Mateusz Ciasnocha is a third-generation farmer operating a 700ha regenerative agricultural business in northern Poland on a mission of transitioning agriculture from conventional to regenerative with farmers at the centre at the pace and scale required to unleash the world’s greatest carbon capture and storage pool: healthy and living agricultural soil. Building on his background, global experiences and networks, as well as commitment to regenerative agriculture, Mateusz – together with his brother, Paweł – set up European Carbon Farmers: a business promoting carbon farming practices in Poland and developing agricultural carbon payment mechanisms. Mateusz is actively involved in the work of the UNFCCC’s COP26 – Climate Champions, where he is the Regenerative Agriculture Fellow, the Economy of Francesco’s Agriculture and Justice Village, where he co-facilitates work of the Startup Stream focused on developing a network of regenerative demo farms, as well as EIT Food, where he manages the regenerative agriculture program in Poland.
By Mateusz Ciasnocha, ARC2020
One of the key learnings of 2021 is the necessity to think AND act in a systemic and holistic way – a manner that builds bridges rather than breaks them down, or questions existing ones.