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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 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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Bee mortality on a global scale: beekeeping in Mexico threatened by illegal cultivation of GMO soya – honey importers write to the Mexican president

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Gräfelfing – Global bee mortality is one of the most menacing consequences of industrial agriculture. The use of pesticides is as much a threat to the bees as is the general state of our agricultural landscapes. In Germany clearance of vast areas is occurring to an ever greater extent, leading to a drastic decline in habitat for bees and other insects.

“Generally speaking, what we need is greater organic diversity on our meadows and fields, rather than more agro-chemicals “, declares Hubert Heigl, president of Naturland, organic agricultural association, on the occasion of World Bee Day on 20th May. He added that this applies more especially in the global context, where bees and diversity are under threat from the genetic engineering of plants and the associated massive application of pesticides.


4th World Cocoa Conference in Berlin – counter-demonstration announced

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Gräfelfing/Berlin – For over five million smallholders, most of them from West Africa, cocoa is the main source of income. It is their fate which will be talked about when some 1,500 players in the cocoa industry meet between 22nd and 25th April in Berlin for the 4th World Cocoa Conference. Naturland demands that the participants in the conference take their responsibilities seriously and pass concrete resolutions in favour of the cocoa smallholders.

“Anyone wanting to end hunger, poverty and abusive child labour in the cocoa sector needs to make sure the cocoa producers earn enough to secure their existence. This can only be achieved by paying fair minimum prices and guaranteeing planning security by concluding long-term supply contracts which protect the smallholders and their families from the extreme price fluctuations on the world cocoa market,” said Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland, in the run-up to the conference.

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The 24 visitors from India, Togo, Cameroon, Malawi and Mozambique, who were part of an exposure seminar on organic agriculture and marketing, organized by GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), which will take place from April 10th to 19th in Bavaria, have at least one thing in common:  they are not only interested in Organic Farming, but also in the Naturland experience, especially since the association has been internationally active for more than 30 years.  

The participants are, in particular, project managers and partners involved in the Green Innovation Centers of the GIZ in their countries and show especial interest in organic value chains.

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As part of a project aiming at creating jobs in the organic agriculture and food industry in Egypt, the Fayoum Agro Organic Development Association (FAODA) in Egypt, the international department of the Training and Development Centres of the Bavarian Employers' Associations (bfz GmbH) and Naturland cooperated in short-term venture.

The aim of the short project was the training of multipliers of FAODA by the bfz and Naturland experts. In a two-days workshop in Egypt, Egyptian farmers, processors and exporters were trained in the principles of organic farming, composting, permitted inputs in organic farming, internal control systems for small farmers' organisations and the importance and requirements for fair trade certification.