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Soil Fertility Maintenance in the Tropics

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The post from Mike Mahowald below is just one more confirmation of the necessity of the Vetiver System for tropical agriculture - soil and water conservation, fertility maintenance, ground water recharge, forage etc.

I remember when I worked in the World Bank in the 1980's the director of one of the CGIAR international research institutions visited me and told me that his main objective was to find a way of dealing with slash and burn agriculture which can be translated into soil conservation and soil fertility. I told this new director that we had a very good solution - vetiver grass hedgerows. Some 20 years later we area still waiting for these and other international research institutions that focus on tropical and semi-tropical agriculture to give more attention to the Vetiver System. I suspect that we will wait forever!!.

However people like Mike Mahowald have not waited, his answer is our answer. He has a good solution for dealing with Haiti's agricultural land conservation problems - the Vetiver System. well done Mike.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Dick Grimshaw


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