Agriculture and food
The most important societal role of Norwegian agriculture is to ensure the sufficient provision of a variety of wholesome food. Agriculture is also important in that it helps maintain a decentralised population and employment opportunities throughout Norway, as well as bringing about environmental benefits through the preservation of biodiversity and the Norwegian cultural landscape. Agriculture also makes use of the capacity of the soil and trees for carbon storage. Agriculture is also important for ensuring that traditional knowledge and culture are passed on to new generations.
- providing advice and assistance to municipalities
- supervising municipal activities
- processing appeals against municipal decisions relating to agricultural legislation
- working together with other regional agencies and organisations to promote the development of the agricultural and forestry sectors
- endeavouring to achieve national goals for conversion to organic status
- endeavouring to limit the abandonment of farmland or land that has potential for farming or forestry activities.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food
- The Norwegian Agricultural Authority (NAA)
- Innovation Norway
- The Norwegian Food Safety Authority