Naturland Association for Organic Agriculture

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We are convinced that improved access to knowledge and innovations in organic agriculture holds great potential for improving food security and raising the productivity of smallholders’ farms in the world, economically, ecologically and socially, in a sustainable manner. This creates stable production systems that at the same time make small farmers permanently independent of expensive agrochemistry. In addition, there is great potential to improve access for organic
farmers to regional and international markets. With this objective in mind Naturland is co-operating in various international development projects.

 

Organic agriculture can only grow if consumers’ demand for organic products rises. This, in turn, requires greater awareness about the quality and the benefits of organic products. Only then can successful organic markets, similar to the ones in Germany and Europe, develop.

A pilot project in Vietnam will aim at raising awareness amongst local consumers about the high quality of organic food, which is the basis for developing the Vietnamese organic market. The project’s planning and implementation should be taken over by an external executive agency, provided funding for the project is obtained from the EU.

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Improved access to knowledge about organic farming and its innovations has a great potential to increase smallholders’ productivity in Africa and India in an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable fashion.

To reach this goal, the Organic Research Institute FiBL, the international umbrella organization for organic agriculture IFOAM Organics International and Naturland cooperate with seven “Green innovation centres for the agriculture and food sector” (GIAE) in Africa and India.

In October 2015, the EU Animal Welfare Project AWARE was launched. Naturland can now contribute its experience of the annual animal welfare inspections at the international level.

Together with the British eco-certification organization Soil Association, the Italian Control Authority CCPB, the Polish control body Agro Bio Test, the German Control Authority Society for Resource Conservation and with the participation of the Georg August University Göttingen, Naturland will work on improving and streamlining animal welfare checks within the next three years.