In Malawi there is a country wide vetiver program that was initiated by Glenn Allison who was manager of a European Union project. Many farmers now use the technology. These are just a few examples, there are many more from Cameroon, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Senegal, Mali, and Madagascar. In every case, individuals who understood the technology and saw the need for it, were the people who got the technology moving.
In the Vetiver System we have a technology that has been proven under most conditions to significantly reduce soil erosion and improve rainfall conservation, increase crop yields and provide many additional benefits. It is not the only solution, but it is a very good one that is quite easy to apply and is low cost.
It is time that the national governments pay more attention to vetiver - it can make a big difference to rural Africa.