Sijo Abraham, Shanal Pradhan, Apoorve Khandelwal
March 2023 | Sustainable Food Systems
Suggested citation: Abraham, Sijo, Shanal Pradhan, and Apoorve Khandelwal. 2022. CMRETAC-CEEW. Policy Study on Sustainable Agriculture. Jaipur: Chief Minister's Rajasthan Economic Transformation Council.
This study was done in collaboration with the Chief Minister's Rajasthan Economic Transformation Advisory Council (CMRETAC) to explore the suitability of natural farming in Rajasthan and propose a strategic roadmap for a successful scale-up. A combination of mixed methods was utilised that included a review of prominent state initiatives on sustainable agriculture, an assessment of the state's agriculture sector using more than 100 indicators, primary survey with CSOs, field visits to districts in four different agro-climatic zones, and state-level roundtables and workshops to co-create the roadmap.
Our study analysed the suitability of natural farming using three parameters: expected benefits, risk of unfavourable trade-offs, and ease of implementation or adoption. It recommends scaling up natural farming in a phased manner with adequate risk mitigation plans and provides actionable inputs for a suitable institutional structure and budget requirements.
Potential power subsidy savings under different policy scenarios
Source: Authors’ analysis
Regions selected for scale-up of NF
Source: Authors’ recommendations from the literature review, consultations, and field observations