EIT Food Regenerative Agriculture Manual

We developed and delivered a Regenerative Agriculture Manual together with the Regeneration Academy, in which we highlight regenerative agriculture practices in a practical way so that farmers can take this guide and use it to implement regenerative agriculture for their crops. For this project the focus was on almonds, olives, legumes and grains for farmers in Spain and Italy.

Context

The current agri-food system is a leading driver of deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change. It is estimated that by 2050, 90% of the world’s soils could be degraded, threatening our capacity to grow food. It is clear that there needs to be a change in our agri-food system towards a system that takes biodiversity and natural resource management into account while capturing carbon.

Meeting these needs, regenerative agriculture is one of the key steps to take in the future of agriculture. Yet, there are many unknowns about it. Regenerative agriculture is very context specific, meaning that the crop, the management practices the farmer uses, and even the business model vary region per region. That is why TheRockGroup and the Regeneration Academy have compiled a manual, supported by EIT Food, with the input of regenerative farmers in the Mediterranean.

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Our work 

Through our manual, we focus on different crops and provide an in-depth guide with topics ranging from preparation of the field, to maintenance and harvest. We also explore different funding options and business models related to regenerative agriculture. Through usage of the manual, farmers can make the right decision about what works in the transition to regenerative agriculture within their specific situation.

Through increased knowledge, unknowns and thereby the risks associated with the switch to regenerative agriculture will decrease. We are proud to announce that information on the specific crops highlighted, market trends, business models are all included in the full manual.