Thereby, carbon nutrient in the waste gets back to the soil to enhance agricultural production. The two Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) projects “Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector” and “Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security (ProSoil)” support the implementation. Both projects are part of the special initiative “One World – No Hunger” led by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ develops business models such as the city compost model reaching the farmers and improving their soils, builds capacities for quality assurance of compost and conducts pilot interventions for innovative products made of waste.

Some of the compost is further processed into value-added products such as phosphate rich organic manure (PROM), to which nutrients have been added. Its quality is certified by HARIT – an initiative of the State of Maharashtra. Farmers’ groups buy such products in bulks to reduce their costs and distribute them to their farming members.