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Putting nature back into agriculture

Putting nature back into agriculture

Living soils

Our planet’s remaining fertile soil nurtures and feeds billions of people and other terrestrial life. It is integral to our forests, farms and fresh water systems. Soil hosts more than a quarter of Earth’s biodiversity and supports supply chains from the fashion to the pharmaceutical industry.

But intensive agriculture and production have put a strain on our soils. Through erosion and pollution, we are losing fertile soil faster than nature can replenish it. Our food contains fewer nutrients, and our farms grow less productive with each generation of crops. Compounding this is a loss of organic matter and biodiversity in the soil.

We need a shift towards practices that bring life back to our soils; to ensure resilient farmers, nutritious food, clean water, and robust natural systems. In this light, we want to partner with governments, businesses, civil society and farmers to drive a shift towards ecologically sound agriculture.

Living Soils Project


Agricultural soil makes up just over 7% of Earth’s surface and is used to feed our world’s population of almost 8 billion people.
A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded, according to UN-backed research.
Fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year.

Our work

For under a decade, we have been on the ground, in France, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Côte d'Ivoire, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand, listening to farmers' challenges and co-creating solutions.

In 2016, our journey in soil began with Sheesham farmers in India - where our teams have engaged over 1,000 farmers since 2011. In partnership with 'soil doctors' Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, we began exploring how to regenerate our soil, eventually working with farmers in France on conservation agriculture. Our efforts revolve around connecting different supply chain nodes to scale up soil restoration and developing innovative incentives to transform agricultural practices.

What is soil health, and how can we restore it? Learn more about where we work to restore the health of agricultural soils.

Our Projects

Living Soils, Santerre, France

The Living Soils Initiative, launched in January 2018 aims to accelerate the adoption of conservation agriculture practices by farmers

News & Stories

Why We Need a Systemic Approach to Regeneration

Apr 6, 2022

Soil and its Role in Climate, Food and Business Systems

Mar 16, 2022

Earthworm Foundation Outlines its Soil Health Approach and Impact in France, India and the U.S.

Value chains we work on