Category: agriculture

Vetiver System and Fishponds

We have good feedback from Vietnam that Vetiver Grass will clean up fish ponds. More on this later in the year. In the mean time here is a snippet from David Booth in Indonesia: “We have also had very good…

The Vital Importance of Soil and Water Conservation In the Tropics.

Famines in Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda. Floods in Bangladesh, Brazil and China. Mudslides in Central America, the Philippines, Peru and California. Toxic leachate from mine dumps poisoning water tables. Effluent from garbage dumps, landfills, feedlots and farms polluting the groundwater,…

Vetiver Activities in North Africa and the Mediterranean

The Vetiver Network International has four directors responsible for activities in different regions of the world. Here follows a short report from Criss Juliard that gives an idea of some of the activities going on in North Africa. Criss can…

Tales from Madagascar

It is always good to start the new year with some good news about vetiver. We know it is difficult to get things done in Africa, but Criss Juliard’s account from the field in Madagascar gives hope that when a…

Vetiver System and Looming Food Crisis

With the sharp increase in food prices around the world, a growing hunger problem, and global warming, it is important that we do all we can to improve sustainable agriculture output. Most of the increases in productivity have to come…

Vetiver System supports Ethiopian farmers

In 1996 the Vetiver Network provided a grant to a German NGO (Munchen fur Munchen (MFM)) to develop a vetiver program for soil and water conservation in the Mettu area of Iluubabor Province of Ethiopia (Illubabor Province is located in…

Managing Vetiver in cool climates

Growing vetiver hedges in temperate climates presents some different and even difficult problems from the wet tropics. In Northern New Zealand, vetiver hedges grow exceedingly well in the summer months, but during their winter dormancy they present a very different…

Vetiver System – In their own words

Back in 1996 The Vetiver Network made a grant to Munchen fur Munchen (a German NGO working in Mettu, western Ethiopia, to support and expand its vetiver based soil conservation program. Twelve years later: From Debela Dinka – Sustainable Land…

Economic and Financial Crisis

The current economic and financial crisis is not going to go away in the near future and we may have it with us for a long time.  Government authorities will be strapped for funding and they will be looking for…

WE CANNOT WAIT FOREVER!

When I first started my professional career as a conservationist and agriculturist in Zambia in the early 1960’s soil erosion was a major problem. Nearly 50 years later world wide erosion is worse. When I worked in Ethiopia 40 years…