Levers for Change

To begin, we are using the word “Lever” to mean a key area of focus where investors and philanthropists can leverage their resources to spur transformational action to increase adoption of regenerative agriculture.

A lever is a big category of work - an envelope that contains a diverse array of strategies and associated specific actions. So, for example, if Policy is the lever, Municipal Action might be one of the strategies used to pull that lever, and local composting facilities would be an associated specific action.

When we talk about “Strategic Initiatives,” we mean actual pathways for using group exploration, philanthropy, investment, and other forms of action to achieve specific outcomes over a specific period of time using one or more levers for change.

We aim for the list below to include all of the big categories of work that will help us scale the field of regenerative agriculture in the next five years, but fully expect that FORA may ultimately choose to prioritize some over others.

Peer learning programs and trusted land management technical assistance can help increase adoption of agricultural innovations because land stewards and farmers learn best from peers who have already demonstrated success. Moreover, farmers are experts and should be instrumental in designing training programs. Producers prefer farm-based knowledge sharing, trusted soil conservation experts and extension agents, and on-farm experimentation. By supporting innovative farmer and indigenous land-based networks and training programs in key geographies, we can demonstrate and communicate early success – a critical prerequisite to implementing policies, supply chain transformations, and financing.

Photo Credits

Banner: Sheep in Vineyard by Alicia Arcidiacono | Eggs by Kendra Kimbirauskas