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Regenerative Agriculture

A Sustainable Solution for the Future

In recent years, the concept of regenerative agriculture has gained significant attention as a sustainable alternative to the chemical-intensive mainstream farming practices. The Future Economy Forum and its international partners have been at the forefront of promoting and implementing regenerative agriculture methods. With a focus on integrating better incomes for farmers, economic development of communities, soil and water ecosystem regeneration, food security, health, biodiversity, and climate change mitigation, regenerative agriculture offers a promising path forward.

© Future Economy ForumThis article explores the success stories and potential of regenerative agriculture as a transformative force in the agricultural sector.

The Success of Regenerative Farming
One notable success story comes from Leontino Balbo, a Brazilian partner of the Future Economy Forum. Balbo, co-owner of Native and Grupo Balbo, has demonstrated the effectiveness of regenerative farming on a massive scale. Managing 55,000 hectares, Balbo has achieved remarkable results, producing one-third of the world's organic cane sugar. His regenerative farming practices have not only increased productivity and reduced costs but also fostered greater biodiversity in his seemingly mono-crop fields compared to the surrounding forests. Balbo's success has attracted leading food and cosmetic brands, who are willing to pay a premium for his products, further enhancing his economic viability.

On the other end of the spectrum, Vijay Kumar, associated with APCNF, has been working with one million small-scale women farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India. Through regenerative farming methods, Kumar has helped 400,000 farmers eliminate chemical inputs, leading to increased income, reduced costs, and the regeneration of soil, biodiversity, and the climate. This community farming approach has not only strengthened the farmers' economic well-being but also fostered a sense of mutual support and collaboration within their communities.

Scaling Up and Recognition
Regenerative agriculture has proven its potential on all continents, with inspiring large-scale examples demonstrating its effectiveness. However, despite the scientifically verified outcomes and endorsements from leading universities, government institutions, and global leaders like India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Macron, regenerative agriculture remains relatively unknown. The Future Economy Forum aims to address this by strengthening communication efforts and making the facts and methodologies accessible and attractive to diverse stakeholders.

Challenges and Future Outlook
© Future Economy ForumWhile regenerative agriculture holds immense promise, there are challenges to overcome. Certification systems need improvement to make them more accessible and affordable for small farmers. Additionally, accurately measuring the carbon sequestration potential of agricultural operations is crucial for calculating carbon credits effectively. The Future Economy Forum, in collaboration with its international partners, is working towards addressing these challenges and mainstreaming regenerative farming practices into the new mainstream of agriculture.

Conclusion
Regenerative agriculture offers a sustainable and transformative solution for the future of agriculture. Through the efforts of organizations like the Future Economy Forum and its partners, success stories from around the world have demonstrated the viability and effectiveness of regenerative farming methods. By integrating better incomes for farmers, economic development, soil and water ecosystem regeneration, food security, health, biodiversity, and climate change mitigation, regenerative agriculture has the potential to revolutionize the agricultural sector. With continued support, scaling up regenerative agriculture practices can pave the way for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Laura Santucci
Co-Founder, Future Economy Forum. Former Chief of Staff to President Obama’s White House Political Affairs, Chief of Staff to the mayor of New York and the UN World Food Programme.

Umwelt | Wasser & Boden, 01.09.2023

     
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