Regenerative Agriculture with TraceX DMRV Solutions

Explore the journey of land restoration with our case study on regenerative agriculture, showcasing the transformative impact of TraceX DMRV solutions. Learn how sustainable practices and advanced technology converge to revitalize barren lands, fostering ecological renewal and agricultural resilience.

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In an era where climate action is non-negotiable, a forward-thinking organization set its sights on a mission to revolutionize the agricultural landscape. This case study delves into the organization’s quest for digital MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification) solutions to drive sustainability through land restoration with soil regenerative agriculture practices. Follow the journey as they find the perfect ally in TraceX DMRV and witness the incredible impact of their collaboration.

Regenerative practices are gaining popularity as an effective solution to achieving sustainable development goals. These practices involve working with natural ecosystems to rebuild and restore the environment. Regenerative agriculture takes advantage of soil as a carbon sink, improves soil quality, and produces more nutritious food in ways that make it not only better for the consumers but also the producers.

Regenerative agriculture aims to put more into the environment and society than it takes out

The primary goal of regenerative agriculture is to regenerate degraded land and soil, which in turn can lead to increased profitability and livelihood for farmers. Through the use of sustainable interventions, barren land can be transformed into fertile and cultivable land. This not only benefits the environment by restoring soil health, reducing erosion and improving water retention, it also enhances biodiversity and benefits farmers by increasing yields and profitability.

Why do organizations need to transit to Regenerative practices?

The conversion of land used for conventional farming alone threatens 86% of species at the risk of extinction and accounting for 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Organizations have a unique opportunity to lead the transformation to regenerative agriculture by supporting farmers who adopt these practices. Organization need to work to make agriculture more sustainable by partnering with farmers and forest communities around the world to use methods that protect the land as well as their livelihoods.

Organizations have a unique opportunity to lead the transformation to regenerative agriculture by supporting farmers who adopt these practices. Organization need to work to make agriculture more sustainable by partnering with farmers and forest communities around the world to use methods that protect the land as well as their livelihoods.

Sustainability needs to be a Journey and Regeneration as the Goal.

What are the Challenges in Implementing Land Restoration Projects?

  • Identifying Suitable Projects: One of the primary challenges is identifying and selecting restoration projects that align with the organization’s sustainability goals. These projects need to be not only effective in reducing emissions but also fit the organization’s industry and expertise.
  • Data Collection and Monitoring: Robust data collection and monitoring systems are crucial to track the effectiveness of insetting projects. Organizations must overcome the challenges of collecting accurate data, ensuring data integrity, and implementing monitoring processes that comply with industry standards.
  • Complex Accounting: These projects can involve complex carbon accounting, where organizations must accurately calculate the emissions reductions achieved through their projects.
  • Integration with Operations: Integrating these projects into an organization’s daily operations can be a significant challenge.
  • Measuring Impact: Demonstrating the real impact of projects is a challenge. Organizations must be able to measure and communicate the environmental and social benefits of these projects effectively.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engaging with various stakeholders, including employees, local communities, and customers, is essential for the success of such projects.
  • Regulatory and Compliance Issues: These projects may be subject to various regulatory and compliance requirements, adding complexity to project implementation. Organizations must navigate these requirements to avoid legal and regulatory challenges.
  • Scalability: Scaling up projects to make a significant impact on an organization’s carbon footprint can be challenging.

Digital MRV Solutions from TraceX

15
Farmers
18
Farm Plots
32
Acres of area

Requirement

The organization plans to undertake various interventions so that farmers generate enough income from this land and continue sustainable agriculture further. It plans to capture the KPIs in these sustainability practices and monitor and report the impact so as to scale up the model.

Implementation

The implementation partner involved oversees the various field level activities related to farmer mobilization, farm activities and training.

Technology Solutions

TraceX’s blockchain powered traceability solutions provides the farm level digitization to capture the various practices and the KPIs to realize the sustainability objectives. This encompasses Baselining of 4 major scopes viz. Soil Health, Water Footprint, Biodiversity and Farmer’s profitability.

