Introductory photo essay VS_Rural_roads.pdf (vetiver.org)
Rural roads are critical to development in rural areas. Without them children cannot go to school, farm produce is difficult to market, and communities become isolated and lack essential services. Rural roads are general low on the maintenance chain and often deteriorate rapidly after construction. Vetiver Grass Technology can do much to prevent that deterioration. Vetiver planted along the shoulders of roads prevent surface erosion and cut back into the main pavement area. In dangerous locations it acts as a demarcating barrier. Culverts and simple bridges associated with these low -cost roads can be protected from washouts. Road cut off drains (miter drains) can be integrated safely with on farm vetiver hedgerows not only improving road drainage water being distributed safely on far land, but also reducing the chance of all too frequent roadside gully formation.