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Naturland

Welcome to Naturland

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 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 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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Increasing the efficiency and competitiveness of organic crop breeding

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The project ECOBREED will improve the availability of seed and varieties suitable for organic and low- input production. Activities will focus on four crop species, selected for their potential contribution to increase competitiveness of the organic sector, i.e. common wheat, potato, soybean and common buckwheat. The project will develop:

• methods, strategies and infrastructures for organic breeding
• varieties with improved stress resistance, resource use efficiency and quality
• improved methods for the production of high quality organic seed.

The project focuses on four cultural species, which play an important role in organic agriculture: Wheat (soft and durum wheat), potatoes, soya beans and buckwheat.
During the project, genetic material suitable for organic farming will be identified and propagated. This material will then be subjected to a detailed phenotypic analysis to identify combinations of traits suited to organic and low-input production environment including high nutrient use efficiency and weed competitiveness/allelopathy. This will lead to the development of improved organic strains in terms of nutritional quality, agronomy and stress tolerance.

Strengthening the competitiveness of European organic fruit producers

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With the kick-off meeting held from 16th to 17th December 2019 in Hamburg, the project BIOFRUITNET has officially been  launched. Focusing on organic pome, stone and citrus fruits, this projects aims to strengthen the competitiveness of European organic fruit production.

Although the European Union is the world leader in organic fruit production, organic fruit imports into the EU are increasing. This happens because certain varieties cannot be grown, are seasonally unavailable or cannot meet EU demand. European organic fruit producers must rise to this challenge if they intend to remain successful in an increasingly competitive market. Therefore, the sector needs a strong network for organic fruit production that fills this gap and makes local solutions available to other fruit producers.

Inspector training and regional assembly of Naturland producers

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Naturland held two events in Mexico in November and December this year, both focusing on different aspects of quality assurance. Naturland has been active in Mexico since the 1990s. Today some 3,200 Naturland farmers are cultivating coffee, chia and oranges as well as agave and some 45,000 bee colonies are certified to the Naturland standards.

The regional meeting of the Naturland members in Chiapas took place in San Cristóbal de las Casas on December 2nd. One of the main topics of the meeting was the importance of diversification in coffee cultivation. Peter Gänz (Naturland) highlighted the requirements of the Naturland standards for the diversification of shade trees. The 15 representatives of various smallholder cooperatives from the Chiapas region confirmed the advantages of diversified coffee cultivation in terms of increased biodiversity, reduced disease pressure, improved climate adaptation and positive fertilisation effects. Naturland will again offer workshops on the production of home-made organic liquid fertilisers in the coming year.

Naturland World Advisory Board addresses EU Commission

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Naturland faces with great concern the proposals of the EU-Commission for group certification. The EU commission proposed two implementing rules in September this year that are seriously affecting the current practice of smallholder certification in the South. The rules proposed concern the legal status of the producer groups as well as the size of the groups. Naturland demands that group organised by processors as well as exporters should be continued to be recognized as a legal entity and setting a rigid limit of the size of a producer will not necessarily contribute to quality. Naturland currently works with over 60, 000 farmers that are certified in 120 producer groups through the system of group certification according to the EU organics regulation. Most of the producer groups in Latin America, Africa and Asia are producing coffee, coco products, tropical fruits, spices, tea, and cocoa for the export to Germany and Europe.