The Vetiver Network International

Piet Sabbe – Overall Winner of the Short Video Competition

The overall winner of the Vetiver Short Video competition (following a poll on TVNI facebook group) is Piet Sabbe of Ecuador. He was closely Marietta Landis of Panama followed by Marietta Landis of Panama, and Alois and Maria Kennerknech of Peru was third. All three produced excellent and interesting videos that reflected their more than 20 year involvement and commitment to the use of the Vetiver Grass Technology  (VGT) and its promotion.   Each video is worthy watching, and in their own different ways drive home the value of the technology.… Read the rest “Piet Sabbe – Overall Winner of the Short Video Competition”

Latin American Vetiver Network – New Coordinator

Congratulations and thank you to Rafael Luque of Venezuela who has volunteered to coordinate this important Regional Network. Rafael has been involved with the Vetiver System for about 20 years and has a great depth of knowledge regarding its application. Please support him in his work, as we are sure that we can expect significant scaling up of the technology in the region. Here follows a message from him in both English and Spanish. “Vetiverian Colleagues and Friends  Receive an affectionate greeting for the New Year, together with my best wishes for you personally, and your family and professional well-being.… Read the rest “Latin American Vetiver Network – New Coordinator”

Regenerative Agriculture with Vetiver – and – Stem Borer Control in Rice (TVNI – NL-2022-12)

SEASONS GREETINGS  I take this opportunity to wish you all our Season’s Greetings, and may you all benefit from Vetiver Grass Technology, and in doing so, share what you know with others, in and outside of your community. I also take this opportunity to thank those of you who have contributed to our knowledge base. Your support and feedback is invaluable.  Regenerative Agriculture This month I want to put some focus on Regenerative Agriculture.  Soil health in its broadest sense is declining at an accelerating rate, due, amongst others, to increase pressure on the land, continuous and overuse of agricultural chemicals, poor farm management systems, and damage from extreme rainfall events  —  often associated with management practices that do not protect the land.… Read the rest “Regenerative Agriculture with Vetiver – and – Stem Borer Control in Rice (TVNI – NL-2022-12)”


We are pleased to announce the results of the competition. Some excellent and interesting videos. Listed by category (1= First, 2= Second), and with links to the respective video. (#=Video ID) Community (total entries – 7) 1 Alois Kennerknecht/ ALKE, Peru. Vetiver Grass: Community Use in Urban Areas (#1) 2 Jonathan Barcant, Trinidad and Tobago. Grassroots 4LaVie Tobago (#7) Disaster Mitigation (total entries – 3) 1 Estampa Verde, Mexico. The Vetiver System and Keyline – A climate risk management tool for agriculture.… Read the rest “VETIVER SHORT VIDEO COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS BY CATEGORIES”

Role of Vetiver in Mitigating Climate Change, Flood Control, and Drought (TVNI – NL-2022-11)

Climate Change, Flood Control, and Drought – The Problem Persists and can be overwhelming. This photo, from a November 15 Guardian Newspaper article by Rahul Raina  (‘In Delhi I can see the climate catastrophe unfolding before my eyes’ | Delhi | The Guardian), is of villagers at a nearly dried up well in Samba District (near Jammu – North West India).  It also shows a lot more, more than most casual observers see. The middle ground terraces continue to erode (look carefully at the tree roots exposed by erosion).… Read the rest “Role of Vetiver in Mitigating Climate Change, Flood Control, and Drought (TVNI – NL-2022-11)”


Three sets of Awards will be given with total value of US $3,750: The Vetiver Champion Award. This Award will be given in recognition of an individual’s impact at the country or regional level in promoting Vetiver Grass Technology to communities and/or for public good. The process for nominations will be carried out online so that the more than 4,000 Vetiver Network members who participate in social media sites – Facebook, including the many affiliated Facebook pages around the world, the Vetiver Blog, the TVNI website, and the various online forums/communities – can identify and nominate deserving individuals. … Read the rest “2023 — THE VETIVER NETWORK INTERNATIONAL AWARDS”


On the occasion of the Seventh International Conference on Vetiver (ICV-7), which is rescheduled to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand From May 29 – June 1, 2023, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Chairperson of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s Chaipattana Foundation, has graciously granted US$10,000 of the King of Thailand Vetiver Awards from the Chaipattana Foundation for four of the most outstanding works on vetiver (prize money of US$ 2,500 each) in the following categories: 1.… Read the rest “THE KING OF THAILAND VETIVER AWARDS”

Vetiver Systems Applications in the Caribbean (TVNI – NL-2022-10)

  GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERECE — Oct 25 – 26, 2022. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. I was able to participate virtually for parts of this conference, organized by IAMovement and The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago. The conference covered both development  and financing opportunities for Green Infrastructure. The Vetiver  System was well featured, and clearly is building governmental, regional institutional, and community support for its potential as a key tool for land restoration, soil and water conservation, slope stabilization, disaster mitigation, and associated business and community opportunities.… Read the rest “Vetiver Systems Applications in the Caribbean (TVNI – NL-2022-10)”

Vetiver Systems for Disater Mitigation and Pollutioncontrol from Landfills (TVNI – NL-2022-09)

The Seventh international Conference on Vetiver – ICV7  VETIVER FOR SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION: In Commemoration of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great This long-delayed conference is now firmly scheduled from May 29 – June 1, 2023, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and will be hosted and organized by the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board (ORDPB) of Thailand. The conference will be hybrid – in person and live online. Details are now being finalized and should be announced shortly on the ICV7 website at: The Seventh International Conference on Vetiver (ICV-7) — Look for the “Third Announcement”.… Read the rest “Vetiver Systems for Disater Mitigation and Pollutioncontrol from Landfills (TVNI – NL-2022-09)”

Vetiver amd Climate Change (TVNI – NL-2022-08)

Climate Change Current, climate change related, extreme drought, heatwave and flood events are having a devasting impact on us all. The agricultural sector is especially impacted, particularly small and vulnerable farmers. The Vetiver System can help prevent/reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change if applied prior to the event; and can be used to mitigate some of the damage after the event. It is important to remind ourselves what the Vetiver System can do for the agricultural sector….….… Read the rest “Vetiver amd Climate Change (TVNI – NL-2022-08)”