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Launch of the Franco-Indian foresight project "ZBFN-Andhra 2050"

by Arancha Sánchez - published on



The kick-off meeting of the project "Foresight ZBNF-Andhra 2050" took place on December 18 at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, India. This project aims to carry out a collective retro-prospective study (from the 1960s to 2050) on structural changes in agriculture, employment and income inequality in this State of South India (90 millions inhabitants in 2018), notably by testing a scenario of future conversion of all farmers to a form of agroecology called “ZBNF” (Zero Budget Natural Farming). This scenario could be the first Indian – and even worldwide – scenario of large-scale agroecological transition, which led to being selected as one of the ten most promising projects out of all presented at the first World Peace Forum that was held in Paris from 11 to 13 November 2018. The project "Foresight ZBNF-Andhra 2050" is co-financed by the government of Andhra Pradesh (via its RySS organization supported by the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives), CIRAD and FAO . Its expected duration is two years (from October 2018 to December 2020), and its scientific direction is provided by Bruno Dorin (Cirad-CIRED and CSH at New Delhi) and the adaptation of his quantitative tool/model "Agribiom" aiming to assist foresights and implementations of collective desired futures (see article Modeling world agriculture as a learning machine from mainstream models to Agribiom 1.0 by B. Dorin and PB Joly, to be published in 2019 in the journal Land Use Policy).


Crédit photo: ZBNF website