SAA considers the mainstreaming of Regenerative Agriculture (RA) as an important pillar of its new Strategic Plan (2021-2025). Environmentally, RA seeks to increase soil fertility by increasing soil microorganisms and sequestering carbon dioxide, so as to improve the physical structure of soils, increase water retention capacity, and reduce soil erosion and topsoil dispersal caused by strong winds.
Taking into consideration the various factors surrounding rural Africa, SAA aims to establish sustainable and robust agriculture which could address global environmental issues such as drought and soil degradation by combining CA (minimum tillage, mulching, crop diversification) and ISFM. This approach restores soil fertility while optimizing the application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and improves the agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers. It also helps reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emitted from agricultural land, ultimately helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.
A woman farmer hosting a demonstration plot for improved malt barley variety (Ethiopia)