Institut equalita e.V.

Ecology & Organic TradeActual Projects & Referencies

Organic Farming in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic

Insructed by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the institute´s experts have carried out trainings since 1993. Advisory service has been common practice in Poland, and since 1995 also in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Basics of organic farming, management, organisation of work, customer orientation, marketing skills, and of controlling conditions and the EU- guidelines have been the central topics.
Joint seminars for farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, as well as the advisors of farming associations have increased the mutual understanding of difficulties, requirements and expectations of each member of a particular field.

Educational trips to Germany provided the occasion to learn about the problems and solutions of fellow 

Countrywomen and Organic Farming in Latvia

In 1995, the consultants of the institute have started their activities with twelve women of the group LIEPA. These activities have been bundled and intensified within the project which is financed by the European Union. Through training and consultancy in Latvia and educative journeys to Germany, knowledge in management, basics in organic farming, organisation of work, customer orientation and marketing was teached.

The countrywomen´s enterprises have all developed exceedingly well. The women´ s role in the families and their working position on the farms have considerably improved. It could be transferred and practiced in every-day-life. At the end of the project in 2000, the group had increased to more than forty women. Some of them 

Conference of Countrywomen in Latvia

Latvia has entered the European Union on 1 May 2004. Thus, considerable structural changes are to be expected for agriculture and the rural areas. In view of great structural changes, countrywomen´s organizations and organic farming can play an essential role in the preservation of the economic and social basic of living in the rural areas.

In March 2004, the equalita Institute held a conference in Latvia, dealing with the meaning and perspectives of the countrywomen´s movement and the sustainable agriculture in Latvia in view of Latvia´s forthcoming membership in the European Union. The conference was supposed to facilitate an exchange of information and experience between representatives of Latvian and German countrywomen (e.g., the Latv