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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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4th World Cocoa Conference in Berlin – counter-demonstration announced

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Gräfelfing/Berlin – For over five million smallholders, most of them from West Africa, cocoa is the main source of income. It is their fate which will be talked about when some 1,500 players in the cocoa industry meet between 22nd and 25th April in Berlin for the 4th World Cocoa Conference. Naturland demands that the participants in the conference take their responsibilities seriously and pass concrete resolutions in favour of the cocoa smallholders.

“Anyone wanting to end hunger, poverty and abusive child labour in the cocoa sector needs to make sure the cocoa producers earn enough to secure their existence. This can only be achieved by paying fair minimum prices and guaranteeing planning security by concluding long-term supply contracts which protect the smallholders and their families from the extreme price fluctuations on the world cocoa market,” said Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland, in the run-up to the conference.

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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.

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As part of a project aiming at creating jobs in the organic agriculture and food industry in Egypt, the Fayoum Agro Organic Development Association (FAODA) in Egypt, the international department of the Training and Development Centres of the Bavarian Employers' Associations (bfz GmbH) and Naturland cooperated in short-term venture.

The aim of the short project was the training of multipliers of FAODA by the bfz and Naturland experts. In a two-days workshop in Egypt, Egyptian farmers, processors and exporters were trained in the principles of organic farming, composting, permitted inputs in organic farming, internal control systems for small farmers' organisations and the importance and requirements for fair trade certification.

An increase of 25% in Naturland farmers and area world-wide
Naturland auf der Biofach 2018Naturland is publishing excellent figures in time for the BioFach trade fair in 2018: the continued good growth of prior years again gathered further momentum in 2017, both in Germany and globally. Currently there are 54,000 farmers in 52 countries the world over operating in compliance with the Naturland standards. This is 26.4% more than a year ago.

The agricultural area farmed has also increased by 23.8% to almost 343,000 hectares. Add to this the 54,000 hectares of organic forestry and the area increases to almost 400,000 hectares of land managed to the Naturland standards. These figures justify Naturland’s claim to a role as a one of the leading global organic associations.