From left to right: Juma Ali Juma, Sundaram Anbalagan, Vijaya Kumar, and Khorlo Bhutia.
Photo: Daniela Böhm

20.03.2019

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At the 3rd Organic Forum in Kirchberg, Germany, representatives of Sikkim, India – which is the first organic state world-wide – and Zanzibar, Tanzania and Andhra Pradesh, India, presented their approaches in preparing for 100 per cent organic agricultural production.

Hosted by the Akademie für ökologische Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft, the 3rd World Organic Forum was held under the slogan “Green Economies in Context with the UN Sustainable Development Goals: On the path towards 100% Organic!” in Kirchberg, Germany, from the 6th to the 8th March 2019. Representatives of Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh, India and Zanzibar, Tanzania presented their approaches. 

One hundred per cent organic – the case of Sikkim

Sikkim is located in Northeastern India and counts 0.6 million habitants with around 66,000 farm families. The total agricultural land comprises 77,000 ha and is cultivated under low input and rain-fed agriculture, primarily for subsistence farming. While the preparations to convert conventional agriculture to organic began in 2003, implementation started in 2010 and was completed in 2016. From 2016 onwards, different value chains have been developed, starting with inputs, seeds and certification, and going on to the creation of facilities for collection, aggregation, processing and a marketing and brand-building initiative.

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