Organic agriculture throughout the world

Naturland is active the world over in promoting organic agriculture. Its members are farmers who produce a wide range of valuable products: coffee from Mexico and Peru, olive oil from Greece, tea from the slopes of India’s mountains, pineapple and other tropical fruit from Uganda, spices from Sri Lanka. Organic agriculture safeguards the existence of smallholders and helps with the sustainable management of what are often fragile ecosystems.

Naturland and its partners at the BioFach 2015: new fair trade partners and Fish Forum

Gräfelfing/Nuremberg – “Naturland – mover and shaker. At home and abroad.” This was the Naturland slogan at the BioFach 2015 in Nuremberg. It makes a clear statement about the role Naturland is playing as a force for innovation in the organic industry. Whatever the area, from the certification of the first organic coffee co-operative, to the development of organic aquaculture and the establishment of links between organic and fair trade in the north and south: Naturland is a trail-blazing pioneer, inspiring others to push their own innovative boundaries.

At the joint Naturland booth in pavilion 6, close to 60 German and international partners and guests exemplified how Naturland continues to move and shake the organic sector. A good further 100 Naturland partners were also exhibiting in other trade fair pavilions. A total of 15 of the partners participated on the joint stand are certified to the Naturland fair trade standards, “Naturland Fair”. The successful development of the “Naturland Fair” concept is an example of the Naturland continuing concept of innovation.

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Rich in life, rich in diversity – 2015 is the Year of Soils

The soil is life. (Source: FiBL/Thomas Alföldi)

Healthy soils are the key to food security. They protect our climate and water and are the habitat of one quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. Their significance is to be spotlighted in 2015 by the UNO which has declared it the International Year of Soils. Since preservation of the soil, a resource essential to life itself, has always been the core principle of organic agriculture, professional specialists of Naturland offer regular training to become a “soil practician”. In 2015, the Naturland farmers will again be given opportunities to refresh and extend their knowledge about the soil and how best to care for it. The kick-off starts at the International Green Week in Berlin in January at the Naturland activities area where everything centres on the topic of soil.

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Dec 2014: Naturland News International

Volume II of Naturland News International 2014 is online! Read on sixteen pages the news of Naturland and its partner organizations:

The December 2014 issue includes the following topics:

  • Naturland takes part in innovative research projects
  • A delegation from Kenya pays a visit to Naturland
  • 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Istanbul
  • Protest against patenting seeds
  • Make the ban on cultivating GMOs applicable across borders!
  • “The Farmer and His Prince”
  • Many steps on the way to “Naturland Fair” cocoa
  • Cocoa Manual – 30 pages on cocoa cultivation
  • Naturland member wins a prize for sustainability
  • Naturland co-operative COOPROAGRO produces organic, fair trade cocoa


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International Green Week 2015

Live to see Naturland at the International Green Week Berlin, the world's biggest exhibition for food, agriculture and gardening. Within the agricultural area you will find Naturland. We look forward to your visit.

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New information for producers

Coffee rust was first discovered in 1868 on cultivated coffee trees in Sri Lanka. This disease is caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix. Still today coffee rust leads to huge crop failures.

Here we provide some background information and strategies to combat coffee rust in organic coffee cultivation.

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New information for producers

Cocoa Manual – 30 pages on cocoa cultivation

The production of organically cultivated cocoa is increasingly gaining in importance. A clear indication of this is the amount of produce certified to the Naturland standards, which increased from 400 tons in 2003 to 7,000 tons in 2010. We are pleased at this development and have written a manual all about the organic cultivation of cocoa.

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International organic movement holds its 18th world congress in Istanbul

IFOAM President Andre Leu interviewed by Naturland general manager, Steffen Reese, about the congress an the revision of the EU Regulation on Organic Farming

The organic movement is international: nowhere was this so evident as at the IFOAM Organic World Congress. This, the most important international meeting of members of the organic sector, takes place every three years. The venue for 2014 was Istanbul.

