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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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IFOAM 250x166Peggy Miars has been elected the new president of IFOAM. On the 12th and 13th November 2017, subsequent to the Organic World Congress (OWC) in India, the members of IFOAM - Organics International gathered at their triannual general assembly. As part of the assembly a new president as well as a new World Board for the next three years have been elected.

The Executive Board, led by the new president Peggy Miars, who is succeeding the former president Andre Leu, will be supported by the new vice-presidents Jennifer Chang and Frank Eyhorn. The new IFOAM - Organics International World Board is established by the following members (from left to right): Edith Van Walsum, Netherlands; Karen Mapusua, Fiji; Peggy Miars, USA; Hans Herren, Switzerland; Julia Lernoud, Argentinia; Frank Eyhorn, Switzerland; Choitresh Kumar Ganguly, India; Jennifer Chang, South Korea; David Amudavi, Kenia; Gerold Rahmann, Germany.

LogoOWCThe Organic World Congress (OWC) is the global forum for organic farming and organic agriculture. The grand event takes place from 9-11 November 2017 at the India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, National Capital Region, India. Naturland is actively involved in several congress tracks.
The central task of this year's OWC is to contribute to strengthening the Indian and global eco-agriculture movement and to steer India's agricultural policy decisively and irrevocably toward organic farming. The motto of this year's congress is "An Organic World through Organic India".

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.