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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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IFOAM Organics International, Naturland and FiBL are working to build up organic competence in selected Green Innovation Centres

Bauer im Gemüsefeld 250Improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture holds great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in Africa and India economically, ecologically and socially, in a sustainable manner. With this objective in mind, IFOAM Organics International, the international federation of organic agriculture movements, FiBL, a research institute for organic agriculture, and Naturland – Association for Organic Agriculture are co-operating in a joint project supporting nine selected Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE).

The Green Innovation Centres are part of a special initiative called „ONE WORLD, No Hunger“ and are being implemented by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development in a total of 14 countries.

IFOAM 250x166Peggy Miars has been elected the new president of IFOAM. On the 12th and 13th November 2017, subsequent to the Organic World Congress (OWC) in India, the members of IFOAM - Organics International gathered at their triannual general assembly. As part of the assembly a new president as well as a new World Board for the next three years have been elected.

The Executive Board, led by the new president Peggy Miars, who is succeeding the former president Andre Leu, will be supported by the new vice-presidents Jennifer Chang and Frank Eyhorn. The new IFOAM - Organics International World Board is established by the following members (from left to right): Edith Van Walsum, Netherlands; Karen Mapusua, Fiji; Peggy Miars, USA; Hans Herren, Switzerland; Julia Lernoud, Argentinia; Frank Eyhorn, Switzerland; Choitresh Kumar Ganguly, India; Jennifer Chang, South Korea; David Amudavi, Kenia; Gerold Rahmann, Germany.

LogoOWCThe Organic World Congress (OWC) is the global forum for organic farming and organic agriculture. The grand event takes place from 9-11 November 2017 at the India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, National Capital Region, India. Naturland is actively involved in several congress tracks.
The central task of this year's OWC is to contribute to strengthening the Indian and global eco-agriculture movement and to steer India's agricultural policy decisively and irrevocably toward organic farming. The motto of this year's congress is "An Organic World through Organic India".

Mexican delegation seeks supporters in Germany – visit to Naturland

Maya Imkerinnen 250Gräfelfing – The illegal cultivation of GM soya beans in Mexico poses a threat to the livelihood of the indigenous Mayan beekeepers on the Yucatan peninsula. One of the risks created by the increasing expansion of soya bean fields is to the honey production of the Mayans. Almost half of the Mexican honey produced for export is destined for Germany where per capita consumption of honey is the highest in the world.

On Wednesday (27th September) a delegation of Mayan beekeepers paid a visit to the head offices of Naturland in Gräfelfing, Germany, to report on their arduous struggle. Manfred Fürst, head of the International Department at Naturland promised the Mexican guests the association’s continued support.