Producer Spotlight: Zero Budget Natural Farming Program
The Organization Turning Traditional Agriculture on its Head
“My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.”
– Brenda Schoepp
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Whatever your answer, you can thank a farmer for that.
Farmers produce the food we eat at every single meal, every single day. No matter where in the agricultural value chain you purchase your food, you can be certain that if you follow the trail back to the beginning, you will find a farmer—probably many farmers.
Over 60% of the world’s population depends on agriculture for survival. Thus, a healthy society quite literally depends on a healthy agricultural system. When farmers are fairly paid, when the soil is fertile, and when the communities whose well-being depends on farming are cared for, that health is reflected in the food on our plates, too.
Zero Budget Natural Farming is a grassroots movement in India dedicated to caring for the land, people, and communities that produce our food. This program has been turning traditional agriculture on its head since 2014, stewarded by non-profit Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS). The government of Andhra Pradesh established RySS to enhance farmer and consumer welfare and protect the environment.
Climate-change resilient, low-cost, “zero-budget” natural farming aims to promote the welfare of farmers, naturally improve soil fertility, and make more nutritious, chemical-free food available to you, the end consumer. Drawing on principles of agroecology, Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) takes an ecological approach toward agriculture to meet global goals of food security and environmental conservation, all while addressing the negative impacts of climate change.
RySS aims to reach 6 million farmers and convert 8 million hectares of their land in Andhra Pradesh into natural farming fields. Learn more.