Ministry of Rural Affairs (MEM)


Who are they?

The area of government of the Ministry of Rural Affairs (MEM) covers the planning and implementation of rural policy, agricultural policy, fishing industry of the fisheries policy and the trade policy of agricultural products, the organisation of ensuring food safety and compliance, the coordination of the activities related to animal health and protection and plant health and protection, the organisation of agricultural research and development as well as knowledge transfer, and the preparation of corresponding draft legislation.

MEM coordinates agricultural research, innovation, knowledge transfer and  training and other development activities, and prepares relevant drafts of legislation.

The main function of the Research and Development Department is to devise national research and development programmes within the MEM’s field of activities, organize their implementation, as well as to design and implement measures for the development of the system of advisory services, knowledge transfer, and innovation, to participate in national agricultural research and development activities, and to contribute to national research as well as  education policy.

MEM has a long experience in administrating national funding programmes and as such funding research and development projects in the food, fishery and agri-business sector.  MEM has actively participated or is participating in several FP7 ERA-NETs (e.g, CoreOrganic, SUSFOOD, EUPHRESCO, C-IPM, FACCE ERA-NET Plus Climate Smart Agriculture), as well as in the Horizon 2020 ERA NET Cofunds (SURPLUS, SusAn, SUSFOOD2, ICRAD), etc. MEM is involved in EJP One Health and EJP Soil.

MEM is representing Estonia in the Standing Committee on Agriculture Research (SCAR), The Strategic Working Group SCAR AKIS, and the ENRD permanent Subgroup on Innovation for agricultural productivity and sustainability. In addition, MEM is a member of the European Agricultural Research Initiative (EURAGRI), member of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (JPI FACCE) and JPI Oceans.


How are they involved in SUSFOOD?

MEM has been involved in SUSFOOD2 consortium from its very start, as well as a partner in the consortium of its precursor Eranet SUSFOOD. As a SUSFOOD2 consortium partner, MEM is the member of the Governing Board, member of Selection Committee and acts as the national contact point (NCP) ofSUSFOOD2 in Estonia. Currently, MEM is funding one co-funded SUSFOOD2 project – ImPrOVE.


Who is involved: Gret-Kristel Mällo