Factsheet: GAK Joint Task on Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection

GAK Joint Task on Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Joint Task on Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
GAK Gemeinschaftsaufgabe Agrarstruktur und Küstenschutz
Description: 
In Germany, the Joint Task for the Improvement of Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection (GAK) is an essential element of the National Strategy for the Development of Rural Areas and constitutes the thematic and financial core of many Länder programmes. Financial support within the framework of the Joint Task is aimed at making the agricultural and forestry sectors efficient, competitive and oriented towards future challenges, while safeguarding the vitality of rural areas and improving coastal protection. It is the most important national support instrument for agriculture, coastal protection and rural areas. The GAK contains a broad range of agristructural and infrastructural measures. Through the scheme, more than EUR 600 million of federal funds alone are made available for the development of agriculture and rural areas every year. Together with the Länder funds, the total resources of the GAK amount to more than EUR 1 billion a year. Added to this is funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in the order of nearly EUR 1.2 billion alongside additional funding from the Länder and municipalities.
Goal/Aim: 
Support development of agriculture and rural areas

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1973
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2014