Category: agriculture

The Vetiver System supports Community Resilience at a time of uncertainty – Part I – The Farm

I propose to write about how the Vetiver System can help build up community resilience in these uncertain times when many communities can expect little support from government or others to deal with increasing problems created by climate change, continuing…

Restoring Our Watershed

Restoring Our Watershed is an organization in Costa Rica that is working with Communities to restore the degraded land and groundwater in northwest Costa Rica.  The heart and soul of its strategy is empowering families to control erosion and capture…

Vetiver System – Vetiver Grass Technology Applications

Vetiver Grass is an absolute unique plant for many reasons, but its most impressive characteristics are that it can be grown successfully in virtually every country with a warm to hot climate, and for a large range of different applications…

VETIVER FOR STEM BORER CONTROL OF RICE

Twenty counties in China’s Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces are planting vetiver as an ecological engineering method (trap crop) for the control of two stem borer species – Chilo suppressalis (striped stem borer) and Sesamia inferens (pink stem borer). The results are very encouraging and…

A Basis for Action: PPBES Report – Worsening Worldwide Land Degradation Now ‘Critical’, Undermining Well-Being of 3.2 Billion People

Press release from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – March 2018 – see: https://www.ipbes.net/news/media-release-worsening-worldwide-land-degradation-now-%E2%80%98critical%E2%80%99-undermining-well-being-32 “Rapid expansion and unsustainable management of croplands and grazing lands is the most extensive global direct driver of land degradation, causing significant loss…