The Vetiver Network International

Vetiver Monthly Newsletter – June 2022

This post is the first of a series of that I will attempt to write once a month as a form of newsletter dedicated to some of the more interesting ideas and activities that surface on social media and from various other sources. I find it exciting and heartening to read about various innovative global VS activities, often taking place under difficult conditions, as well as the many new ideas and developments that surface from time to time.… Read the rest “Vetiver Monthly Newsletter – June 2022”

The Vetiver System: A toolkit for community-led, climate change adaptation

This article is the first in what will be an occasional series of articles on the Vetiver System for community-led, climate change adaptation. Subsequent articles will try and focus more on specific challenges faced by communities, and successful examples and experiences that well illustrate how and why the VS “toolkit” has proven a useful option for end users and communities in search of solutions. Why is this important and what motivates this discussion? Unfortunately, we are all too well aware of the answers to these questions.… Read the rest “The Vetiver System: A toolkit for community-led, climate change adaptation”

Vetiver Saved My Herd!

Rafael Luque M. owns and operates the Venezuelan bioengineering company Vetiver Antierosión. C.A [email protected]  based on vetiver grass. Part of his business was livestock production. Here follows his story as to how vetiver saved his herd during a period of drought. Rafael’s story underscores (1) the important role that vetiver can play as a forage in periods of drought and (2) that appropriate grazing management to ensure that vetiver is cut/eaten before it loses its nutritional value as it matures is the key to its productivity.… Read the rest “Vetiver Saved My Herd!”


Jeremy Berkoff is a development economist with more than forty years experience in consultancy, government and international agencies. His specialities are water resources and agriculture. For eighteen years he worked for the World Bank. Since 1994, he has been an independent consultant, working widely in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Until recently, he was chairman of the International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA), London, and has been a research associate with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University.… Read the rest “VETIVER GRASS: AN EXCITING TECHNOLOGY FOR TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS WORLD-WIDE”

“Compost and Vetiver System”

IICA Webinar “Bioremediation in water and soils in Venezuela”. – Oswaldo Luque presented in Spanish “Compost and Vetiver System” Oswaldo Luque who has been working with vetiver Grass Technology in Venezuela for over 30 years. The use of vetiver as compost and or mulch has been growing in recent years, and is especially important to permaculturalists. Climate change and extreme weather conditions further underscores the need to protect soils and improve soil moisture and texture.  His presentation (English translation) can be found here.… Read the rest ““Compost and Vetiver System””

Certificates of Technical Excellence

Certificates of Technical Excellence. TVNI provides two types of certificates that recognize individual or company expertise in various applications of the Vetiver System. Details about this certification, lists of those certified, and an application form are at a completely revamped and simplified page that can be found HERE.  Those applying for certification should read the guidelines carefully.  Note the two different levels of certification. Professional Certification is for those applying for certification in bioengineering and phytoremedial applications, where detailed engineering and water related knowledge is required, and where there is potential risk, if applied by people with limited knowledge. … Read the rest “Certificates of Technical Excellence”

Vetiver System Short Video Competition with Cash Awards

A Short Video Competition with the theme “Vetiver System – A Climate Smart Technology” has been jointly organized by the Office of Royal Development Projects Board (ORDPB) of Thailand and The Vetiver Network International (TVNI). Cash AWARDS totaling US$8,000  Purpose: To demonstrate, through appropriately focused short videos, the development, application, promotion, dissemination and impact of the Vetiver System (VS). Special attention should be given to the importance of VS for building community resilience and adaption to increasingly common extreme weather events and changing climate.… Read the rest “Vetiver System Short Video Competition with Cash Awards”

Propagating Vetiver Grass – some practical advice from southern Spain

Recently a state-owned, Surinamese company that is involved in the mining of minerals and ores reached out to TVNI to locate a supplier for Vetiver Grass and inquire about what they might expect should they establish their own nursery.  Dave and Anna, the owners of Vetiver Spain (a reputable and reliable Vetiver supplier in Spain) asked their head gardener to provide his insights and recommendations on propagating Vetiver in their southern Spain location: Where to plant?… Read the rest “Propagating Vetiver Grass – some practical advice from southern Spain”

Vetiver Grass Technology – Ecological Engineering in Pest Management for Rice in China.

On March 1, 2022 TVNI hosted a webinar (#5): Vetiver Grass for the Control of Stem Borer of Rice in China. The Guest speaker, Dr. Zhongxian Lu, professor and head of crop insect pest management at the Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou, China. He gave an excellent presentation of the science that backs the use of vetiver grass as the key component of an eco-engineering technology that has thus far transformed the control of striped and pink stem borer in 270,000 ha of rice in 14 provinces of southern China.… Read the rest “Vetiver Grass Technology – Ecological Engineering in Pest Management for Rice in China.”

The Vetiver System can provide a low-cost solution for shallow landslide mitigation.

  The most recent (February 2022) devasting landslides in and around the City of Petropolis (located in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro), are not new to the region, but the frequency and severity appears to be increasing due to a combination of extreme, climate change, induced rainfall events and poor land use; the latter includes unregulated housing on steep slopes, poor drainage, and deforestation.  Not all landslides can be prevented, but many can, and most landslide sites can be rehabilitated so slippage does not occur again.… Read the rest “The Vetiver System can provide a low-cost solution for shallow landslide mitigation.”