- We aim for bottom-up development which creates independence, awareness/knowledge, and self-sufficiency within the rural communities we work with (institutional empowerment)
- We also take the environment and climate change into account and promote organic farming practices. We want to create a future-ready world.
- We further promote (women) equality within the rural communities (institutional empowerment).
We implement our vision through innovative sustainable agricultural business and marketing models. Currently, we have 4 projects we work on. Link to Reset, Hesperidin, ZBNF, and PMKSY. We create opportunities to re-connect producers to consumers, to their natural environment, and to their own community. This is not another organic farmer mobilization and training project. We have been there, done that, and learned our lessons. This is an attempt at helping an emergent ecosystem of regenerative global value chains flourish. In our intervention the attempt to bring about change in the existing power relations is crucial. We aim to help small organic farmers build a cohesive platform to voice out their interests vis a vis both public and private sector powers. We use innovative and multi-stakeholder value proposition as a tool.
Sanne Van Den Dungen
Director - Sustainability
Sanne Van Den Dungen has MSc in Plant Sciences with a specialization in nutrient management and smallholder farming systems. She is an expert in sustainability across cotton supply chains and has an extensive knowledge and experience on Cradle to Cradle and Circular economy and restorative business concepts that is gained from years of work experience at EPA.
Gijs Spoor is a pioneer in organic cotton programs and founded two biggest organic cotton programs - Chetna Organic Cotton and Zameen Organic. He received the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship as recognition for his unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and innovative solutions to social problems.
Madhur Gandhi is a recent graduate with MSc. Agrofood Chain from the University of Toulouse III, Toulouse, France. He is passionate about sustainable cropping systems and agroecology.
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Linking Andhra with Europe via organic T-shirts
Featured in The Hindu
Social entrepreneurs Aneel Kumar Ambavaram and Sarat Gidda from Andhra Pradesh have successfully sold 40,000 T-shirts made of organic cotton grown in fully organic village Enabavi of Warangal by 50 farmers in the Netherlands in 2014 and 2015.
The Ultimate Win-Win Solution in India’s Cotton Belt
Featured in Sourcing Journal
To help the cotton industry revert to farming methods that work in balance with nature, I have partnered with agriculture experts in India’s cotton belt to co-create a program known as RESET (Regenerate Environment Society and Economy thru Textiles).
Connecting Farmers in Andhra Pradesh to the Europe Market
Featured inThe Better India
We consume about 14 grams of pesticide in a day. Organic food costs less to produce and hence increases the farmer’s profit.