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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 43,000 farmers in 46 countries manage an area of some 330,000 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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Naturland on World Food Day, 16th October

Green Net Michael Commons 250 In order to alleviate the world-wide food crisis, it is imperative that smallholders in affected regions be given all the support they need. 795 million people are currently suffering from hunger. On the occasion of World Food Day on 16th October, Naturland therefore calls for a global change of agricultural policy.

In the words of Hans Hohenester, chairman of the board of directors of Naturland, “We must take up arms to combat hunger on a local level, right there along with the farmers. They must be helped to adopt organic farming so that they can increase their agriculture yield in a sustainable manner and to guarantee them local food sovereignty.”

IFOAM Apiculture Forum established – World Conference 2016 in Argentina

IFOAM 250 166The importance of honeybees to agriculture and thus to human survival is well known. Nevertheless, the honeybee as a species is in danger of extinction but we still have time to prevent this. In order to encourage organic beekeeping and contribute to saving the honeybee, IFOAM –Organics International has therefore established an Apiculture Forum.

The new forum pools the interests and experiences of beekeepers, traditional honey collectors, farmers, civil society and other organizations involved with bees and organic beekeeping. Its establishment is the result of a joint initiative by IFOAM – Organics International, Naturland (Association of Organic Agriculture), FiBL (Research Institute of organic Agriculture), Coopsol (an Argentinian beekeeping co-operative), ECOSUR (a Mexican research institute for sustainable development), Demeter (Association for bio-dynamic agriculture) and APICON (a beekeeping consultancy).

Gruppenfoto 250 166On September 25th, Teresa T. Gumban from the Philippine Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC) visited Naturland. She was accompanied by Martin Lang, representative of the fair trade association dwp. Teresa T. Gumban had been invited by the general manager of Naturland Steffen Reese who had visited PFTC on the occasion of the inauguration of their new sugar mill in April 2015.

Sugar cane is an important source of income for many families in the Philippines and is processed among others to the delicious Mascobado sugar.

NNInt I 2015 3Volume I of Naturland News International 2015 is online! Matching the UN declaration of the International Year of Soils, the focus of this issue is on soil, a finite resource. For decades now, Naturland farmers have been calling attention to how urgent the matter of soil protection is. It is high time to take action. It is especially now time to create and improve the general political conditions required to encourage the adoption of organic agriculture throughout the world. On twenty pages you will get facts and figures about our soils and news about Naturland and its partner organizations.