The Vetiver Network International

2023 — THE VETIVER NETWORK INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

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”

THE KING OF THAILAND VETIVER 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)”

TVNI Technical Advisors – Ethiopian Research (TVNI – NL-2022-07)

TOP MONTHLY TVNI WEBSITE DOWNLOAD: The MANUAL ON THE USE AND MANAGEMENT OF VETIVER GRASS (in Spanish) MANUAL SOBRE EL USO Y MANEJO DEL PASTO VETIVER (Chrysopogon zizanioides). This handbook/manual created by Julio Alegre Orihuela Ing. Agrónomo, MS, Ph.D  in 2007 has been the top monthly download from the TVNI website since the beginning of 2022 suggesting growing vetiver activity in the Spanish speaking world. TVNI TECNICAL ADVISORS: TVNI is aware of some excellent Vetiver System practitioners around the world who have demonstrated prowess in one or more VS applications, and who have shared this knowledge to significantly further the promotion of VS within their own country and to the global Vetiver Community.… Read the rest “TVNI Technical Advisors – Ethiopian Research (TVNI – NL-2022-07)”

 VIETNAM VETIVER FARMERS GROUP ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH VETIVER SYSTEM SOLUTIONS.

The author of this post, Tho Ngo, works with an expanding group of Vietnamese farmers, who over the past few years have created much interest, both in Vietnam and globally, with regard to embedding the Vetiver System into Vietnamese farms, and in doing so have opened up opportunities for new ways of using this unique plant to help farmers adapt to climate change. (This post was translated by Google Translate with some additional editing – Vietnamese original ) Introduction:  Vietnam, it is one of the five countries most affected by climate change. … Read the rest “ VIETNAM VETIVER FARMERS GROUP ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH VETIVER SYSTEM SOLUTIONS.”

Women from Kerala (India) weave a solution to the region’s climate woes

Vetiver, as a grass, is well known in Kerala, particularly for its medicinal uses. Also there are some farmers in Kerala who have traditionally used vetiver on their farm boundaries for soil conservation purposes.  The organic spice unit of the nonprofit – Peermade Development Society (PDS) – India’s largest spice exporter – markets spices for its members. PDS supports organic sustainable farming and introduced vetiver as to further the income through weaving vetiver handicrafts of rural poor women.… Read the rest “Women from Kerala (India) weave a solution to the region’s climate woes”

Zimbabwe – A partnership for soil erosion and flood control using the Vetiver System

This post by Graham Dabbs (Igoda Farm) and Bruce Clegg (The Malilangwe Trust) describes a pilot program of soil erosion and flood control on unprotected farmland adjacent to an important wildlife conservancy in the lowveld of Zimbabwe. The conservation work, using the Vetiver System, benefits: (a) the poor, low income, Chitsa farming community, through higher and more secure farm incomes (drought proofing, soil fertility improvement); (b) the adjacent wildlife conservancy by stopping the pre-project sediment flows/flooding from the farmland that was destroying critical grazing areas in the conservancy that are key to the survival of the white rhino and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest; and (c) the owner operator of commercial farm that supplied the vetiver plant material and technical “know how” in vetiver’s application design and management. … Read the rest “Zimbabwe – A partnership for soil erosion and flood control using the Vetiver System”

KENYA’S “MAMA VETIVER”

Jane Wegesa Fraser coordinates the Kenya Vetiver Network. She leads by “doing”.  Jane is one of the founders of PLUS-Kenya, a Kenya NGO now in operation for more than 10 years. From inception she has proven to be the powerhouse in the field, working with communities, designing applications, teaching users, and showing how to actually apply the technology on the ground. Although she and PLUS-Kenya have been involved in various VS applications, her main focus is on farm soil erosion, water conservation and soil fertility enhancement, land reclamation, and infrastructure preservation (slope stabilization) Jane story and passion for environmental improvement in Kenya is demonstrated in this photo album.… Read the rest “KENYA’S “MAMA VETIVER””