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Zero-budget natural farming is a form of agricultural system redesign being practised at scale in India, particularly in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is an emerging set of agricultural practices designed dramatically to reduce farmers’ direct costs (hence “zero-budget”) while boosting yields and farm health through the use of non-synthetic inputs sourced locally (“natural farming”).
Salman Hussain, the coordinator of this United Nations Environment Programme’s The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity initiative, says: “The principles of zero-budget natural farming are aligned with the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food’s own principles, as they seek to steer away from the prevailing focus on per hectare productivity, and instead focus on a holistic approach that also values human, social and environmental benefits and costs from agriculture.”
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