Carbon farming: OCP achieves a first in Brazil

In partnership with Bioline by Invivo, Agrorobótica and Sementes Tropical, the OCP Group is launching the first cultivation and carbon certification project with the aim of supporting sustainable agriculture in Brazil. This partnership will encourage regenerative agricultural practices to improve yield and soil quality through personalized, crop-specific digital solutions.

The OCP Group is taking a first step towards carbon sequestration in the soil, by launching a partnership in Brazil alongside the farmers’ cooperative Bioline by Invivo and the agritech company “Agrorobótica”. And this for an initial project of cultivation and carbon certification in the “Matto Grosso”, the agricultural region which produces most of the cereals and livestock products of the country.

Initially, the project will cover cotton, soybean and corn cultivation areas, crops representative of Brazilian agriculture. Hanane Mourchid, Chief sustainability officer of OCP Group, says that “OCP Group promotes regenerative agricultural practices in Brazil, Africa and many parts of the world by supporting farmers through training, deploying the 4R approach and encouraging innovation.

This large-scale project will create new income for our farmers by rewarding them for their efforts to contribute to global climate action. The project is a concrete way to explore the potential of agriculture as a natural carbon sink and will help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement”. The farmer selected for this project, Sementes Tropical, is one of the first Brazilian agricultural companies to adopt new technologies in agriculture.

Its executive director Victor Griesang explained that “we are very happy to be able to participate in this project. We are very interested in developing ourselves in a sustainable way. We want to learn new methods, measure new points, discover new technologies and adapt to environmentally friendly agricultural production”.

OCP, the world leader in plant nutrition and the world’s leading producer of phosphate fertilizers, thus confirms its strategy aimed at leading a sustainable transformation of agriculture and encouraging innovative practices to improve yields and soil quality.

This partnership will encourage regenerative agricultural practices to improve yield and soil quality through personalized, crop-specific digital solutions. For Laurent Martel, Managing Director of Bioline by InVivo, “Carbon farming is an emerging model that must be tested in different experimental fields, alongside other tools to finance the transition, and a global approach is essential to identify the best approaches.

We expect a lot from our partnership with the OCP Group through this pilot project which will feed our knowledge base to create and accelerate the deployment of solutions that will help farmers regenerate the environment and diversify their income”.

In practice the project will apply Agrorobótica’s AI-driven soil analysis tool (Laser Induced Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry -LIBS-) to measure and verify carbon content and sequestration potential . Fábio Angelis, founder and CEO of Agrorobótica, assured that “the purpose of Agrorobotica is to contribute to food security and to the mitigation of the effects of climate change on our planet”.

Note that LIBS is an analytical technique that uses a high-focus laser beam to create a micro-plasma on the surface of the soil sample, in order to determine its elemental composition without generating harmful chemical residues. This allows a farmer to adopt the best regenerative practices necessary for sustainable agriculture.

These practices enhance the soil’s carbon sequestration capacity while improving its health and fertility, which in turn reduces carbon dioxide emissions, supports food security and helps increase farmers’ incomes. The carbon credits generated by this project constitute a source of income for the farmer. They will also be put forward by the OCP Group to achieve its own carbon neutrality objectives by 2040.

Sanae Raqui / ECO Inspirations

Carbon farming: OCP achieves a first in Brazil