The Restore with ZFPA program serves as a catalyst for city, national, and regional efforts to subsidize regenerative farmers helping to increase the beneficial ecosystem services provided by agriculture - specifically to advance climate action via improvements in soil health and sequestering atmospheric carbon.
Since June 2021, ZFPA has been collecting pledges and donations from restaurants and supporting partners for the Restore Fund.Why is the Restore Fund necessary?
As the climate crisis deepens, farmers are being hit first and hardest. Not only are farmers’ livelihood affected, but we as consumers also have to suffer the high cost of food due to the volatile state of weakened agricultural output.
Ancestral foodways know healthy soil is the building block for healthy ingredients and a balanced ecosystem. But industrial agriculture has impaired soils ability to grow nourishing food and this system has fostered unjust competition. This is why subsidizing farmers to implement climate-positive practices is necessary in order to reverse the damage that decades of conventional chemical farming has done to our food, our health, and our planet.
Zero Foodprint Asia’s Restore Fund helps to set the trajectory for a renewable food future that honours the work of farmers not only as food producers, but as stewards to our planet's ecosystem.
How will farmers benefit from this program?
To help your farm transition to regenerative farming, you will be paired with a Technical Assistant Provider, or Soil Health Advisor.
Short-term and long-term benefits to adopting regenerative practices include (but not limited to):
healthier soil is correlated with tastier, more
reduces vulnerability to droughts and floods,
crops become more resilient to climate change
healthier soil boosts plant-defense mechanisms, making plants more resistant and/ less attractive to harmful pests, minimizing loss for farmers
input costs (including manpower) are reduced, allowing for agricultural businesses to become more profitable
increases the % of food grown locally, strengthening local food ways and food security
Our partner soil health experts and advisors will help you monitor, track and measure the increase in soil microbiology, and other ecosystem impacts such water, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration potentials on your farms over time.
This is for the purpose of:
data collection of the impacts that regenerative practices have on Asia's soils
understanding how to adopt regenerative applications on Asia’s context
communicating progress on the farm, allowing farmers to visualize the impacts