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Organic knowledge transfer 

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On August 21st, 2019, and for the second year in a row, Naturland was thrilled to welcome a dynamic and highly diverse group of farmers, students of various agricultural master programs, lecturers, government officials from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Zambia and Tunisia in the context of the Green Innovation Centers programme to its headquarters in Gräfelfing.

The group of 25 international postgraduate students participated in a half-day seminar at Naturland in the context of the course „Food chains in agriculture” at the University of Applied sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf. The Workshop included topics like international markets access for organic products, the actual marketing of these products, as well as international organic standards, inspection and certification procedures. The participants also learnt more about the Naturland Internal Control Systems for smallholders, to facilitate the certification of smallholder groups.
For Naturland, capacity building at different levels is paramount for a successful knowledge transfer of our organic practices and values. The improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture holds great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in Africa in a sustainable manner: economically, ecologically and socially.
With this objective in mind, the association supports eight Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Africa and India since September 2017, in a joint project with IFOAM Organics International and FiBL, the Swiss research institute for organic agriculture. The Green Innovation Centres are part of the special initiative „One world, No Hunger“ 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 15 countries.