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Monday, April 23, 2012

Criss Juliard a well respected agricultural business and watershed management consultant and experienced project manager tells me that following a visit to Jamaica relating to climate change that in his view 90% of land and water related climate change consequences in the agricultural sector might be wholly or partially mitigated by the Vetiver System including: soil and moisture conservation, ground water recharge, soil fertility improvement, agricultural pollution issues, flood reduction and associated reduction in damage, agric infrastructure protection and stabilization and more. Bi-products would include biofuel, forage, mulch amongst others. Vetiver has particular beneficial application to perennial tree crops such as coffee, cocoa, mango,papaya, citrus, and spices – all present in the Caribbean. Vetiver plant material exists in all the regions countries and propagation could be swift, economic and effective. A major Vetiver program should include communities, training, education, demonstrations, and plant production. Very large programs could provide significant employment opportunities to the unemployed. In fact some sort of individual island Land Corp linked to communities and Vetiver plant suppliers would quickly put this unique plant and technology into place quite quickly. Examples of all this can be found at TVNI website,  TVNI BlogHaiti ReconstructionVetiver Solutions East Bali PovertyProject/Indonesian Vetiver Network,  If you think that Vetiver could play an important role to mitigate climate change please talk to your community leaders, government planners, policy makers and your local Member of Parliament. By the way if any of you want to know what is in store for the Caribbean take a look at this report: "Climate Change and the Caribbean - The Cost of Inaction" and "Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation"


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