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Travel workshop to CRZBNF areas in Andhra Pradesh

A travel workshop to the areas of Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh for mutual learning and long term engagement


Andhra Pradesh has long experience of large scale programme on sustainable agriculture, in the past i.e., Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture. The large scale programme of Government of Andhra Pradesh aiming to shift 6 million farmers from chemical farming to natural farming has attracted the attention of the many. The newly launched Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (CRZBNF) programme aims at internalising the input use, maximising the land use and increasing soil organic matter by adopting various agroecological approaches. The program is also unique in terms of using experienced farmers as resource persons and program managed through the community institutions. Three years of its implementation, with the engagement of many CSOs, Research and UN bodies provides fertile ground for understanding the challenges in scaling up of alternative agriculture extension programme, as solution to current economic and ecological crisis in agriculture.

In order to strengthen this initiative, the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) engaged in this programme are looking forward for the learnings from the experiences of others from across the country.


In this context, CSOs would like to invite NGOs, academicians, practitioners, researchers and journalists from across the country to come and see the programme on the ground and seek their suggestions for further strengthening the programme.

The 3-day travel workshop will cover various dimensions of the programme like: farmer to farmer extension model, adoption of various agro ecological practices, response of the farmers and initial results, integrating research and science in the programme, resource requirements and mobilising the resources for the programme.

Hosting team and others who are part of the programme are very keen on learning from the experiences of various grounded models from across the country and look for long term engagement.

Host organisations:

Centre of Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), WASSAN, Accion Fraterna Ecology Centre.


About 25 Practitioners of agro ecology, Academicians, Researchers, Policy analysts and Journalists.

Acceptance of participation on first come first basis. Therefore, early confirmation is solicited.

Schedule of the workshop:

Brief introduction about the programme

Field visits and interaction with farmers: both chemical and natural farming practitioners / CRPs/ Natural Farming Fellows/ input shops and women sanghas and farmer producer organisations and bio diversity blocks.

Interaction with the thematic teams, CSOs, Rytu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS), and Azim Premji Philantropic Initiatives (APPI) who are engaged in ideating and grounding the programme; and feedback from the participants and plans for long term engagement.

We are working to ensure that concerned senior team would be present from RySS and APPI.

Dates and location:

12th November to 14th November 2019. Anantapuramu.

Participants have to Reach Accion Fraterna Ecology Centre, Anantapuramu, by 1200 hrs on 12 November 2019 and can plan to leave after 1200 hrs on 14th November 2019.

Nearest Railway station and Bustation is Anantapuram and nearest Airport is Bangalore (3 hrs drive).

Travel and Logistics:

Local travel and hospitality costs will be borne by organisers.

Participants have to meet their travel costs from source to destination and return.

Contact Numbers: Lakshmi 09985016637 or Chandrakala 09000005840

Link and Mail ID/registration form: or write to