In this opinion piece, Vijay Kumar of Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (Farmers’ Empowerment Corporation) - Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, discusses the benefits of their state-wide and community-managed natural farming programme. The programme is described as an innovative and transformative solution for agriculture, comprising of the universal principles of agroecology and local, traditional and context-specific practices. 

The investment involved in the transformation to agroecology from conventional synthetic chemicals-based agriculture is for knowledge dissemination, handholding farmers, and for supporting women’s collectives taking lead in the process. Kumar explains how a $1.4 billion investment in transformation efforts results in saving $7.3 billion in avoided subsidies to support agriculture, and suggests that governments and financial institutions should seriously consider this financing mechanism.


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