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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.
Steffen Reese, the Naturland General Manager, will hold the opening speech on Tuesday, April 10th. What is organic farming about and what sets it apart from conventional agriculture? Where does organic farming stand today in Europe and in the partner countries? Where are the worldwide challenges and how does Naturland face them?

Reese emphasized that it is paramount not only to promote an export-oriented organic agriculture, but to simultaneously develop local organic markets.
On Wednesday, Naturland will host the participants at the Naturland Archehof Schlickenrieder, in the south of Munich. Schlickenrieder is one of 242 organic model farms in Germany, which have been selected by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture as demonstration farms of organic farming. There, various Naturland experts will give insights into the association's work and provide guests with information on the specific requirements for certification to Naturland standards. A special focus will be put on the Naturland Social Standards as well as the Naturland Fair certification. After a detailed tour of the operation, there will be time for a vigorous exchange in the afternoon.

For Naturland, improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture hold great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in Africa and India in a sustainable manner: economically, ecologically and socially.

With this objective in mind, the association works in a joint project with IFOAM Organics International, the international federation of organic agriculture movements, and FiBL, a research institute for organic agriculture, to support nine selected Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector. At Naturland, Mareike Brandt is the responsible for the development project, and in that capacity, she will be available as the contact person for the participants.

The Green Innovation Centres are part of the especial „ONE WORLD, No Hunger“ initiative and are being implemented by GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in a total of 14 countries. The centres from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Malawi, Mali, Benin, Togo, Zambia, Mozambique and India are networked as partners of the three organic organizations’ working group Ökolandbau.