Rubén Borges Robles

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.
March 27, 2023

Zooming into the main cropping patterns in India

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.
March 20, 2023

Women friendly agricultural hand tool to improve the quality of life of rural women farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkand, India

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.