SEKEMs product origin and value chain.

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Dedicated to Biodynamic processes

 

The reliability of SEKEM’s production depends, next to its own cultivation (SEKEM for Land Reclamation), on the supply of high quality, Biodynamically grown produce, cotton and herbs. Approximately 70% of all raw materials come from external sources (all Egyptian suppliers of raw materials are part of the EBDA).

In order to guarantee the suppliers’ compliance with our expectations, we implemented a supply chain management throughout SEKEM. Each SEKEM company is responsible for its own suppliers. Our goal is to continuously improve our local and exporting activities. As our own companies, all our suppliers are Demeter certified or in transition (you may read the certificates of each company at each company page: ATOS Pharma | ISIS Organic | NatureTex | Lotus).

 

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Creating awareness -

promoting Biodynamic standards

 

Our approach combines the control of clear requirements based on international management and technical standards with building partnerships with the farmers. We have succeeded in building associations along our supply chain – fair collaborations characterized by understanding each others needs. Our focus lies on cultivating these relationships in our direct neighborhood in order to develop the rural area. Our suppliers are becoming more and more aware of the advantages of Biodynamic agriculture and promote it within their own community.

 

What is Biodynamic agriculture?

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The Egyptian Biodynamic Association

 

Our supply chain management approach ensures that we not only achieve long-term business relationships, but also contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the development of our supplying farmers throughout Egypt. Helmy Abouleish therefore established in 1990 the independent Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA), which promotes the organic agriculture movement in Egypt and the region. In 1996 it has been registered as a non-governmental, non-profit organization providing training, research and advisory services in the field of organic-Biodynamic farming to farmers all over Egypt.

The EBDA provides the training and expertise needed to enable farmers to have their land inspected and certified as organic according to EU standards, or as Biodynamic according to Demeter standard.

Building on SEKEMs experience, expertise and success in the Biodynamic cultivation of herbs, cereals and vegetables and through multilateral cooperation with other organizations, EBDA raises awareness of the organic agricultural method that works actively with the life giving forces of nature.

 

Reducing use of synthetic pesticides by over 90%

 

EBDA was the first in the world to cultivate and harvest Biodynamic cotton in 1991, both on an experimental and a commercial scale. Since 1994 the Egyptian government has been supporting farmers to cultivate organic cotton.

A direct result was the landmark achievement of reducing the use of synthetic pesticides on cotton in Egypt by over 90%, from over 35,000 tonnes per year to about 3,000 tonnes. At the same time, the average yield of raw cotton increased by almost 30%.

 

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