INDIA: Scaling Community Managed Natural Farming in the State of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and beyond
How a community-based movement powered by the leadership of women’s collectives uses Natural Farming methods to increase yield, reduce costs, and improve biodiversity, community & climate resilience for farmers across Andhra Pradesh and beyond.
APCNF is a government sponsored, community-based movement transitioning farmers from chemical to natural methods of farming, seeing improvements in productivity, profitability, community health and climate resilience. Projected growth to 6 million farmers working 8 mil hectares in Andhra Pradesh. The programme is funded by Indian Government resources and the German Development Bank, KfW and 2 major philanthropies. The natural farming movement is supported by the Government of Prime Minister Modi.
(Video by UNCCD, 2 min)
Overview & Method
Resources that introduce the APCNF methods and approaches.
Powerpoint, Vijay Kumar APCNF ->
(Overview of the need, methodology, and benefits)
APCNF Presentation Transcript ->
(Transcript of V Kumar’s Overview Presentation)
Training Farmers in Regenerative Food Production in India: (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) ->
(Overview of Natural Farming principles & community method, in context of circular economy)
Why this success story matters for climate change
Natural Farming methods keep fields green, because the approach allows capture of large amounts of carbon in the soil – increasing agricultural productivity while also fighting climate change. The increased carbon holds more water, allowing fields to absorb more and require less water. Every 1% increase in soil organic matter equals 5 – 10 tons of carbon per acre and 20,000 gallons of water holding capacity.
In Dialogue with Vijay Kumar, APCNF
Hear from Vijay Kumar, leader of Rythu Sadhikara Samstha and Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming, in dialogue with NOW Partners’ Hunter Lovins and Walter Link to learn about the methods that have allowed APNCF to successfully scale their Natural Farming methods throughout communities in India. (Presentation: first 19 min; Dialogue 1 hr 15 min)
Hear Vijay Kumar of RySS & APCNF describe the methods that have allowed APNCF to successfully scale Natural Farming methods throughout communities in India, increasing profitability, community health, and productivity, all while sequestering increased amounts of carbon, critical to solving the climate crisis. (3 min)
Farmer Success Stories
Hear success stories from farmers who have transitioned to natural farming.
D. Radhamma’s Success as a Farmer-Scientist
“The fodder tastes sweet for cows because it is organic. As a result, cows are producing good quality milk. Our milk has high milk nutrients and fat percentage. While the rate for a liter of milk from other cows is between Rs 15-20, we are getting Rs 32-35 per liter.” Hear from farmer D. Radhamma how Natural Farming methods increased her crop yields, income and family well-being.
Ravi Pratap Reddy’s Success Story
“Using chemical and complex fertilizers make soil alkaline and plants turn pale. Moisture in soil increases through Natural Farming method. Crops are resilient, as the soil absorbs all the water even in heavy rains. Even without rainfall, moisture is retained in the soil, as crop cover reduces evaporation losses.” Mr. Reddy harvested 40 tonnes of pomegranate from a 6-acre orchard in 2023, earning $48,000 with mere expenses of $1200, a significant commercial success. Natural Farming Journey of Farmer Ravi Pratap Reddy, Satya Sai District, Andhra Pradesh.
D. Babu’s Success Story
“Even it it doesn’t rain for 6 months, soil moisture remains high, because we do not till our land and we plant crops 365 days a year.” D. Babu, Natural Farmer
Detailed Supporting Documents and Research
Academic and peer-reviewed reports detail the APCNF methods and impact.
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