A request for applications (RFA) has been issued by PepsiCo, Inc. and the AgMission initiative to accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia for corn, wheat, oats, canola, sugar beets, and soy. Through this RFA, AgMission and PepsiCo said they would award up to $6 million, and each recipient could get up to $1.5 million.
According to the organizations, they are looking for research that will identify “climate-smart” and “regenerative” practices that improve farmers’ resilience to extreme weather in particular cropping systems and regions while also keeping an eye on whether or not they have an effect on emissions of greenhouse gases. AgMission stated that it is interested in projects that document the impact on farm economic and environmental resilience and drive practice adoption across additional lands.
According to AgMission’s program director Allison Thomson, the adoption of climate-smart agriculture must be accelerated with the help of everyone. In addition, Allison Thomson stated that they would like researchers to collaborate with stakeholder communities in order to increase the rate at which practices are adopted and to include a wide range of farmer demographics in the efforts to implement and reach out to them. This joint RFA with PepsiCo has the potential to accelerate these efforts and improve their comprehension of the adoption of climate-smart practices.
According to Margaret Henry, PepsiCo’s senior director of sustainable agriculture strategy and external engagement, one of their most important PepsiCo Positive goals is to keep farmers farming in the face of climate change challenges. Margaret Henry said that in order to build a resilient food system, they need to work with farmers and implementers and learn from the research to come up with effective and scalable ways to help people adopt climate-smart farming practices.
The organizations say that the proposals that are submitted should compare the climate-smart and regenerative practice system to other practice systems that represent the region’s current or past management. For this project, applicants are not required to obtain matching funds. The match will be provided by the World Farmers’ Organization and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, AgMission’s founding partners.u “
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