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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 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.

 

verdoerrte ErdeThe threat of global climate change causing negative impact on agricultural systems worldwide has long been discussed. Changes in the key climatic variables rainfall and temperature are said to have the potential to affect agricultural production and food security both globally and locally. Of course the effects of changes in climate on crop yields are likely to vary greatly from region to region, and large and far-reaching effects are predominantly expected in tropical zones of the developing world. Expected hazards include increased flooding, greater frequency and severity of droughts and excessive heat conditions, all of which can limit crop growth and yields severely.

However also German farmers are worried by eytreme weather events. Rainer Vogel, Naturland farmer from Nidderau in Hesse, in the middle of Germany reports the driest spring in the Wetterau region since the beginning of weather records. Combined with the hot July this weather causes harvests, depending on the soil quality and soil compaction, to vary between good average to total failure. One more reason for organic farmers to take even more care for their soils.