Naturland producers all over the world practice organic farming. Since knowledge is a key success factor in this business it is in our interest to share and increase our producers’ knowledge of organic farming methods and management. Find inspiration in our collection of technical information ranging from beekeeping and specific cultivation guidelines to management of internal control systems and water resources.
Agroforestry systems are brilliant all-rounders. They create benefits for both the environment and people. Naturland farmers practice agroforestry by cultivating permanent crops such as coffee or cocoa under shade trees. This practice contributes to healthy ecosystems and improved income opportunities.
Beekeepers around the world are struggling with the various negative impacts of increasingly industrialised farming practices on bee health and honey production. Organic beekeepers are particularly affected by this, as they find less and less uncultivated or organically farmed land on which it is suitable to install their bees.
Naturland has published several guidelines on the organic cultivation of cash crops in the tropics and sub-tropics, with recommendations on production, processing and product specifications. Each guideline is supplemented with a comprehensive introduction to the principles of organic agriculture. The guidelines are also available in Spanish and German.
Organic agriculture is considered a key element in keeping agricultural soils healthy, fertile and productive. Soils under organic management often have better soil structure, a higher organic matter content, higher biological activity, and a higher water holding capacity. All this accounts for the high priority we place on conserving and restoring soil fertility. Naturland is committed to supporting its international members in matters of compost and vermicompost management, as well as managing intercropping and agroforestry systems.
The majority of organic producers worldwide are smallholders who cannot meet the certification costs and administrative requirements to be certified individually. For more than 20 years, Naturland has supported organic smallholders in managing group certification by using an Internal Control System as a practical and cost-effective means of certification.
Water is the basis of all life on our planet. It is essential for plant growth. Global water consumption is rising and water is becoming increasingly scarce in many of the world’s regions. At Naturland, we focus on the sustainability of water use and management. This includes preventive measures to maintain and improve soil fertility, practical water management measures tailored to farms in regions with scarce water resources, and water stewardship on an inter-farm level. In this way, Naturland and Bio Suisse are developing a regulatory framework for their farm businesses with requirements for using water sustainably, including potential exclusion for farms that do not meet these requirements.