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Our 'Familia Organica'

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13 June 2013

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"To achieve an organization that brings together not only financial interests, but values is fundamental for the survival of the agricultural sector" - Fausto Orozco, president of Farmer's Association and organic farmer himself.

Natural Habitats Group’s values include taking care of people we work with, who live nearby our plantations and everyone involved in our business process. All together, we think of everyone involved as a family, we name it – ‘Familia Organica’. The key role in this family we dedicate to our organic farmers, with whom we work. For the purpose of bringing organic farmers together, empowering them and enabling exchange of information among them, we organized Farmers’ Association. President of Farmers’ Assoication is Fausto Orozco, farmer himself and in past worked for ANCUPA (National Association of Palm Growers). (left on the picture)
‘Familia Organica’ has grown now to a large group of people, who share common views and values, related to the environment, food and sustainability. We think, of the ‘Familia Organica’ as a way of life. This philosophy involves caring about social development, preserving nature and supplying high quality food.
We ensure that our farmers are educated in organic farming and comply with its standards. To support farmers, we encourage: premium prices, trainings, visits, advisory from our agronomist, micro financing, picking up crops in remote locations and other agricultural support.
‘Familia Organica’ is not only targeted on farmers, but local communities as well. Therefore, we contribute to social improvement, by developing sports, education, quality of nutrition and medical care programs. We allocate 1 % of our revenues each year to the social programs, we work on.
Through these projects we represent the ‘Familia Organica’ values.
Our social programs include: football training for kids, where professional coachers work on the motivation and discipline for more than 100 children and teenagers. We supply learning materials and computers to elementary schools. We supply two health centres, built by us, with medicines and doctors. From time to time, we also organize educational workshops for locals. Our social responsibility officer visits the communities and reports the needs and social problems which allow us to develop training sessions for locals.
The ‘Familia Organica’ philosophy is also very important for our customers. Natural Habitats Group carefully selects customers and works with those, whose values comply with ours.
Check the video, where Jose Antonio (General Production Manager) takes interview with Fausto Orozco. They talk about Farmers Association and ‘Familia Organica’.

 

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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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