Category: water

Fighting Climate Change in Africa

It is a real pleasure to see the progress being made in Ethiopia with the continued expansion of the Vetiver System for soil and water conservation. There is a lot written and talked about relating to combatting climate change in…

Vetiver System – house foundation protection

A question from Paulo Rogerio in Brazil – Can Vetiver if planted around the foundations of a house that suffers from serious damp problems be used to help dry the foundation? Anybody have an experience in this area??   Dick

Lake Naivasha – Kenya – A Lake in Trouble

Kenya’s Lake Naivasha is located in the Great Rift Valley some 60 miles north west of Nairobi. It is a truly a beautiful lake surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. It supports nearby farms, every form of wildlife, fisheries, and tourism….

Vetiver System, Food Security in Africa

I have just been talking with an old buddy of mine about food security and food production in Africa. We were discussing why many of the international institutions and foundations that are concerned with food production show so little interest…

Madagascar – Vetiver System in Action

Yoann Coppin has a Vetiver business in Madagascar. Below is a short note from him describing some of the problems and solutions. Yoann has an excellent photo gallery where you can see images of his work. As in other applications the cardinal…

Water Pollution

New York Times article of February 9 2010 “China Report Shows More Pollution in Waterways” The Chinese have carried out a detailed survey of pollution problems relating to water. Not unexpected water is being badly polluted by industrial and urban waste…