Tag: organic

Shameek Chakravarty, how zero budget natural farming is taking off in India

Shameek Chakravarty is the cofounder of Farmizen, a company based in Bangalore, India, on which everyone can rent mini-plots of farmland close to the city.

Phil Graves on how Patagonia is investing its $75 million fund into regenerative agriculture

Why regenerative ORGANIC certification is key for the future of agriculture? The answer in the interview with Phil Graves, head of Patagonia’s venture fund Tin Shed Ventures.

Brandon Welch, Perennial fund, investing and profit sharing to get farmers to organic and beyond

Transition finance is key to help many more farmers and growers start the transition to organic and regenerative. The Perennial Fund is going to experiment with a new concept!

Scaling organic regenerative dairy and organic kiwis in New Zealand with Geoff Burke

An interview with Geoff Burke, co-founder of Agro-Ecological, a New Zealand based impact investment manager and advisory firm focused on farmland, on how to increase the impact investing in regenerative agriculture in New Zealand.

Shameek Chakravarty, left Amazon to start a real life FarmVille in rural India

Shameek Chakravarty is the cofounder of Farmizen based in Bangalore India, on Farmizen everyone can rent mini-plots of farmland close to the city.

Osvaldo de Falco, connecting Italian organic fruit farmers directly to consumers

How do we pay a fair price to our farmers? If not they can’t take care of our land. An interview with Osvaldo de Falco, co-founder of Biorfarm, a platform which connects Italian organic fruit farmers directly to the end customers, while paying the farmers a fair price.

Liz Carlisle, how lentils changed a region and started an organic company 30 years ago

An interview with Liz Carlisle, writer of the Lentil Underground, the amazing story about how five farmers created one of the first organic companies in the US.

Thekla Teunis and Gijs Boers, what African regenerative farmers can teach us

Thekla Teunis and Gijs Boers, cofounders of Grounded. They are working to bring the agriculture sector in Africa back into balance.

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We discuss how regenerative agriculture really works in practice on the ground in Southern Africa and how is working with farmers in Zambia and South Africa by really really listening to them.

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The key take-aways:

– Listening to farmers, (really really listen) they know what could work well on their land, even if they don’t grow that mix of crops today because of circumstances forcing them to choose for short term solutions
– It is essential to find the right local crop mix
– When you are working with farmers and really listen, business cases will emerge, but you can’t have a strict 10 year planning
– There are huge opportunities in local processing in Africa, due to long distances to markets, challenging infrastructure, and it makes a lot of sense to process locally
– Local processing makes it possible to pay farmers for Regenerative agriculture
– And this offers many opportunities for (patient) Impact Investors

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Sallie Calhoun, do and don’ts from the most experienced regen ag investor

A conversation with Sallie Calhoun of Cienega Capital and the #NoRegrets Initiative, impact investor in regenerative agriculture for over 15 years.