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Benefits and Barriers: Regenerative Grazing Systems in Argentina

Exploring real-world issues facing land stewards with the Regen Network Science Team

From left to right, upper: Ignacio Lahitte (agronomist), Carmen Piñeiro (holistic farmer), Jeronimo Sanchez Acosta (AGRAS Argentina, PRV farmer), Sebastián Agliano (veterinarian), Jorge Firpo (Fénix), Mariano Haguaard (veterinarian), Marco de Santis (agronomist), Paola Roccatagliata (farmer); Lower: Martina Corti Maderna (veterinarian student), Belen Zimmermann (veterinarian student), Florencia Trejo (Fénix), Fernando García Llorente (Fénix), Gisel Booman (RND Inc.), Ignacio Zimmermann (farmer, owner of San Antonio property)
Upper: Healthy grass fed cattle, some of them looking curiously to Gisel´s camera. The vegetation in this paddock is a natural grassland, which was formerly overgrazed. Below: After three cycles of holistic management, the vegetation biodiversity is showing clear signs of recovery. Grassland species with higher forage value are becoming more abundant despite the hard winter days. Left: Distichlis spicata Right: Sporobolus indicus, losing predominance due to the increasing cover of high forageous value species like Festuca arundinacea (C3), Lotus sp. (leguminous), Cynodon dactylon (C4, looking yellow due to recent frosts) and Sporobolus indicus.
From left to right: Carmen Piñeiro (farmer), Fernando García Llorente (Fenix), Ignacio Zimmermann ( farmer, owner of San Antonio), Alejandro Tezanos Pintos (PRV Argentina), Jeronimo Sanchez Acosta (AGRAS Argentina)
  • The up-front costs of project implementation and data collection for MRV are often too high for land stewards and project developers to enroll their project, resulting in fewer crediting projects on-boarding. Early funding mechanisms could alleviate the high up-front costs. These mechanisms could include selling ex-ante credits based on predicted outcomes, selling credits via forward contracts, data collection grants, or direct investment from buyers.
  • Legacy VCM standards place too much financial risk on land stewards! Though buffer pools serve as a tool to mitigate the general and project-specific risk factors, including the overall uncertainty risk in GHG estimates and uncontrollable losses, land stewards are still required to assume risk which is challenging when extreme climatic events are becoming more frequent. Solutions to these challenges are ongoing discussions that need to be addressed as a community. We will be addressing this actively by facilitating open conversations between our land stewards, buyers, curators, advisors, and project developers to find the right balance between liability, risk prevention and incentives.
  • The 25 year permanence requirement is a long time period for producers. At RND, we are assessing how to improve these requirements so that it becomes more flexible for allowing transitioning onto practices that qualify as regenerative during the course of the 25 year project permanence term.

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A blockchain network of ecological knowledge changing the economics of regenerative agriculture to reverse global warming.