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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 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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E SDG logo No UN Emblem square rgb1The adoption of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development by the member states of the United Nations on 25th September three years ago marked the start of an ambitious plan of action to safeguard the future of the planet. The key elements of the agenda are the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The new International Fair Trade Charter was published on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Cosatin kleinHow Naturland farmers are meeting the challenges of climate change

Naturland was pleased to welcome Maribel Rosales Soto, the manager of Cosatin – Tierra Nueva, a Naturland coffee co-operative, and Esmeralda Martinez, a Naturland farmer, to its head offices in Gräfelfing on 17th September. These two guests from Nicaragua had been invited by dwp -die Weltpartner, a Naturland Fair partner, to report on the many decades of the co-operative’s successful work, the importance of organic coffee production and on the threat climate change is posing to their livelihood.

GIC kleinOn September 13th, a group of 25 international postgraduate students participated in a half-day seminar at the headquarters of Naturland in Gräfelfing in the context of the course „Food chains in agriculture” at the University of Applied sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf. The event took place with a delegation composed of 10 women and 15 men from the countries of Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Togo and Tunisia. Around half of the participants work at training institutions in their home countries, and the other half were present in the context of the Green Innovation Centers programme.

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With 162 liters per capita, coffee consumption in Germany is high. However, small farmers who produce most of the world's coffee often do not benefit from it. Fair trade aims to improve people's living conditions at the beginning of the supply chain and prevent exploitation and environmental degradation.

Therefore, the Forum Fairer Handel (Naturland beeing one its eight members) and TransFair welcome the initiative of Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller to exempt fair coffee from the coffee tax. The idea of promoting fair coffee consumption through tax incentives is not new. However, it gained political relevance in early April 2018 through an initiative by German Development Minister Gerd Müller.