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Farmer Empowerment

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15 October 2013

farmers, social reponsibility, environment

Farmer empowerment means providing with the ability and capacity to use local and international skills and knowledge to ensure a fair social and economical situation while preserving and conserving the environment. In this process, the farmer is becoming a supply chain actor, a crop specialist with clear market orientation. The farmers are informed and taught all the best practices to create sustainable production, and to increase the quality of their livelihood. This enables the production of a better crop of a higher and more consistent quality and quantity, which is better suited to satisfy the needs of the buyers while asking for a fair price without damaging the environment.

IFOAM is the organization started to make a difference in the farmer’s empowerment process! IFOAM views farmer empowerment as a way of further developing the organic agriculture for a more sustainable world!

This process is done by:

Identifying challenges. The most common ones are the lack of water, know-how, increased costs of cultivating;
Acquiring and sharing relevant traditional knowledge. Sharing best practices from than 117 countries to further shape and develop them;
Taking actions in order to improve the current circumstances. The solutions are furthered improved at at IFOAM events! Learn more about it here here .

In other words, IFOAM is trying to open the farmers’ perspectives by empowering them to take action and embrace change in order to continuously improve and grow organic and sustainable products! In this way, farmers better understand the IFOAM principles to “improve all agriculture in a global context”:
Principle of Health- to enhance both the wellbeing of the farmer but as well sustaining and enhancing the planet through sustainable agriculture;
Principle of Ecology- to work and sustain ecological systems and cycles by utilizing effectively natural resources;
Principle of Fairness- ensuring fair opportunities for the farmer and society;
Principle of Care- being sustainable to protect the well being of current and future generations.

This enables a holistic approach to educate and improve the livelihood of the farmers while producing high quality products with minimal impact on the biodiversity and environment.

Natural Habitats Group embraces IFOAM’s initiative by:
Improving the livelihood of the farmers in a fair and ethical way (Learn more about it here );
Training and proactive support of our farmers (Learn more about it here );
Driving community development (Learn more about it here .

 

Blog & News

Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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