Although based on ancestral and traditional principles of many cultures, syntropic farming was formalized and promoted by Ernst Götsch, a Swiss farmer who has worked for decades on his farm in Southern Bahia, Brazil.

Götsch combined agroecological principles with techniques inspired by tropical forests, creating an innovative and regenerative agricultural system that mimics the structure and function of natural ecosystems. On his farm, Götsch implemented practices such as cultivating multiple layers of vegetation and using soil management techniques to regenerate degraded land.

His pioneering work has been instrumental in the development and dissemination of syntropic farming as a sustainable and promising practice in modern agriculture.