For three days, from 13th to 15th October, experts from around 40 countries met in this metropolis on the banks of the Bosporus. Under the motto "Building Organic Bridges", they exchanged experiences and discussed the future of the organic movement. Immediately succeeding on the World Congress, the IFOAM General Assembly took place, on 16th and 17th October. The main item on the agenda was the election of the new World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Andre Leu, an Australian, was re-elected as president of IFOAM World for a further term of three years.

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Delegation of Kenya visited Naturland

Delegation of Kenya visited Naturland

A delegation of various environmental ministers from Kenya visited at the invitation of the Society for International Cooperation - GIZ various food producers, processors and companies in the agricultural sector in Germany. The interest of the delegation with the Kenyan Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries was paid to the sustainable use of natural resources. The visit of the Naturland office in Gräfelfing on 14 October 2014 was an important item of the delegation´s trip.  The focus of the four-hour visit to Naturland was...

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Controlling Malaria and protecting livelihoods of farmers

DDT was formerly hailed as saviors without any hesitation (Photo: Los Angeles Times)

Still DDT is used, altough there are reasonable alternatives.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT, as it is commonly known, is an insecticide that has been widely used in malaria control programmes since the 1940’s. Although it was initially successful and continues to be used in current programmes, many malaria transferential insects are now resistant against DDT. The extremely harmful effects of the insecticide on the environment and human health are also well documented. The use of DDT not only affects the health of people and the environment but also reduces farmer income and negatively impacts their livelihoods. Luckily however, alternatives to chemical controls of malaria vectors are emerging. Most notable is the development of an approach known as ‘Integrated Vector Management’ (IVM).

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June 2014: Naturland News International

Volume I of Naturland News International 2014 is online! Read on twentfour pages the news of Naturland and its partner organizations:

The June 2014 issue includes the following topics:

  • IGW – Naturland at the world largest food and agricultural trade fair
  • Naturland presents comprehensive organic data bank
  • “Fair comes close – worldwide” at the BioFach 2014
  • Meat Atlas 2014 – facts and figures about the animals we eat
  • LOA meets at international Naturland member
  • We are grieving for Romeo Robles Capalla
  • TTIP - That’s not what we would call partnership!
  • Wake up! – The United Nations calls for a rethinking of Agriculture
  • International delegates visiting in Germany
  • Coffee rust – background and strategies
  • Sustainable coffee growing in times of changing climate
  • Maple syrup certified by Naturland
  • Controlling Malaria and protecting livelihoods of farmers
  • Naturland Rooibos Tea and Honeybush Tea from South Africa
  • Chia – super-seed in Naturland quality
  • Preserve world of values and drive innovation - Interview with Fritz und Felix Bläuel


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International delegates visiting in Germany

The newly or re-elected international delegates Frauke Weissang, Dr. Mathew Hubby and Edward Mulondo met in Gräfelfing for the first time. Throughout the Naturland Assembly of Delegates on 15th May, they exchanged views on the current situations and challenges in their countries and represented their regions in front of the Assembly. In this most important Naturland committee, they stand for the international interests of Naturland and more specifically embody Africa, Asia and European countries abroad from Germany.

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Chia – a come-back for this Mexican super-seed in Naturland quality

Chia-farmers from Jalisco

The seeds of the chia plant (Salvia hispanica) were already held in high esteem by the Mayans and Aztecs. These ancient Indian civilisations believed that chia would endow them with supernatural powers and help them conquer their foes. Messengers consumed chia to increase their energy. This natural food supplement does indeed enhance strength and stamina, the metabolism and digestion, regulates the blood glucose level and increases awareness.

At the BioFach the Naturland certificate was presented.

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Meat Atlas 2014 - Facts and figures about the animals we eat

With 58 million butchered pigs Germany is the “European champion” in butchering of pigs. Worldwide more than 1,383 billion pigs, 58,110 million chicken and 517 million sheep are slaughtered. In the USA over 42 million animals are slaughtered every week.
The Production of meat is industrialized, which causes undesirable side effects: food scandals, misuse of antibiotics and hormone residues in meat, harm to the environment.

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Wake up before it is too late – The United Nations calls for a rethinking of Agriculture

“Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate”: under this headline UNCTAD released its Trade and Environment Review 2013 in September last year. The first announcement in Germany was at the conference „Auf die Kleinen kommt es an!“ from Naturland and the German National Association of Woldshops (Weltladen-Dachverband). The report is a result of the new challenges and issues on international agriculture policy and food security emerging after the food crisis in 2008.

