Naturland farmers and processors have been ground-breaking global pioneers for over 30 years. The world’s first ever conversion to organic agriculture of tea gardens in Sri Lanka and India in the 1980s was the prelude to our successful work on an international scale. Currently 38,000 farmers in 44 countries manage an area of some 320,000 hectares according to the Naturland standards. To Naturland, organic agriculture means combining tradition with modern practices and experience with the courage to adopt new approaches.
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Helping to restore agriculture after the hurricane – BNN and Naturland open a special account for donations
Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been hard hit by Hurricane Matthew. At the moment top priority is being given to disaster relief to ensure that the minimum requirements of those affected are met directly. However, it is at the same time already necessary to think about the next sowing season so that Haitian farmers do not remain dependent on food aid long term.
To this end, BNN (German Association of Organic Processors, Wholesalers and Retailers) and Naturland have opened a special account for donations so that Haiti and its citizens can receive assistance over and above that of immediate disaster aid, assistance which this battered country is now in urgent need of.
Naturland on the occasion of World Food Day on 16th October
On the occasion of World Food Day on 16th October, Naturland is calling attention to how important smallholders are to food security. This claim is backed up by the Global Hunger Index for 2016 just recently published which emphasised the importance of making sustainable increases in smallholders’ productivity. One important prerequisite to do so is free access to seed, and a diversity of varieties. However, once Bayer has taken over Monsanto, exactly the opposite will be the case.
“The power of seed and pesticide groups today poses a threat to the genetic foundation of our food“, warns Hans Hohenester, organic farmer and chairman of the Naturland board of directors. A wide genetic spectrum is important for crops, because it enables them to adapt to fluctuations in environmental conditions. This is exactly what is called for in the sustainability objectives to which Germany has committed itself.
Naturland on International Coffee Day, 1st October
1st October is International Coffee Day. Coffee is far and away the most popular beverage in Germany. Here, consumption per capita last year was 162 litres. Consumers make high demands how their coffee is prepared, but it is also worth taking a look at how it is cultivated. Some ten million hectares in 70 countries throughout the world are devoted to coffee, and the way it is grown varies widely.
“Naturland coffee is cultivated using cultivation methods appropriate to their geographical location and under shade trees, thus making a genuine contribution towards the environment and the climate,“ says Hans Hohenester, the chairman of Naturland’s board of directors, on the occasion of International Coffee Day.
From the home of the potato to the Scharlhof farm in Röhrmoos, Bavaria: on Monday, 26th September, 2016, two representatives of Agropia, a Peruvian Naturland smallholders’ co-operative, paid a visit to Arthur Stein, a Naturland farmer, on his farm in Röhrmoos in Upper Bavaria. “The aim of Naturland farmers the world over is to work in harmony with nature, to provide people with top quality organic foodstuffs and to maintain a healthy basis of existence for future generations,” says Stein in his words of welcome to his two Peruvian colleagues.
Durante el recorrido los agricultores intercambiaron ideas acerca de la práctica del cultivo de la patata orgánica en este país y en los Andes peruanos.