Saturday, September 11, 2021

Vetiver Grass Technology for Small Tropical Islands.


Currently there are a number of initiatives using various vetiver applications, especially for soil conservation, pollution control, and slope stabilization. Most are funded locally and by small UNDP and other regional grants. A lot can be done with a little money and by folks whom are committed to working with local and mostly poor communities. Here is a video that June Slinger, CEO of Eco Strategies Grenada, sent me about a vetiver program in Grenada, Caribbean. -- that she is responsible for. Well produced (18 minute)
On the other side of the world a Vetiver pilot program is launched and funded for Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The attached (39 minutes) video is a recording of the project launch meeting held early this week by Zoom. It includes a useful presentation by Robinson Vanoh who is the Vetiver Coordinator for the South Pacific Islands. Robinson is a committed and experienced in Vetiver. He lives in Papua New Guinea , and is an Assistant Director of TVNI. He will also be the external advisor to the program. Paul Oana, CEO of Pacific Exchange (a local NGO) is project manager. We wish them and the participants good luck
Both of these programs are short term pilot/start up vetiver projects that are small enough to be funded through regional and local aid offices. If successful they should be able to attract funds for scale up operations and projects.

Ist International Webinar on Vetiver Grass Technology 2021

 Central Bicol State University of Agriculture of the Philippines is holding a webinar on Vetiver Grass Technology on September 28th 2021. Dick Grimshaw, Paul Truong and Robinson Vanoh of TVNI  will be participating. See attached program:

7th International Conference on Vetiver (ICV7)

There is no new information on the postponed ICV7. With the surge in  COVID infections  even a date in 2022 for the conference is unlikely.  We will keep you informed when new information is received.

TVNI Website Upgrade

After nearly 30 years of use TVNI's website is being completely overhauled by a professional company, Global Green of Vietnam. The new site will be based on a WordPress platform and should be up and running by the end of the year. This current blog site will be integrated into the new website as a critical and important "News and Opinion" page that will allow "moderated" comments from the public.  TVNI owes it's success from global users like those of you who may read this blog. We would like to invite some of the experienced members of the vetiver community to contribute posts to this page on a regular basis. The posts should relate to ongoing vetiver application activities, vetiver programs, ideas for the future and so on. If you would like to participate in this please contact me (link at bottom of page)


Saturday, March 27, 2021



You are invited to a Zoom webinar

When: Apr 12, 2021 01:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time  (6.00 AM Pacific Standard Time)


The presenters will be Dick Grimshaw and Jim Smyle

Please register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You should also note that this webinar will be live streamed to Youtube -  link:  It will thereafter remain as part of the TVNI collection at the TVNI Webinar and Video channel:

You are welcome to share the information with others. I am sure those in the Far East and Pacific may well prefer to watch the live stream at some other time more convenient.  Hopefully the webinar will be of interest for many people including students.
This Webinar will be  the first in a series that will focus on the application of the Vetiver Grass Technology.

The second webinar is scheduled for May 17th 202i with a focus on Vetiver Handicrafts and the process and management relating to their production and some of the social benefits and consequences

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