Naturland Association for Organic Agriculture

Naturland

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.

 

Entwicklungszusammenarbeit 250x166GEPA has been importing organic coffee from different cooperatives of small producers in Latin America for more than 40 years, including six cooperatives in Peru. The coffee is sold in shops specializing in the sale of organic or fair trade products and in supermarkets in Germany such as Rewe and Edeka.

The organic conversion of coffee has contributed significantly to the sustainability of coffee cultivation and increased profitability for small farmers. However, this production is carried out in an environment where conventional production also dominates, representing a risk of contamination with pesticide residues, especially glyphosate herbicide.

Morocco

With a share of 14 per cent of the GDP the agrarian sector is one of the most important economic sectors in Morocco. About 40 per cent of the Moroccan people make their living in this sector. While agriculture in Morocco is facing great challenges in sustainability such as water scarcity, organic farming amounts to less than 1 per cent of the total sector.

Naturland is providing support and advisory services to the Moroccan organic sector in their organizational development in order to enhance the organic sector in the North African country and to create new jobs.

FEU Future Aqua 350uture growth in sustainable, resilient and climate friendly organic and conventional European aquaculture

Naturland is partner in the project “Future growth in sustainable, resilient and climate friendly organic and conventional European aquaculture” (FutureEUAqua). It has as overall objective to effectively promote the sustainable growth of climate-change resilient, environmentally-friendly organic and conventional aquaculture of major fish species and low trophic level organisms in Europe, to meet future challenges with respect to the growing consumer demand for high quality, nutritious and responsibly produced food. 

 

Prologo Nefertiti 250moting new ideas in agriculture through networking

The aim of the NEFERITITI project (Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation and Innovation Uptake through Demonstration) is to network outstanding farms and practical examples in order to increase knowledge transfer between farmers and promote new ideas. The project was launched in January 2018. Ten thematic networks of demonstration and pilot farms will be established across Europe. Three of these networks are each assigned to the main sectors of animal production, crop production and horticulture.

ImproRELACS Logo 350ving Inputs in Organic Farming Systems

As a system approach to sustainable agriculture, organic farming aims to effectively manage ecological processes whilst lowering dependence on off-farm inputs. The project “Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems” (RELACS) will foster the development and facilitate the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies, to phase out the dependency on and use of inputs considered contentious in organic farming systems.

Increasiecobreed logo 250x166ng the efficiency and competitiveness of organic crop breeding

The project ECOBREED will improve the availability of seed and varieties suitable for organic and low- input production. Activities will focus on four crop species, selected for their potential contribution to increase competitiveness of the organic sector, i.e. common wheat, potato, soybean and common buckwheat. The project will develop:

• methods, strategies and infrastructures for organic breeding
• varieties with improved stress resistance, resource use efficiency and quality
• improved methods for the production of high quality organic seed.

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The European Union is the world's leading region in organic fruit production with rapid growth. Nevertheless, organic fruit imports to the EU are also increasing. That is partly fruit that cannot be grown in the EU, or is seasonally unavailable. However, there are also organic fruit imports because the demand cannot be met in the EU or the imported fruit is cheaper. 

Mangrovenwuchs auf Farm 2

The mangrove forests of the tropical coasts are amongst the most important and productive eco-systems on earth. Because of their immense carbon storage potential and function as shield against extreme weather conditions, they play a central role in stabilizing the world's climate and protecting the coastal communities. Over the last decades, global mangrove forests have been severely decimated, with the spread of shrimp farming being one of the reasons. However, shrimp farming – as the central economic activity in the mangrove areas – has also the unique potential to significantly foster mangrove protection and restauration.

Naturland 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.

Grüne InnovationszentrenImproved 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.