In order to compile a comprehensive analysis on those challenges and issues the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD – gathered over 60 international experts for this report.

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Naturland at the BioFach 2014

From the 12th to 15 February 2014 the organic industry meets to introduce new products and showcase proven in Nuremberg. Naturland presents with 50 partners in Hall 6 a tasteful diversity of organic products.

 Naturland at the BioFach 2014

Naturland presents compendium about the European organic sector on the International Green Week in Berlin

The compendium "Organic agriculture in Europe – prospects and developments" affords accurate and comprehensive facts to the current situation of the organic sector and about the political parameters in Europe. It contains data about the current status and development of organic cropland, firms, market and trade. The book is an indispensable source of information for those, who deal with issues of organic farming in Europe.

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"We are fed up!": 30,000 demonstrate in Berlin for a genuine turnaround in agricultural policy

Demand for a clear-cut "No!" to genetic engineering

Berlin - During the International Green Week Berlin, 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets to protest against genetic engineering and to campaign for a genuine turnaround in agricultural policy. At the demonstrate, which can be translated with "We are fed up!",they were demanding a change of direction towards an agricultural policy which lives up to its responsibility towards consumers and farmers, animals, the environment and the climate in equal measure. This was the clear message propounded by numerous speakers from various organisations at the initial rally on the Saturday at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. Among the speakers was Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, chairman of the board of BÖLW (German Federation of the Organic Food Industry) and a member of Naturland's board of directors.

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Naturland representative about the situation in Egypt

Current events in Egypt are cause for global concern. For weeks now reports of violent clashes between supporters of Mursi, the deposed president, with the police and military forces, have made new headlines. There have been demonstrations not only in Cairo but in some other towns too, both in the Nile Delta and in the Faiyum Governerate on the Upper Nile, which is known as the Egyptian market garden of medicinal herbs. At the moment things have calmed down somewhat, but the situation is still precarious, says Nabil Hegazi, professor (emeritus) of microbiology and Naturland representative in Egypt. From his base in Cairo, Professor Hegazi maintains contact with the various farms in Egypt which are partners of Naturland, most of them cultivating herbal teas, onions and garlic for export.

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Naturland Rooibos Tea and Honeybush Tea from South Africa

Rooibos tea and honeybush are popular drinks in South Africa, the home of both these plants. Whether they are drunk hot or cold,  with or without milk, the domestic market is an important distribution channel for these teas. However, a lot of rooibos tea is drunk in Europe too, and honeybush is gradually becoming better known.

In Germany, which is Europe's prime market for organic products, top quality organic teas are available under the Naturland logo. In South Africa, organic produce is gaining in importance.

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New information for producers

The Naturland International Department has released three new manuals for  producers. The manuals describe in an easy way the preparation of various organic fertilizers.

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dwp - 25 Years of Fair Trade in Ravensburg

This particular anniversary of Fairhandels-Genossenschaft dwp e.G., a co-operative which has been distributing fair trade products for 25 years now, was great cause for celebration. Dwp, which has been a partner of Naturland for many years now, with some 15 years of close co-operation, issued an invitation to attend its birthday party at the co-operative's head quarters in Ravensburg. Here over 2,000 visitors were met with a broad spectrum of information, fair trade products and entertainment.

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World Advisory Board meets in Graefelfing

As part of the Assembly of Delegates of the Naturland - Association for Organic Agriculture the World Advisory Board came together from 13 - 15 May. Together with the staff of the International Department, they exchanged views on the current situation of organic agriculture in the countries, discussed problems and tasks and discussed the topics of the Assembly of Delegates.

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Naturland welcomes the Leading Organic Alliance to Munich

From 6th to 8th May, 2013, Naturland was host to the Leading Organic Alliance (LOA), an organisation uniting the leading European organic associations and certifiers. The main emphasis of their networking activities is on concrete aspects of sustainability, quality assurance topics and the exchange of information between task forces.

