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Naturland

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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 54,000 farmers in 52 countries manage an area of some 400,000 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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Mexican delegation seeks supporters in Germany – visit to Naturland

Maya Imkerinnen 250Gräfelfing – The illegal cultivation of GM soya beans in Mexico poses a threat to the livelihood of the indigenous Mayan beekeepers on the Yucatan peninsula. One of the risks created by the increasing expansion of soya bean fields is to the honey production of the Mayans. Almost half of the Mexican honey produced for export is destined for Germany where per capita consumption of honey is the highest in the world.

On Wednesday (27th September) a delegation of Mayan beekeepers paid a visit to the head offices of Naturland in Gräfelfing, Germany, to report on their arduous struggle. Manfred Fürst, head of the International Department at Naturland promised the Mexican guests the association’s continued support.

Faire Woche 2017 from 15th to 29th September

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This year’s Faire Woche (15th – 29th September) is being launched this Friday under the banner “Fair Trade Creates Prospects”. Throughout Germany over 2,000 events will be taking place to make fair trade a hands-on experience. A highlight of the Faire Woche is the visits of producers, many of whom are Naturland farmers who report on their work and their experiences with fair trade.

For Naturland, organic agriculture and fair trade are inextricably linked. “Organic agriculture is both environmentally friendly and healthy, which makes it equally fair to human beings, animals and nature,“ says Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland, a German organic association, with reference to the Faire Woche. Organic agriculture enables smallholders in the global south in particular to stay independent of expensive agricultural chemicals. Besides this, fair trade ensures that they can earn a living with their work.

Naturland contributes organic expertise to development co-operation

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Naturland welcomes the clear commitment of Dr. Gerd Müller, Germany’s minister of development, to organic agriculture. “Organic and socially orientated agriculture is key to combating global environmental problems, hunger and poverty. It is a good thing that the conclusions drawn in the global report “Agriculture at a Crossroads“of 2008 should be allowed to shape future development policies of the German federal government,” says Steffen Reese, general manager of the Naturland association in Gräfelfing.

Reese was responding to the announcement made by Gerd Müller, Germany’s minister of development, that the innovative methods employed in organic agriculture are to be considered for a major role in future development policies.

Besuch GIC klein On Tuesday 27th July, Naturland hosted a group of 25 representatives, managers and partners involved in the Green Innovation Centres. These centres intend to raise the income of farmers and to foster employment by promoting food processing and adding value in producer countries, thereby contributing to food security. They promote the introduction and spread of innovations along various value chains – from the field to the plate.

This visit was part of an exposure seminar on organic agriculture and fair trade organised by the GIZ (German agency for International Cooperation). The participants, in particular were project managers and partners involved in the Green Innovation Centres, with a special interest in organic value chains. They came from Togo, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Ghana, Benin and Malawi.