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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.

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 has put a strain on our soils. Through erosion and pollution, we are losing fertile soil faster than nature can replenish it. Our food contains less 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.

What we need is 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.

Factos

Agricultural soil makes up just over 7% of Earth’s surface and is used to feed our world’s population of 7.6 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 just under a decade, we have been on the ground in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, 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 out teams have engaged about 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 nodes of the supply chain to scale up soil restoration, as well as developing innovative incentives to transform agricultural practices.

Our programmes linked to soils

Rurality –
Colocar os agricultores no coração da sociedade
France

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

Mitti Bole, India

Mitti Bole, or Soil Speaks, is supporting Indian farmers return health to their soils.

Notícias e Histórias

Historical commitment puts focus on nature and people

New project launched to support farmers to look after their soil

6/12/2018

Introducing ‘Mitti Bole’, Soil Speaks, a new programme to revitalise India’s degenerated soil

Value chains we work on

Junte-se à jornada da Earthworm Foundation

Ao sermos uma organização conformada por membros, sabemos que a colaboração é chave para o sucesso e que todos têm um papel na busca pelo equilíbrio entre as pessoas e a natureza. Sempre estamos abertos a conhecer potenciais novos membros e/ou clientes, investidores ou parceiros e todos aqueles que queiram aprender mais.

Invista em uma solução

Para alcançar mudança real e duradouro sabemos que é necessário maximizar o impacto das nossas soluções. Se você quer se tornar parte desta jornada, entre em contato conosco e juntos faremos a mudança acontecer.

Compartilhe uma ideia
Você tem uma ideia que pode transformar uma cadeia de valor ou ter um papel na luta contra a mudança climática? Valoramos totalmente o poder das ideias e da colaboração. Por favor, entre em contato e compartilhe suas ideias.
Faça-nos uma pergunta
Você quer saber mais sobre o nosso trabalho em campo? Seja porque você trabalha em sustentabilidade, jornalismo ou simplesmente porque tem curiosidade sobre o nosso trabalho, vamos responder suas perguntas com prazer.