This all sounds common sense, it is! However we need to do a lot more to propagate these views. This has to be done by creating policy and demand. Policy involves government and other agencies seeing the cross sectoral benefits of VS. For example rural health departments could promote vetiver for cleaning up village waste water and rubbish dumps; public works departments could use VS for road side and bridge/culvert stabilization, irrigation departments could use VS for stabilizing canal and drain structures - all would create demand for vetiver plant material at farm level. Mining companies should be using VS for land reclamation. NGOs and others working at community level should see that vetiver is one of the lowest cost community friendly technology that could provide for a host of needs , both on and off farm - all creating demand for plant material. We need to get agro-industrial companies and associations such as British American Tobacco Company (BAT), national crop associations, such as tea, coffee, sugar etc more aware of the potential environmental benefits of applying VS in their industry at farm level, whether it be for soil and water conservation, or for some other use.
We in TVNI can do our bit, but in the end the promotion has to be done by those who use the technology or by policy makers, community activists, NGOs, private sector companies who are directly involved in finding solutions to solve the the myriad of problems facing them today. So if you happen to know of a problem that might be solved partly or wholly through the use of VS, please talk to someone you might know who might be interested in looking at VS to solve that problem. If you are in a position to do it why not set up and run a half day workshop to tell other potential users from other sectors how vetiver can be used for applications other than soil and water conservation. Eventually expanded use will come back to the farm, and "stealth" will have succeeded. Another step to poverty reduction will have beeb achieved.