Strengthening Farmers for a Sustainable Future

Why Carbon?

Climate change has posed a significant threat to agri-food systems, especially in highly vulnerable smallholder farming regions like India. While agriculture contributes about 16% of gross greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in India, it is also a substantial sink for mitigating climate change through regenerative farming practices. However, the adoption of these practices has been slow due to capacity gaps and lack of incentives, despite such conservation agriculture practices being promoted by many research organizations. Linking smallholder farmers to carbon marketplace will lead to a pull to adopt regenerative farming practices, leading to additional income and co-benefits for farmers. With a cash incentive, the smallholder farmers will adopt these regenerative practices and make agriculture a solution for GHG mitigation.

How It Works?

Get paid for the Regenerative Agriculture practices that you adopt to mitigate Greenhouse Gases.

Sign-up for the program

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Implement regenerative agriculture practices like Reduced Tillage, Dry/Direct Seeding of Rice etc

Get paid via Carbon Credits

How do Farmers Benefit?

Additional Income

Good Soil Health

Water Use Efficiency

Sustainable Food & Fiber

Frequently asked Questions

The word 'Carbon' in 'Carbon Marketplace' refers to carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) - the most common greenhouse gas (GHG). Carbon marketplaces enable reducing carbon emissions by paying for a carbon credit that a separate party has sequestered.

A carbon credit is a digital certificate generated after rigorous monitoring and verification of the adopted regenerative practices. Linkage of agriculture to carbon markets can provide a new source of income for farmers who implement such practices that reduce GHG emissions or sequester (retain) carbon. Important buyers of the carbon credits are private firms and NGOs seeking to voluntarily contribute to sustainable development.

No. The price of carbon credits depends on their quality. A high-quality carbon credit is real, additional, transparent, measurable, and permanent. Rigorous monitoring and verification must also ensure there is no leakage from carbon projects and the credits are not double counted. Additional co-benefits to society and biodiversity also add to the value of carbon credits.

According to standards, the carbon credit generated is to be validated and verified by globally recognized third party agencies.

This program enables farmers to participate in the voluntary carbon markets to earn additional income from adopting regenerative agricultural practices. The program will also provide the farmers with technical information and digital tools to make informed decisions.

Carbon credits are freely traded on a marketplace, and their price varies with supply and demand. Typically, the price ranges from $10-15 per ton of CO 2 -equivalent. For example, if a farmer with 3 ha land earns 2 carbon credits per ha, the potential income would be up to ₹ 6,750. A nominal fee may be deducted from the carbon credit payments to the farmer to cover the cost of running the program.

Yes, we understand. By making it simple to register, monitor, verify, and report the good agricultural practices, Grow Indigo would help the farmers to get started with generating carbon credits. These credits will result in additional income for the farmer - up to ₹ 3,000 per hectare (as per initial estimates if the farmer adopts a complete package of practices).

Participation in the carbon marketplace is voluntary, but for farmers to benefit they will have to make a commitment for fixed number of years to continue to benefit from Carbon Credit payments.

No. Grow Indigo's technological innovation allows for small farms to group into a single project, hence delivering the benefits of economies of scale to smallholder farmers. The cost of monitoring is optimized by employing technology and statistical sampling methods.

Voluntary carbon markets pay farmers for carbon credits generated by the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. All such marketplaces are privately-run schemes. This will be the first program of its kind in India that brings the benefits of a carbon marketplace to smallholder farmers at scale. Without impacting any existing government regulations, this program will provide additional income to participating farmers while also addressing climate change.

Expected outcomes from the program are as follows:

1. Improve farm profitability

a. Increase income with Carbon marketplace by increasing the carbon in your soil or reducing GHG emissions
b. Reduce herbicide and fertilizer input costs with more resilient soil
c. Reduce fuel usage from fewer tillage passes

2. Improve soil health

a. Improve water availability during drought
b. Reduce erosion and retain more nitrogen

3. Reduce air pollution

4. Halt declining water tables

5. Improve environmental and human health