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Table 2 Responsible/influential agencies in sheep governance and management

From: Trade-offs in pastoral governance in Norway: Challenges for biodiversity and adaptation

Level Responsible agency Areas of responsibility
International Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) • Guidelines for responsible animal husbandry
• Support members to ensure that people have access to enough high-quality food
State Ministry of Agriculture and Food • Policy development
• Annual agricultural settlement
Norwegian Agricultural Authority • Executive work
Norwegian Food Safety Authority • Inspection on husbandry and transport
Norturaa • Market regulation
Regional Agricultural division, Regional County Principal • Advisor for the Municipalities
• Regulatory agency
• Collaborate with other regional services and organizations for industrial development
Local Agricultural office, Municipality • Managing internal affairs
• Deciding on land-use plans
• Facilitate farmers
Farming household • Practical management
• Participate in organizations, boards and meetings
  1. aNortura is the main Norwegian agricultural cooperative that operates slaughterhouses and processing plants related to meat and eggs (Nortura’s webpage: