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Natural Farming in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals

By 2024, the A.P. government and APNCF (A.P. Community Natural Farming) hope to convert 8 million acres of land and 6.5 million farmers to natural farming. Natural farming is more efficient and requires less energy. Conventional systems emit 40% of greenhouse gases. According to Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, natural farming produces the same amount of production as conventional farming. Natural farming offers a healthy environment with no or low use of external inputs. To avoid the ill effects of conventional farming, we need to adopt chemical-free agriculture for safe food and better health. Natural farming has the potential to mitigate climate change and reduce GHG emissions. Natural farming has the potential to help achieve the goal of sustainable development.