Category: agriculture

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…

Philippines – Farmer Feedback on the use of Vetiver – what they thought of Vetiver in the 1990s

The following are observations by Vetiver) users given  during a 1996 community workshop at Matalom, Leyte, Philippines. Note in this part of the Philippines vetiver is known as “Mura” or “Mora”. (Prepared by , Program Field Coordinator, FARMI, ViSCA, Baybay,…

CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM FOR VETIVER INITIATIVES

We welcome the initiative of the Vietnam Vetiver Network for setting up a crowdfunding platform for global vetiver initiatives. Vietnam is a coastal state, three quarters of which is made up of low mountains and hilly regions. An average of 10 typhoons and tropical depression hit…

Black Vetiver – Chrysopogon nigritanus

More on Chrysopogon nigritanus.  I have continued investigations into this species of vetiver – common name ”Black vetiver”. It is found in nearly all sub-saharan African countries generally in association with river flood plain and seasonally flooded areas. For example the peripheral  areas…

The Role of Hedgerows in Agriculture

Woody hedgerows have played a vital role in English agriculture for centuries. Originally planted to primarily demarcate land holdings and to contain livestock movement  and side benefits not fully understood until recently following studies undertaken as a result of alarm…

Vetiver Grass Technology – some random observations

Without soil and water there will be no photosynthesis and no life on this planet. Both are becoming degraded and in short supply globally — Vetiver Grass Technology (VGT) can improve both and deserves government focus and support.” agriculture, climate change, erosion, forage, plant, slope…