The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment stated that “During the past 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period in human history, in large part to meet the growing demand for food, fresh water, wood, fibers, and fuel. This has resulted in a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth”. Moreover, according to FAO, around 12 million hectares of land are lost to drought and desertification each year. Today, already 25% of the world’s total land area is affected by degradation”.
Regenerative agriculture originates from ancestral biocultural wisdom and Indigenous scientific understanding, encompassing practices like agroforestry, silvopasture, permaculture, aquaculture, wetland rejuvenation, and similar approaches. It employs a range of methods such as crop rotation, minimal or no-till farming, the cultivation of cover crops, intercropping, and the use of natural compost. These practices collectively contribute to carbon sequestration, the enhancement of biodiversity, soil enrichment, and the enhancement of water systems.
Representing an age-old, nature-rooted response to climate change, this approach facilitates the regeneration and flourishing of land that has fallen into a state of degradation.