Naturland Association for Organic Agriculture

Naturland

The aim of the joint project (Development Partnership Project) of Gepa, GIZ and Naturland is to consolidate the production of organic cocoa at KONAFCOOP,  a cocoa cooperative in the South West Region in Cameroon,so that the more than 70 farmers who are already EU certified organic will convert all their fields to cocoa production according to Naturland guidelines in the future and more farmers will also be recruited for the organic programme.

The challenge is to optimise production conditions and establish a well-functioning internal control system. As part of the project, an existing handbook for organic cocoa will be revised, so that hopefully the organic pioneer KONAFCOOP will be followed by further cooperatives in the region. 

The aim of the joint project (Development Partnership Project) of Gepa, GIZ and Naturland is to consolidate the production of organic cocoa at KONAFCOOP,  a cocoa cooperative in the South West Region in Cameroon,so that the more than 70 farmers who are already EU certified organic will convert all their fields to cocoa production according to Naturland guidelines in the future and more farmers will also be recruited for the organic programme.

The challenge is to optimise production conditions and establish a well-functioning internal control system. As part of the project, an existing handbook for organic cocoa will be revised, so that hopefully the organic pioneer KONAFCOOP will be followed by further cooperatives in the region. 

 

The project started in 2014 with a conversion consultation by Naturland on site in Konye in the southwest province. Eleven farmers have been selected as model farmers. All of them are already converting to Naturland. These model farmers serve to pass on their knowledge to other farmers. Furthermore an eco-consultant was hired for the development project. She promotes the exchange among the farmers of KONAFCOOP who are interested in organic farming, so that existing local knowledge of the model farmers will also be passed on to the other cocoa farmers. It is also their task to promote and initiate new practices. She will be closely accompanied by Naturland. In order to promote organic cocoa production, it is important that farmers keep diseases and pests under control through a stable agroforestry system and the right care measures, improve soil fertility and thus achieve good cocoa yields, and that the shade trees in the cocoa parcels also yield more income or contribute to self-sufficiency.

Background:

Until now, Gepa has purchased conventional cocoa from KONAFCOOP. The conversion to organic cultivation would offer the cooperative greater sales opportunities, since Gepa wants to purchase all its cocoa from organic cultivation. From 2015 to 2016, Brot für die Welt sent a development aid worker to support the conversion to organic cocoa cultivation at KONAFCCOP. Naturland was on site for the first time in 2014 for a first conversion consultation. GIZ supports the project as part of its activities at the Green Innovation Centre in Cameroon.