The Vetiver Network International

Managing Soil Health with Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) for Climate and Food Security

Dr. Rattan Lal, winner of the World Foodprize, and Director of Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA wrote an article for the special edition on Vetiver, published (May/June 2023) by India’s Agriculture World magazine to commemorate ICV7.  His full paper, with references,  concluded “Use of Vetiver is a SLM system, especially for degraded soils, drought prone and erosion-susceptible environments, marginal lands and polluted soils. In addition to being a high-value essential oil crop, Vetiver has multiple benefits of enhancing agronomic productivity on marginal, degraded and polluted lands while conserving soil, recharging ground water, purifying wastewater, sequestering carbon in biomass and soil for adaptation and mitigation of climate change, improving productivity and advancing Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations of the Agenda 2030.… Read the rest “Managing Soil Health with Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) for Climate and Food Security”

The Role of Vetiver Grass Technology for Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Health

The Vetiver Grass Technology has impacted tens of thousands of small, and often poor, farmers in many parts of the tropical and semi-arid regions of the world. Vetiver hedgerows can create change over a very short period. ….  Quote from Kenya (2023) … “I did not expect in my wildest imagination that it would turn out to be what it is today. A section that had a laterite surface and not fit for farming has become rich in topsoil.… Read the rest “The Role of Vetiver Grass Technology for Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Health”

Disaster Prevention, starting in family farms, in the Parish of La Carolina, County Ibarra, Ecuador – A Project Concept

Piet Sabbe is the owner/operator of Vetiver Consult Ecuador. He is has 30 years of hands on experience using vetiver for eco-restoration. He was also the winner of the 2022 Vetiver Short Video competition with his movie “Vetiver on Contour Lines in Your Farm and in the Landscape“. There are many experienced vetiver users, like Piet, around the world whose skills should be tapped, supported and encouraged with the objective of upscaling Vetiver Grass Technology (VGT) in their communities and localities.… Read the rest “Disaster Prevention, starting in family farms, in the Parish of La Carolina, County Ibarra, Ecuador – A Project Concept”

TVNI 2023 AWARDS

Amongst eight winners of TVNI Awards at ICV7 ( 2023) Mohammad Shariful Islam  of  Bangladesh was awarded Vetiver Champion for promoting Vetiver Grass Technology to communities and for the public good. A full list of awardees follow: Vetiver Champion – promoting Vetiver Grass Technology to communities and the for public good —Mohammad Shariful Islam  (Bangladesh) Vetiver Grass Technology Award – Contaminated Land and Water. — Feng Ziyuan (China) Vetiver Grass Technology Award –  Infrastructure protection and disaster mitigation — Mohammad Shariful Islam  (Bangladesh) Vetiver Grass Technology Award  – Agriculture and soil and water conservation — Zhongxian Lu et al (China) Monty Yudelman Award – For exceptional contributions in sustainable agriculture and food security.… Read the rest “TVNI 2023 AWARDS”

Sustainable land Management and Climate Smart Credit (TVNI – NL-2023-05)

VETIVER NEWSLETTER — MAY 2023 NEWS UPDATE A lot of hard work is going into the organization of ICV7 that starts on May 29th. We must thank in advance Mrs. Nongpun Meechuen for the extraordinary effort that she and her team made in arranging the conference. Also Paul Truong (TVNI) for collating the papers and advising on such matters – a lot of work in that area.  There are some very interesting and useful papers to be presented.… Read the rest “Sustainable land Management and Climate Smart Credit (TVNI – NL-2023-05)”

Vetiver Hedges Provide Crop Insurance Against Extreme Weather Events (TVNI – NL-2023-04)

CYCLONE FREDDY – VETIVER HEDGEROWS AS CROP INSURANCE?? This cyclone has in the past month devastated Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi. A quote from AP … “About 4 million people — a fifth of Malawi’s population — were already facing food insecurity and “more people will now need assistance” after floods destroyed close to 120,000 hectares (297,000 acres) of farmland, said the World Food Program. The price of the staple maize has skyrocketed to between 300% and 400% compared to the same time last year in affected areas, said WFP.… Read the rest “Vetiver Hedges Provide Crop Insurance Against Extreme Weather Events (TVNI – NL-2023-04)”

Vetiver and Regenerative Agriculture and It Symbiosis with Other Plants (TVNI – NL-2024-0324-

NEWS UPDATE The King of Thailand Vetiver Awards. The six winners of these awards were announced in early March. Congratulations to the  winners from China (Feng Ziyuan and Zhiongxian Lu), Kenya (Edwin Oyaro), Mexico (Antonio Carrillo Bolea), USA (Eric Wiediger), and  Vietnam (Ngo Thi Thuy Huong). In addition, 13 Certificate of Excellence were awarded. See award winner details.   The  abstracts of all 42 submissions for the  King Of Thailand Awards can be found here. The full papers will be available on TVNI website after the conference.… Read the rest “Vetiver and Regenerative Agriculture and It Symbiosis with Other Plants (TVNI – NL-2024-0324-”

The Winners of the King of Thailand Vetiver Awards 2023 (ICV-7) and Certificates of Excellence

THE KING OF THAILAND  VETIVER AWARDS – THE SIX WINNERS (abstracts of all submitted papers at this link) OUTSTANDING RESEARCH Agricultural Application Title:  Application of Vetiver Grass Vetiveria zizanioides as a Trap Plant for Controlling Rice Stem Borer Chilo suppressalis in China. Author(s) : Zhongxian Lu, Yanhui Lu, Xusong Zheng, Guangchun Gao and Hongxing XuAffiliation: Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences Country: PR China Non–Agricultural Application Title : Using Vetiver Phytoremediation Technology to Mitigate Dioxin – -Contaminated Soils at Bien Hoa Airbase, Dong Nai, Vietnam.… Read the rest “The Winners of the King of Thailand Vetiver Awards 2023 (ICV-7) and Certificates of Excellence”

Vetiver and Waste Water Treatment in Hawaii (TVNI – NL-2023-02)

NEWS UPDATE ICV7.  It looks as though everything is on track. Nongpun Kolosolak and her team at the Office of Royal Development Projects Board are working hard at organizing the conference that will be held in-person and online. The Registration platform is working and can be accessed at .   The evaluation of the King of Thailand Vetiver Awards have been completed and are now in the hands of the organizers. TVNI Awards have a longer time frame for evaluation. … Read the rest “Vetiver and Waste Water Treatment in Hawaii (TVNI – NL-2023-02)”

Vetiver Grass Technology and the Knowledge Gap (TVNI – NL-2023-01)

The Vetiver Knowledge Gap Most of those who read this newsletter fit cozily within the family of vetiver users around the world who when sharing information are most often “preaching to the choir” – not that we mind!  We have to do more to get the information out to new users and to officials at various levels of government that Vetiver Grass Technology can help solve a lot of natural resources related problems at relative low cost (for most of us this starts with local government officials or our community neighborhood committee).… Read the rest “Vetiver Grass Technology and the Knowledge Gap (TVNI – NL-2023-01)”