Rubén Borge Robles from Spain has a MSc in International Land and Water management (Wageningen University) and BSc in Agricultural engineering (León University). Ruben studies, simplifies, and spreads technology to support healthy local food and water systems in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In 2012, he initiated Rockinsoils a small consultancy in organic farming that gives farming families better access to information and skills to regenerate their farms, soils and hence their communities.
Rockinsoils integrates simple techniques to manage water, nutrients and crops and increase wealth of farming communities. All the techniques are easily accessible to any producer in any country. His trainings focus on the production and use of compost, bio-fertilizers, minerals and plant extracts. He also coaches farmer organizations to record and share their experiences within their own communities and build up local knowledge centers and small businesses. In 2020 he was awarded with a Doctor Honoris Causa for its contribution to the discipline of agriculture by the government of Mexico.
The Indian government's agricultural policies are primarily focused on the promotion of
conventional agriculture, on monocropping production schemes paired with chemical
agricultural inputs into the food production system. These practices had led to an increasing soil
fertility problem in India over the last decades. As a consequence, there has been a rapid
increase in the number of Indian farmers and state governments adopting and promoting
regenerative agricultural practices. This has increased awareness about sustainable agriculture
among farmers that live in rural areas where access to information about these practices is
limited or nonexistent.
Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. Agriculture in India is largely dependent on manual labour and hand tools, as mechanised farming methods are not commonly used. Although in other parts of rural India farmers use hand tools for many farming operations, in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand manual agriculture is still the most common practice.