Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is a member of more than 30 international
organisations. As a member of the European Union the Ministry is also involved
in numerous organisations and participates in their meetings. Among these, the
World Trade Organization WTO has the greatest political weight.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO is an important forum for influencing development policy in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. In recent years the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has considerably reinforced its role in both the national and international discussion on development policy issues.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD is an important institute for international economic research and a think tank for policy planning. The OECD Committees for Agriculture and Fisheries and Working Parties under these bring together the leading civil servants and experts from the 20 member countries. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry takes active part in agricultural and fisheries policy research and policy design in the OECD context.