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BioFach 2013

From the 13th to the 16th of February 2013 the international organic sector met in Nuremberg. Over 50 Naturland partners will present a variety of their product range in Hall 6. At this BioFach Naturland was celebrating its 30th anniversary 

Further information on the fair presentation of Naturland is available  here.

Naturland demands a shift in global agricultural policy

Thai rice growers campaign for small-scale farming during a visit to Germany

"Organic agriculture, when combined with fair trade criteria, offers many farmers and smallholders a secure income, a profit margin for investments, and long-term prospects," said Mrs. Tanruang Boonjira, chief executive of Green Net, a Thai co-operative, during a visit to the ZLF, the Bavarian central agricultural fair held recently in Munich.
This corroborates the conclusion made in the IAASTD report of 2008...

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Our BioFach 2012 in 3 minutes

Shortfilm "BioFach 2012 impressions" (3 Min.)

As every year also 2012 the BioFach was a very special challenge for Naturland. Enjoy watching the three entertaining minutes and get some of the many interesting exhibition-impressions.

 Shortfilm "BioFach 2012 impressions" (3 minutes)

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Naturland Fair

Organic. Social. Fair. - Certification from one source

Naturland established new norms in 2005 with its social standards. Now its assembly of delegates has erected a third pillar of sustainability to provide added support to our organic association’s holistic concept: As of now, German and international partners can apply for certifi cation to Naturland fair trade standards in the course of their annual organic inspection, which will save them both time and money.

 Brochure Organic. Social. Fair - Trading Values for those who care! (pdf-file, 1.6 MB)

 One year Naturland Fair - read more in the Naturland Fair news 2011

 Read more about this topic in the Naturland Fair News 2010

 press release february 2010

 Naturland Fair Trade Standards

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Organic and social standards combined

Naturland social standards workshop in Bolivia
Naturland social standards workshop in Bolivia

Naturland’s social standards came into force with the inspection period 2005. The social treatment of employees and the working conditions under which organic foodstuffs, textiles and cosmetic products are cultivated and processed are scrutinised as part of the organic certification procedure.The social standards list detailed requirements applicable to working conditions and the social welfare of employees. Special emphasis is placed on health and safety on the job. The standards also make clear specifications on the work done by children. For millions of children, it is quite normal to hold down a job. Naturland cannot abolish this, but it can establish a framework which excludes exploitative forms of child labour, ensuring that the children can attend school and that the work does not impair their physical and spiritual development.

 Naturland standards on social responsibility

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Lobby work

Rooibos harvest of Heiveld, a small farmers’ organisation in South Africa

Over 90% of Naturland’s members abroad are smallholders who are members of co-operatives.

In its capacity as an organic farmers’ association, Naturland champions the interests of smallholders on the national and international committees on which it is represented. It is working in co-operation with IFOAM, development and fair trade organisations, and Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (an association of German environmental and development NGOs), to try to improve the opportunities available to smallholders throughout the world. You can find details of how organic agriculture further benefits smallholders under “ Organic Agriculture – Can It Help to Reduce Poverty?”

 Organic Farming– A Contribution to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries? (pdf-file, 543 KB)

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Facilitating market access

Naturland is the proprietor of the Naturland trademark. The trademark is protected both in Germany and internationally – a hallmark of quality which enhances its high reputation with the consumer. Naturland is one of the major certification organisations for organic produce in the world.

The company Naturland Zeichen GmbH is responsible for granting the right to use the Naturland trademark, on behalf of the Naturland Association. One of the functions of Naturland Zeichen GmbH is to present the Naturland trademark in Germany and abroad. One of its most important activities is to arrange visits to international trade fairs. In this way Naturland can establish useful contacts for the benefit of its members.

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South America, South Asia, Naturland Fair

Manfred Fürst

Fon: +49 (0) 89-89 80 82-86



Europe, Sustainability

Alexander Koch

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Africa, Philippines, Naturland Fair

Friedrun Sachs

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Central- and North America, Caribbean, Western-, Central- and East Asia

Peter Gänz

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Organic Farming– A Contribution to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries? (pdf-file, 543 KB)

  Read more about this topic in the Naturland Fair News  2010

 Naturland Fair News 2011

 press release february 2010

 Naturland Fair Trade Standards