TraceX's DMRV Solutions

  • Farmer Onboarding and Farm mapping
  • Baselining of Project parameters
  • Crop and Field activity
  • Dashboards and Reporting

Farmer Onboarding and Farm Mapping

Farmer onboarding involves capturing details like Plot ID, Survey number, Farm and Crop area, Water source, soil type, address details, landholding details and production practices. This data is normally inputted through the user-friendly multilingual offline mobile app. The farm plots of each farmer is geo-spatially mapped. Overlapping of farms can be identified based on knowing the details of the already mapped farms. The geo-mapped farms can also be registered for satellite monitoring where parameters like NDVI, Soil moisture and Soil Macro nutrient levels are captured.

Baselining of Project Scopes

Soil Health, Water availability, Biodiversity and Farmer’s profitability are the major baseline indicators measured in the project.

Soil Health – Assessment of Soil parameters and comparison of its trends over the years helps to analyse the land and soil health.

  • Organic Carbon
  • Ph
  • EC
  • Available N, P, K

Water Availability – Soil moisture content and its comparison over years is necessary to construct watersheds and other harvesting structures.

  • Total ground water harvested.
  • Ground water table
  • Soil Moisture

Biodiversity – Assessment of biodiversity parameters and comparison of its trends over the years helps to analyse biodiversity in the project region.

  • Floral species count
  • Faunal species count
  • Soil biota

Farmer Profitability – Capturing the various costs incurred during the project and the revenue generated helps to assess farmer profitability.

  • Cost of Production
  • Productivity
  • Income

 

Crop and Field Activity

Configuration and Monitoring of activities

Farm-Level Activities

  • Silt Application
  • Navadhanya seed application
  • Land Preparation
  • Farmer Trainings

Project-Level Activities

  • Soil Health
  • Water footprint
  • Stakeholder Meetings

Dashboards and Reporting

Reports and Dashboards play a critical role in regenerative agriculture platforms by providing farmers and other stakeholders with key insights and data on various aspects of their operations.

Farmer reports, Soil Reports, Workflow reports, PoP deviation reports, Production cost reports, Harvest reports and Procurement reports are few of the reports generated.

Dashboards provide a clear and concise way to communicate with stakeholders like investors, lenders and customers about the performance and sustainability of their operations.

Training: Regular farmer training programs are held on the ground. Training calendars are configured along with attendance reports.

Benefits of DMRV Solutions

  • Data Accuracy: DMRV solutions provide accurate and reliable data collection, ensuring that organizations have precise information about their environmental impact, emissions, and other key performance indicators.
  • Transparency: DMRV systems enhance transparency in reporting and tracking. This transparency is essential for building trust among stakeholders, customers, and regulatory bodies.
  • Efficiency: By automating data collection and reporting processes, DMRV solutions save time and resources, allowing organizations to focus on improving sustainability and operational efficiency.
  • Cost Reduction: DMRV solutions can help organizations identify areas where they can reduce costs, such as energy consumption, waste management, and emissions control.
  • Sustainability Improvement: DMRV solutions provide insights into an organization’s environmental impact, helping them identify areas for improvement and make informed decisions about sustainability initiatives.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Transparent reporting through DMRV solutions can enhance an organization’s relationship with stakeholders, including customers, investors, and the public.
  • Emissions Reduction: DMRV solutions can track emissions reductions over time, enabling organizations to set and achieve reduction targets.
  • Compliance: DMRV solutions help organizations meet compliance requirements and regulations related to environmental reporting. This is critical for avoiding legal issues and financial penalties.
  • Improved Decision-Making: With access to accurate and timely data, organizations can make data-driven decisions that have a positive impact on the environment and their bottom line.

Win-Win for Both

By leveraging TraceX’s Sustainability and Carbon management platforms, the organization has been able to gain real-time visibility into sustainable farming practices and track and monitor their progress towards carbon neutrality and farmer welfare.

This partnership has demonstrated the powerful impact that technology can have on the agriculture industry and its ability to drive sustainable change and benefit farmers and communities around the world.

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