Delegation trip to Russia, Minister Peter Hauk MdL visits Russia.
Organized and accompanied by AKI, the Minister for Food, Rural Areas, and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg, Peter Hauk MdL, visited the regions of Moscow and Voronezh in Russia at the end of May 2018. In addition to subject-related excursions, the program also included numerous discussions with representatives of the German economy in Russia as well as Russian industry associations and companies.
Between 2011 and 2017, AKI carried out the joint project between the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) and the Vietnamese National Farmers’ Union (VNFU) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The aim was to improve the professional and organisational work of the VNFU in the field of vocational qualification for its members, with a focus on full-time and young farmers.
Within the framework of this long-standing cooperation, a wide range of measures were carried out in Vietnam and Germany, as well as specialist trips on agricultural topics. Linked to this growing partnership, a trip on aquaculture was conducted in 2018.
The delegation trip, focusing on aquaculture in Vietnam, was led, among others, by representatives of the VNFU and the AKI, Mr. Leu Vu Dieu and Dr. Martin Johannes Oberle, respectively. As part of this expert trip, field trips to fish farms and numerous discussions with the representative of the National Aquaculture Association took place. This not only provides an insight into the state of development of fish farming, but also encourages the development of business contacts.