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Abundance Farming Project

Abundance Farming Project enables subsistence farmers in developing economies to offset the impact of water scarcity and increase food crop yields, using a starch-based biodegradable superabsorbent soil amendment, distributed through established NGOs.

Nonprofit Type: International

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principal contact:Paul Osterlund
email:[email protected]
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Stretch scarce resources with green technical solutions


Offset water scarcity so poor farming households in developing economies grow their way out of poverty.


AFP, a non-profit organization, provides a technical solution to rain-fed farmers who face shortages in rain, and depend on rainfall to grow the food their household consumes. AFP provides a safe biodegradable superabsorbent soil amendment, previously reserved for agribusiness, and now available to NGOs and aid agencies serving poor farmers in India, Africa and South America.

The AFP innovation is getting the solution where it is most needed; bring to subsistence farmers the first biodegradable superabsorbent soil product made from common corn starch, that can enable crops to survive between scarce rainfall. Zeba™ superabsorbent granules mix with the soil and work by absorbing 500 times their mass in water, so when it rains they store water, then between rains, slowly release 95% of the water. Continuing for a year and more, each hydration cycle stores then releases water and soluble nutrients as the plant needs it. The granules ultimately biodegrade, feeding the micro-organisms in the soil. With basic rain-fed farming, this unique starch-based product offers a way for food crops to survive intermittent rain fall and increase crop yields, so subsistence farmers facing water scarcity, grow their way out of poverty.