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Project development is the core of the Flores Farm brand. Flores Farm owes its foundation and name to its first project: in October 2005, Flores Farm founders Jochen Wolf and Martin Steckdaub visited the Indonesian island of Flores on a trip. They were accompanying a television crew from Westdeutscher Rundfunk making a documentary about a cashew nut project in Flores.
The two were deeply impressed by the project, as it gave people in one of the poorest provinces of Indonesia prospects of a future while at the same respecting the principles of sustainability. So it affected them all the more when they learned that this project was on the brink of failure. The reason behind this was the lack of sales opportunities for the organic cashews, meaning that the farmers were already forced to sell the nuts at low prices dictated by dealers in the conventional market.
Jochen Wolf and Martin Steckdaub therefore decided to buy 60 tonnes of raw nuts and to take charge of, and finance, their processing. For the sole reason of securing distribution for the cashew farmers, the two founded Flores Farm GmbH on 2 January 2006.
It quickly became clear that one raw material alone was not enough. Flores Farm continuously expanded its range and initiated new projects. Work on the ground continues to be a top priority for Flores Farm – firstly because this enables us to provide you with premium-quality raw materials, but also because we then enable local farmers to have greater independence through fair prices, technical support and the transfer of expertise.



COCONUT BLOSSOM SUGAR FROM CENTRAL JAVA

For the past three years, we have been developing this project together with the PMA, our Indonesian partner, with a farmers cooperative in Central Java. Collecting, harvesting and processing coconut blossom sugar is laborious and time-consuming. For generations, coconut blossom farmers have been using the same traditional methods shown in this video, which was created in 2016 on a trip to the project area. We facilitate the project with technical support and transfer of expertise in order to open up sales opportunities for the farmers in the American and European markets and allow them greater financial independence through fair prices.

WILD PEANUTS FROM WEST TIMOR

As one of the first organic pioneers, we initiated a new project in 2016 in the economically underdeveloped region of West Timor cultivating “wild” peanuts together with the PMA, our Indonesian partner. For the local farming families, who up until now have only been able to sell their produce in local markets, this represents a huge opportunity to open up new markets, and we are able to meet the growing demand for this extraordinary speciality.



Datteln aus Pakistan

Together with our partner Emad from Organo Botanica and , we have been developing a date project in Pakistan since 2017. We support the project through pre-financing of machinery and goods and know-how transfer and are proud to offer the dates already now on the European market. The farmers produce mainly two varieties of dates: The Aseel variety, which is rather soft and suitable for the production of bars or energy balls, and the BJ variety, which can be ideally used in cubes in muesli.

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is a globally active, non-profit development organization. It has been implementing international cooperation programs and projects in close cooperation with the German business community since 1991. The focus of its work is the promotion of the private sector. offers competence and experience in its business areas of chamber and association promotion, vocational training, and trade promotion. Headquartered in Bonn, employs over 90 people (2020) and generates a turnover of 46 million euros (2019).

Shareholders of (are the four umbrella organizations of the German economy: BDA, BDI, DIHK and ZDH and since 2010 also the GIZ. works closely with the constituted German economy in its programs and projects. This gives the company direct access to the knowledge of experienced experts from German chambers, associations, training centers and private companies.
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Pakistan is the only country in East Asia where date cultivation and date marketing play an important economic role. A large proportion of the dates, which are grown in many different varieties, are exported in fresh or dried form. Date orchards exist in all four provinces of the country, but the center of date cultivation is in Sindh province.

Pakistan is the only country in East Asia where date cultivation and marketing play an important economic role. A large proportion of the dates, which are grown in many different varieties, are exported in fresh or dried form. Date orchards exist in all four provinces of the country, but the center of date cultivation is in Sindh province.
Pakistan could increase its global date marketing if farm management, pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest, and ultimately the quality of the fruit, were improved. There are significant production deficiencies, particularly in many areas of mostly smallholder agriculture and small and medium processing operations. Because the quality of the fruit often does not meet higher standards and is not uniformly stable, it is bought up by traders or nationally operating processing companies at low prices, which prevents investment in improving cultivation and harvesting techniques and in certification measures.
 

To make matters worse, many small farmers are in debt. They are forced to borrow money from the buyers of their fruit because they have no access to bank loans or government subsidies. At the same time, however, many of the local small processors are unable to command high prices on the national market, much less the international market, because of the inferior quality of the dates and their derivatives. This also makes it impossible for them to invest in the purchase of modern equipment, in certifications or in qualification measures for their employees. Thus, both small farmers and small processors are in a state of stagnation, which makes it very difficult to overcome poverty and backwardness. Only by creating value for the local products around date cultivation in the country itself can poverty be overcome and the associated positive economic and social aspects for the people involved be achieved.
 

WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

One way to add value to date production and marketing – while increasing quality – is to convert to organic farming and obtain internationally recognized certificates for date cultivation and processing. This approach is pursued by Flores Farm with the described project. On the one hand, the aim is to enable small farmers to grow and harvest dates of certified organic quality and thus be in a position to demand a higher fair price from traders and processors. On the other hand, small local processors and cooperatives and their employees are also to be given the knowledge and opportunity to sell their products on international markets through know-how transfer, investment in processing facilities and improved hygiene, as well as certification and marketing training.


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