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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 43,000 farmers in 46 countries manage an area of some 330,000 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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In April a network of various European organic associations, inspection bodies and certifiers (Leading Organic Alliance, working group on social accountability) met in Sant’Onofrio, Calabria, to work jointly on the topic of social standards and social audits.

The meeting was part of what has become a two-year long working process on this subject. Naturland is contributing with now over ten years of experience in checking for conformity to social criteria.

Naturland honey is produced not only in Germany but also by Naturland beekeepers in Mexico, Nicaragua and Romania. Since the beekeepers in Germany only satisfy 20% of its domestic consumption, the majority of German demand is met by imports of honey.

Itunuvico, a co-operative in Mexico, is this year exporting Naturland honey for the first time. Because of the great demand for organic honey, Naturland is expecting a further increase in the number of beekeepers abroad.

Oikocredit and Naturland issued an invitation to a joint reception to be held on the evening of 10th February, 2016, in the Literaturhaus in Nuremberg, Germany. They were taking the opportunity afforded by the BioFach trade fair which attracts many partners of Naturland and Oikocredit to Nuremberg from all parts of the world.

The event was the most recent in a series, because Naturland had already arranged such joint meetings in prior years during the BioFach. However, the purpose of this year’s joint event with Oikocredit was to allow an exchange of information between the partner organisations of both these organisations and to consolidate existing relationships.

Representative of Philippine sugar cane organisation Alter Trade Corporation visits Naturland headquarters

On 22nd February, Elizabeth C. Mondejar, marketing and sales manager of Alter Trade Corporation (ATC) in the Philippines, visited the head office of the Naturland Association in Gräfelfing, Germany. Ms Mondejar was warmly welcomed by Steffen Reese, the general manager of Naturland, and Friedrun Sachs, International Dept. Alter Trade Corporation and Naturland are looking back on more than 20 years of successful cooperation.

The first contact was initiated in early 1990s through GEPA, the fair trade company. Naturland accompanied ATC in the conversion to organic agriculture, and after the successful Naturland certification in 1997, GEPA launched the first organic Mascobado sugar on the German market.