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.
On a global scale, over 53,000 Naturland farmers are cultivating an area of over 180,000 hectares.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Our BioFach 2012 in 3 minutes
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.
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.
Organic and social standards combined
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.
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?”
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.