Founded in 1948, DBV is the professional representation of German agriculture and forestry. DBV is the voice of people who work in this sector, which constitutes an important pillar of German national economy, generating about 50 billion euro each year. Every eighth job in Germany is related to the agri-food business, which generates 150 billion euro annually. Its significance for the whole national economy has to be recognised. The interests and needs of farmers and foresters are represented and advocated by DBV. We articulate the interests of the rural areas, coordinate and support the associated groups in their main tasks. DBV is politically-independent. DBV is convinced that well organised farmers are the key to a sufficient and sustainable agriculture worldwide.
The DBV is an agricultural umbrella organisation. Its members are the 18 federal state farmers’ associations, where more than 90 % of the about 380.000 German farmers are voluntary associated – a degree of organisation that cannot be found elsewhere. Above 300 district organisations are a direct contact for the famers on the ground. 45 associations and institutions of the agricultural and rural sector are associated members. They are actively participating in the work of DBV thanks to this cooperation. The broad-based input provides a highly democratic bottom-up decision-making. The guidelines of our action are fixed during the annual general assembly. Theses guidelines are the fundament for the elaboration of a further strategy by the executive committee. Every four years a president is elected. Several committees of experts, discussing different agricultural topics and commodity issues provide the necessary technical information. Thanks to those versed debates, decisions in the interest of farmers and foresters can be reached.
In this context, DBV is convinced that well organised farmers are the key to a sufficient and sustainable agriculture worldwide.