LONG-TERM OUTCOME: In collaboration with the ECOBARI Collaborative for Resilience, develop and test an implementation strategy for ecosystem-based, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture in selected rural communities in Maharashtra.
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Creating a unified science-based definition for regenerative agriculture that appropriately weighs inputs from both scientific and social sectors requires cross-sector exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration. Several existing innovations are yet to be implemented at scale in the Indian context. In addition, these innovations do not fully consider users’ needs or institutional arrangements among suppliers, farmers, innovators, and other stakeholders. We need human and ecosystem-centered design approaches to offer innovative financing mechanisms, re-imagination of extension services, institutional and policy changes, and technological innovation for scaling regenerative agriculture.
We need an integrated definition for regenerative agriculture in India that incorporates ecosystem services and climate, crop advisories, ecosystem-based technologies, the role of livestock, and the resilience of community livelihoods. Such a united definition can be used to develop implementation protocols and impact assessments for farmers, community organizations, and governments. Existing innovations in agricultural institutions, financing mechanisms, and service delivery should be synergized with traditional systems and knowledge to validate, adapt, and scale this new definition of agriculture across India through evidence-based practices. In parallel, long-term data collection through sustained research efforts in strategic agroecological zones should account for the future impacts of climate change on agriculture. Such research should also explore the efficacy of the developed practices on yields, crop health management, nutrition intensity, soil conservation, climate change mitigation, and ecosystem services. This approach can then be used to develop context and region-specific standards.
Stakeholder mapping in the targeted district to evaluate existing institutions and their motivations for sustainable practices
Learn about current players and issues facing agriculture in India from a systems perspective. Meet key stakeholders and understand their motivations and values in order to develop ecosystem-based, regenerative, and sustainable practices that can be adapted to their needs.
Localized stakeholder &
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Conduct a value chain assessment to highlight integrated benefits of sustainable agriculture practices in the targeted district
Evaluate current value chain aspects of ecosystem-based, regenerative, and sustainable practices. Highlight integrated benefits of sustainable agriculture in India to focus further policy, practice, and technology development.
Report on the integrated
across the value chain
Create a database of existing innovations, implementers, locations, and their application for knowledge dissemination
Identify and assess current innovations surrounding sustainable practices in India. Gather key information from public and private organizations in India and the world. Develop India's first collated and localized database for sustainable practices to be used for awareness in schools and communities.