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Welcome to Naturland

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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Faire Woche 2017 from 15th to 29th September

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This year’s Faire Woche (15th – 29th September) is being launched this Friday under the banner “Fair Trade Creates Prospects”. Throughout Germany over 2,000 events will be taking place to make fair trade a hands-on experience. A highlight of the Faire Woche is the visits of producers, many of whom are Naturland farmers who report on their work and their experiences with fair trade.

For Naturland, organic agriculture and fair trade are inextricably linked. “Organic agriculture is both environmentally friendly and healthy, which makes it equally fair to human beings, animals and nature,“ says Hubert Heigl, the president of Naturland, a German organic association, with reference to the Faire Woche. Organic agriculture enables smallholders in the global south in particular to stay independent of expensive agricultural chemicals. Besides this, fair trade ensures that they can earn a living with their work.

Naturland contributes organic expertise to development co-operation

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Naturland welcomes the clear commitment of Dr. Gerd Müller, Germany’s minister of development, to organic agriculture. “Organic and socially orientated agriculture is key to combating global environmental problems, hunger and poverty. It is a good thing that the conclusions drawn in the global report “Agriculture at a Crossroads“of 2008 should be allowed to shape future development policies of the German federal government,” says Steffen Reese, general manager of the Naturland association in Gräfelfing.

Reese was responding to the announcement made by Gerd Müller, Germany’s minister of development, that the innovative methods employed in organic agriculture are to be considered for a major role in future development policies.

Besuch GIC klein On Tuesday 27th July, Naturland hosted a group of 25 representatives, managers and partners involved in the Green Innovation Centres. These centres intend to raise the income of farmers and to foster employment by promoting food processing and adding value in producer countries, thereby contributing to food security. They promote the introduction and spread of innovations along various value chains – from the field to the plate.

This visit was part of an exposure seminar on organic agriculture and fair trade organised by the GIZ (German agency for International Cooperation). The participants, in particular were project managers and partners involved in the Green Innovation Centres, with a special interest in organic value chains. They came from Togo, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Ghana, Benin and Malawi.

The work done by Naturland, its sustainability goals and prospects of future co-operation

chinesische delegation 250 On 5th July, 2017, a Chinese delegation from the province of Guizhou paid a visit to the Naturland head offices in Gräfelfing, Germany. The group was travelling to Frankfurt and Munich as part of a two-week further training programme organised by CETC, the China Education & Training Center.  The objective of the scheme was to explain the agricultural structures in Germany and its agricultural associations and co-operatives to the delegation.

Most of the participants are active in the fields of poverty alleviation and development aid where they work for the Poverty Alleviation and Development Office of Guizhou Province. Guizhou is an inland Chinese province in the mountainous south, in the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range. The province is half the size of Germany and its population is also about half that of Germany.