Who We Are
The Regenerative Agricultural Association of Southern Africa (RegenAg SA) is a nonprofit, education and advocacy organization that is working to stop the catastrophic consequences of Industrial Agriculture by facilitating farmers and consumers in transitioning to Regenerative Agriculture. Regeneration needs to take place across the value chain but it starts with regenerating the relationship between plants and soil microbiology.
- Healthy soils make healthy plants which make healthy ecosystems
- Healthy production ecosystems make healthy animals and people
- Healthy soils sequester carbon and mitigate climate change
- Healthy soils are less prone to erosion
- Healthy soils infiltrates and store more water
- Healthy soils can fix farm economics
RegenAg SA is concerned with educating farmers and consumers about the true cost of Industrial Agriculture - the depletion of soils, the destruction of the carbon cycles, the dependency on fossil fuels, the high greenhouse gas emissions and human health implications - and showing how Regenerative Agriculture is the solution to most of these problems. Our goal is to redirect South African agriculture toward regenerative methods that rebuild our soils, reduce input costs, protect and enhance the natural environment, mitigate climate change, produce nutrient dense healthy foods, promote biodiversity, animal welfare and economic justice to farmers, farm workers and rural communities.
We are working towards the transition that puts agriculture in its rightful place as a source of health and a solution to many of our ecological woes, rather than a primary cause!
Aims and Goals
- convert South Africa to farming Regeneratively
- create a Regenerative Agriculture ecosystem for collaboration, research and knowledge transfer
- assist with the development of Regenerative Agriculture markets
- educate farmers & consumers on the benefits of Regenerative Agriculture
- assist farmers to transition to Regenerative Agriculture
- create partnerships across the value chain
- Regenerate farming communities
Regenerative Agriculture Definition
There is no one definition, this is ours:
Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that strive to regenerate soil ecosystem relationships. Thereby restoring soil's crucial ecosystem services - the carbon cycle, the water cycle and the nutrient cycle and the production of nutrient dense foods. This is the first relationship in the agricultural value chain that requires regeneration, thereafter other relationships need to be changed from being extractive to regenerative.
When faced with the enormity of the climate change scenario most people close down and move onto something more digestible. One of the great advantages of this soil based climate solution is that doing something is accessible to so many more people than other grandiose solutions.
What do we need to do?
- Create pathways for farmers to move towards natural farming systems.
- Create pathways for non-farming capital to invest in the restoration of farms lands.
- Create pathways for farmers to be paid for ecosystem services.
Together we can get the carbon back in the soil while improving our food and our health.
These are the the 5 main principles of healthy soil for Regenerative Agriculture.
"Agriculture is regenerative if soils, water cycles, vegetation and productivity continuously improve instead of just maintaining the status [quo]. The diversity, quality, vitality and health of the soil, plants, animals and people also improve together." - Dr Christine Jones
Video: South African Regenerative Farmer Bertie Coetzee
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Farmers, suppliers, processors, retailers join the move to fixing our soils.