Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture is being rediscovered as prime way of doing farming: creating higher yields and healthier products; generating job opportunities in intensive farming and agri-services and ensuring the sustainable use of our natural resources. Regenerative agriculture looks beyond merits and shortcomings of a singular approach; it rather acknowledges the diversity and tailors this to the objectives of each farm or farming community.

The following strongholds of regenerative agriculture can be identified. Improving soil health – holistically improving soils with additional carbon, thriving micro-biomes, and structures able to absorb and retain air and water. Climate change adaptation and mitigation – maximizing carbon sequestration and building up the resilience of the farm (water buffering, diversification, micro-climates). This is complemented with ecological restoration, biological and ecological pest management, watershed conservation and furthermore relates to the wellbeing of the farming community.

Regenerative Agriculture
Regenerative Agriculture

The following practices exemplify what is typically part of a Regenerative Agriculture package.

  • Better tillage;
  • Integrated cropping systems;
  • Reducing erosion by applying cover crops or mulches;
  • Seed management and preserving local varieties:
  • Increasing on-farm biodiversity;
  • Use of composts and biological soil amendments and moisture management practices to improve soil fertility;
  • In-field moisture retention and water conservation;
  • Integrating livestock and cropping systems; sustainable non land-based agriculture;
  • Ecologically based pest management;
  • Using improved drudgery reducing farm management;
  • Reducing losses by a safe storage.

Ecologically based rodent management

A critical part of regenerative agriculture is the control of rodent damage. We have developed extensive methods for Ecologically Based Rodent Management (EBRM) . Rodents are a severe, though neglected problem for farmers around the world, damaging more than 10% of crops in many areas.

EBRM provides an innovative solution through a wide range of ecological and biological control measures from household to community level, anchored in local government and farming communities. We have also developed a highly effective botanically based organic rodenticide.

An important of our mission is to develop tailored programs for farming communities in several countries in SSA, Middle East and Asia. We cross-fertilize practices between different parts of the world and fine-tune it to the local context. Developing a community of practice that has developed key-skills and is able to reach out to new communities of practice to do the same.

Regenerative Agriculture

What we do:

  • Research and testing
  • Training and capacity building for farmers and program implementers
  • Support job creation in local agri-services for regenerative agriculture
  • special focus: promoting and innovating ecologically based rodent management
  • Supporting wide-spread implementation of methods of regenerative agriculture