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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 65,000 farmers in 58 countries manage an area of some 440,000 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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Naturland adopts the first organic standards to have been passed in the EU on insects and the use of insect protein as a sustainable source of protein

insects 250Insects are seen as a major source of protein for the future. They are not only rich in nutrients but their production can also be sustainable and environmentally friendly. It was with this in mind that the assembly of delegates of this organic association, which was held in May, unanimously adopted the new Naturland standards on organic insect breeding.

The FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, therefore considers that insects will make an increasingly important contribution to feeding the growing world population. Besides being bred for human consumption, insects can also be used as an important ingredient of sustainably produced animal fodder.

Naturland hosts third strategic meeting

inofo 250Naturland is hosting the third strategy meeting of the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organisations (INOFO) this week (from 4th – 7th of June). INOFO is the autonomous self-organised farmers structure within IFOAM - Organics International.

It specifically belongs to organic farmers organisations. The structure was created within IFOAM to foster and facilitate the relationship between farmers across continents. Thus allowing farmers to consult, cooperate and, eventually, to speak with a legitimate common voice on matters of common concern of organic farmers at a global level.

Burundi kleinNaturland has been assisting the burundian coffee co-operative federation COCOCA since 2014, with the conversion of two primary cooperatives to organic coffee production. Now this pilot scheme, which is being run in close co-operation with WeltPartner eG and is receiving funding from the German province of Baden-Württemberg, has been expanded to include 17 grassroots co-operatives which will be receiving ongoing technical and scientific support.

In the new project, which started in 2019 and will probably last until June, 2021, the University of Applied Forest Sciences (Hochschule für Forstwirtschaft) in Rottenburg, Germany, and the agricultural faculty of Burundi University are also on board.

Herr Wu 250 167Social responsibility was always an intrinsic element of the Naturland policy on organic agriculture, from the very start. In 2005 Naturland enshrined this philosophy in its social standards so as to make adherence to these standards along the entire value chain subject to scrutiny.

The Naturland social standards are partially based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as on the Core Labour Standards of the ILO (International Labour Organization). This latter body started operations exactly 100 years ago, its aim being to achieve global peace through social justice, an admirable but also extremely ambitious goal.