Agricultural production in Serbia faces many challenges in terms of sustainability, resilience, and profitability. Regenerative agriculture, i.e. measures that are understood as regenerative provide significant answers to these challenges, from achieving high and stable yields through increasing biodiversity and improving soil quality on individual farms, to the wider context related to the reduction of carbon emissions.
The Institute for Development and Innovation became one of the founders of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance of Serbia together with the partner organizations ABE (Association of Balkan Eco-Innovations), the company GILAB, and the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, all with the support of farmers who already apply regenerative agricultural methods in their production.
The mission of Alliance is related to exploring solutions to systemic problems through cooperation between the economy, academic community, public sector, farmers’ associations, civil society, and other interested actors, with a vision of sustainable, economically stable, and developed agricultural production, based on regenerative principles, which enables domestic farmers to be in an independent, resilient and stable position.
Activities of the Alliance are carried out through five working groups. IRI leads a working group related to financial support mechanisms and other social incentives for regenerative agriculture. The plan for 2024 is to engage as many interested parties as possible, establish continuity of work, and implement a significant number of activities such as holding lectures, training, and workshops, creating educational and informative materials, and establishing demo farms.