ENVIRONMENT
Resource Efficiency of Biodynamic Agriculture

The business model of SEKEM is based on biodynamic agriculture, a specific form of organic agriculture that views the farm as a self-contained, self-sustaining ecosystem responsible for creating and maintaining its individual health and vitality without any external or unnatural additions. Soil, plants, animals and humans together create this image of a holistic living organism. SEKEM applies biodynamic agricultural methods, with compost being the major component in turning desert land into living and healthy soils. The application of resilient crops and natural predators prevent the introduction of external inputs such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Biodynamic agriculture means closed nutrient cycles, including raising livestock to produce SEKEM’s own compost, growing cereals to feed the livestock and crop rotation to enhance soil fertility.
The Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA):
A co-op of farmers


Along with their own cultivation, SEKEM works with biodynamic farmers all over Egypt to source our supply of high quality organic cotton. In order to guarantee the suppliers’ compliance with guidelines, they have implemented a supply chain management throughout. In seeking honest and fair collaboration along the entire supply chain, the prices for raw materials are set according to Fair Trade principles and assure a fair distribution of the value generation to their suppliers. They foster their long-term relations with their suppliers through guaranteeing purchase of certain amounts of raw material and helping to pre-finance the cultivation. Through this collaboration, we are supporting family run organic farms, as well as encouraging other famers to transition into organic agriculture.

 

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