Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh

Selected at the 2018 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2019

Project led by : 

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Geographical Area

Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh (ZBNF) enables farmers to improve soil fertility, reduce costs and risks drastically, reduce irrigation requirement, and increase yields on a large scale while preserving the quality of the production.


Presented as the future of farming, rooted in Indian tradition, Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) consists of a chemical-free agriculture practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle and build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density. The initiative helps securing future food security through continuously increasing soil organic matter, water-holding capacity and biodiversity in nature. The key innovation is that the ZBNF best-practitioner farmers are playing the central role in taking the program to other farmers. Their success in knowledge dissemination is phenomenal.

Initiated in June 2015, the program currently covers 163,034 farmers in 972 villages of Andhra Pradesh. It was taken up by Government of Andhra Pradesh for 500,000 farmers to ensure farmers’ and consumers’ welfare, and most importantly, food security for present and future generations. Consequently, it now seeks to scale-up significantly to reach out to more farmers in India and beyond. Indeed, the program intends to cover 6 million farmers and around 8 million hectares of land in Andhra Pradesh state of India under Natural Farming practices by 2024.

The Scale-up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides tailored advice and support in several areas: increasing the project’s visibility through strategic advice in the area of communication and strengthening the research and impact stream of the work conducted.


The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) is implementing Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) Program, through Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (corporation for farmers’ empowerment), for enhancing farmers and consumers welfare.

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