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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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Naturland partner in Palestine honoured for his visionary entrepreneurship – award ceremony on 8th September

Nasser Abufarha Nasser Abufarha, the director of Canaan Fair Trade, a Naturland Fair partner in Palestine, is one of the five winners of the One World Award 2017. He is being honoured for his pioneering work in the fields of organic agriculture and fair trade in the Middle East.

“We are delighted that Nasser Abufarha has been recognised with this prestigious award. His work in Palestine is an authentic and innovative example of how farmers can benefit from combining organic with fair trade,” says Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland on Monday on the occasion of the official announcement of the prize-winners.

2014 IntDel web EinleitungsbildThe newly elected international delegates are Ms. Frauke Weissang, Mr. Jan Bernhard, Dr. Mathew Hubby and Mr. Edward Mulondo. All of them have accepted their election and will represent the international members of Naturland for the next four years, term 2017 until 2020.

Naturland is an international association of organic farmers. The assembly of delegates, its highest decision making body, is therefore composed of both German and international farmers. According to the Naturland Statutes and number of international Naturland members four international delegates were to be elected.

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Organic aquaculture is taking on an increasingly important role in Vietnam. Besides the consistent growth in demand in Europe for organic seafood, another major reason for this development is the interest of the Vietnamese consumers themselves in clean and healthy products. This attitude also benefits organic agriculture in this south-east Asian country.

In light of this, Naturland was co-operating with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and with German and Dutch development organisations in running a workshop on the development of the organic sector in Vietnam, the focus being on organic aquaculture.

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AWARE: International Workshop on Animal Welfare Inspection in Organic Agriculture

Better animal welfare as a result of responsible, proper animal husbandry: this has been one of the cornerstones of organic agriculture since the very start. For all that, checking on animal welfare has so far not been part of the organic inspection prescribed in the EU regulation. The objective of the AWARE project, which is financed by the European Union, is therefore to develop a pan-European inspection concept for criteria applicable to each animal species and make it available to the organic inspection bodies.

In an international project seminar on animal welfare held in Bristol, UK, on 14th/15th March, 2017, the partners in the project arrived at a joint agreement on the criteria to be applied to each species and on inspection concepts for various breeds of livestock which can be implemented throughout Europe.