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Mapping Pathways And Adoption

IndiaSpend in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, is hosting a series of roundtable discussions on Natural Farming.

The Natural Farming Roundtable gathers stakeholders from diverse sectors, including producers, policymakers, academia, retailers, farmer markets, food entrepreneurs, and investors. Its aim is to facilitate discussions on the pivotal role of natural farming in revitalizing India’s agricultural sector.

The third in this series- The Natural Farming Roundtable

Mapping Pathways And Adoption focuses on identifying strategies that will increase adoption of natural farming techniques, spur collaborations between natural farming producers and government agencies, civil society, farmer organizations, retail formats, research institutions and find solutions and ideas that will spark adoption of natural farming.


Shriya Naheta

founder- Zama Organics

Shirish Joshi

Consultant- Organisation Design and Strategic HR

Paula Mariwala

Founder- Aureolis

Jinesh Shah

Co founder- Omnivore partners

Jaideep Bhatia

Co founder and CEO- Uniagri Biosciences Pvt Ltd

Giri Krishnaswamy

Conscious foods

Dr. Dashrath Tambhale

Director Agriculture (ATMA) Maharashtra state

Dilnavaz Variava

Founder & Managing Trustee

Arif Shah

Deputy Director – Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Jaivik Sheti Mission, Dept. of Agriculture, Pune

Anuradha Kanwar Budhraja

director of Kotgarh Fruit Bageecha Pvt. Ltd.


10:15 am – 10:25 am

Welcome note

  • Introduction to the Natural Farming Roundtable
  • Format of the discussion
  • Identify objectives and key takeaways from the discussion.
  • 10:25 am – 10:45 am

    Navigating the Future of Natural Farming

    A snapshot analysis on the progress in adoption of natural farming, identify fault lines and opportunities in context of the current policy landscape.

    10:45 am – 11:15 am

    Shaping the Next Chapter of Natural Farming in Maharashtra:

    Discussion on the ‘Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Jaivik Sheti Mission’ on the promotion of organic farming in Maharashtra

    11:15 am – 11:45 am

    Reimaging Sustainable Food Systems

    In this session we explore the intersection of policy-making and technological advancement in the realm of natural farming and the pivotal role that technology plays in shaping sustainable food systems. From precision agriculture to data-driven insights, the discussants will focus on policy considerations that leverage technology to enhance the efficiency, resilience, and sustainability of natural farming methods.

    11:45 am – 12:15 pm

    Green Harvests, Green Profits: Cultivating Successful Enterprises

    This session will uncover the true costs of running a sustainable agriculture enterprise, and explore the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs, unravel strategies and innovations necessary for enterprises to achieve profitability while staying true to sustainable and natural farming principles. Expect firsthand experiences, implementing effective business models and harnessing market opportunities while prioritizing ecological integrity.

    12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

    Seeding success: Exploring innovative funding models to fuel the expansion and adoption of natural farming enterprises.

    Diverse capital sources, including impact investment, venture capital and innovative funding models, play a critical role in fueling the expansion and development of natural farming enterprises, this session will explore the different capital sources and the transformative potential of aligning financial objectives with environmental and social impact goals. Challenges, contradictions, and biases within the investment committee – nothing is off charts in this discussion.

    12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

    Closing notes and vote of thanks

    Speaker of Event

    11:00 am - 11:15 am

    Opening address

    Introduction to the Indian Climate Leadership and EDIF

    11:15 am - 11:45 am

    Fireside chat

    With Prof. A Jhunjhunwala, President of IIT Madras research and incubation cell. Discussion on the transformative potential of cleantech innovations in bridging the gap between climate action and economic growth.

    11:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Panel discussion

    Role of the private sector in India’s decarbonisation agenda. Integrating decarbonisation into corporate R&D frameworks and targets.

    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Panel discussion

    Directing venture capital and private equity money towards enterprises/innovations that reduce carbon emissions and which drive India’s decarbonization agenda.

    About EDIF:

    Environmental Defense India Foundation (EDIF) is established under Section 8 of the India Companies Act, 2013, is headquartered in Delhi, and operates charitable activities exclusively within India. EDIF’s mission is to support an Indian pathway to shared, sustainable prosperity.  EDIF seeks to bring scientific and economic expertise and a spirit of  diverse, authentic partnerships to advance India’s climate agenda.  Specifically, EDIF will work  to demonstrate the viability of sustainable livelihoods in agriculture, livestock and fisheries, establish shareholder value creation through responsible business, the potential of market forces (carbon & capital) , and the promise of climate tech in India. 

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