Navdanya Trust

Project Theme

Natural Resource Management

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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Today both planet and people are facing the converging threats of climate change, natural resource depletion and ecosystem collapse. Industrial agriculture, which is supplanting the traditional practises of agriculture that have sustained human civilization for thousands of years, is a major contributor to the threats like climate change and depletion of natural resources like soil, water and biodiversity. 

Soil provides the basis of all plant, animal and human life on Earth. A healthy soil supports plant growth, has the ability to purify air and water and safeguards animal and human health. One cannot imagine about food without soils, and definitely no healthy food without healthy soils. Soils are vital for any ecosystem that plays a key role in the carbon cycles, storing and filtering water, improving resilience to floods and droughts etc.


About the Project: 

After oceans, soil is the second largest carbon sink on the planet. Soil can nourish carbon-based plants and maximize carbon fixation while minimizing the release of CO2, reversing the effects of climate change. All of these benefits are dependent on the small fraction of soil inhabited by living organisms that comprise the soil food web.

Awareness about the soils and soil health is very much essential to promote the agro-ecological farming. This year it is planned to create awareness about the soil as living system by evolving soil health indicators through participatory research in three different geographical areas representing major agro-ecological zones of India. This report will help policy makers to make the plan for sustainable agriculture in future.


The specific objectives are -  

  • Scientific monitoring of Soil Health and creation of Soil Health indicators 
  • Policy Dialogue  on Soil Health, Food Security, Water Security, Climate Resilience and 
  • Special week long Training workshop on Living Soils and Soil Food Web 


Results to be Achieved: 

  • Soil Health Study in Himalaya, Vidharba, Bihar, Jharkhand and Rajasthan (100 farmers’ soil analysis: 50 organic and 50 Chemical)
  • Training workshop on Soil Food Web
  • Policy Brief on Soil Health, Food Security, Water Security & Climate Resilience


Outcomes: We have so far achieved (2014-15):

  • Training on agro-ecological practices was organised for farmers in which 28 women and 13 men farmers participated. 
  • A meeting of networks of women farmers, MAHILA ANNA SWARAJ, was organised with an aim to promote food production and food sovereignty.  About 170 women and 56 men from 17 states of India participated in the event. 
  • A fact-sheet on agro-ecology was developed


Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

The training offered by Navdanya on Agro-ecology was extremely beneficial. They covered topics like soil, nutrient and pest management from locally available resources which can actually reduce the cost of agriculture/horticulture. It is highly relevant for farmers who have small land holdings. Agroecology practices are environment friendly too. – a farmer trainee