Fostering profitable regenerative agriculture
What we do
At RegeMena, we seek to mitigate agricultural inefficiencies and regenerate ecosystems by testing and developing profitable models of regenerative agriculture.
Why we do it
Desertification and climate change are issues that need to be addressed. The “profitable” component of the project ensures that practices are adopted, while its “ecological” component guarantees the resilience of agricultural production.
How we do it
RegeMena combines practices of regenerative agriculture with low-cost, high-tech sensor technology. We use the collected data to monitor, improve and share the results of our techniques. Working on different sites allows us to develop a methodology that is not site specific.
Increasingly limited fresh water
Water – and in particular, fresh water – is a resource that will be at the center of our attention as the world population increases, and with it its thirst and hunger.
Widespread youth unemployment
Youth unemployment is at the root of many social issues in the MENA region. University graduates are not spared by this trend and women are particularly affected.
Untapped resources and waste streams
Abundant, unsorted waste streams, on the one hand, and general suboptimal use of resources, on the other, exact a heavy toll on the environment, people’s health and wallets.
Dwindling margins for farmers
The meager benefits brought by fertilizers and pesticides are usually cancelled out by their monetary costs and relativized by their long-term consequences for nature, as well as for the health of animals and humans.
A proposed solution:
A Combination of Regenerative Agriculture and IT
Efficient capture & use of water
Catching and storing rainwater and cultivating crops adapted to the region’s different climates are ways to prevent water competition between the agricultural sector and households, as a start.
Creation of locally relevant know-how and skills
Whether it’s finding the right combination of plants to create soil, increase yield per unit water and labor, or developing a sensor infrastructure to monitor progress, it’s about creating, developing, and honing skills in a challenging environment.
Efficient resource management
Waste can be revalued and repurposed or, alternatively, factored out of the production processes. Creative thinking will make one man’s trash everyone’s treasure.
Little to no dependency on inputs
By moving away from monocultures and by selecting species with greater affinity to local conditions, the farmer can do away with most or all of the expenses dedicated to the chemical fertility and prevention of pests.
Why a cooperative?
RegeMena’s legal structure reflects the idea of bringing a variety of member projects together to collaborate in the development of regenerative agriculture practices. A project typically obtains support from the cooperative and, in return, shares its collected data so that it can benefit the other members.
We combat desertification by implementing water harvesting and infiltration techniques that favor the growth of plants which, in turn, results in richer biodiversity.
A richer biodiversity equates to a number of active ecological processes that not only replace pesticides and chemical fertilizers, but also support growth and create more reliable yields.
By systematically documenting our experiments, we create reproducible and transferable know-how that facilitates the entry of new participants in the field of regenerative agriculture.