[Sdpg] The Man Who Stopped the Desert - How One Man Saved the Soil (Video)

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Thu Dec 23 07:57:33 PST 2010

The Man Who Stopped the Desert - How One Man Saved the Soil (Video)

by Sami Grover, Carrboro, NC, USA  on 12.23.10
FOOD & HEALTH (botanical)

Image credit: 1080 Films
 From Wangaari Maathai's Billion Tree campaign to lush permaculture 
landscapes in Jordan, we've seen how individuals and communities can 
reverse desertification and bring life back to arid soils. Now a new 
dramatized documentary brings us the story of Yacouba Sawadogo, an 
illiterate African farmer whose pioneering techniques have, according 
to one expert, done more for soil conservation in the Sahel region of 
Africa than all of the national and international soil experts 
combined. It's amazing stuff.
Using, and then enhancing, traditional "zai" techniques for restoring 
degraded land, which involve planting seeds directly into pits that 
have been enhanced with small handfuls of composted dung, Yacouba 
Sawadogo has spent over a quarter century experimenting with his 
soils, and then teaching his fellow farmers, resulting in the 
successful rehabilitation of farmland, the regrowth of forests, and 
attention from international media and non-profit organizations who 
wanted to learn more about Sawadogo's techniques.

Now a new documentary, that includes a dramatization of Sawadogo's 
life, and the struggles he has faced in gaining acceptance for his 
approach, is set to bring his story to a broader audience. The movie 
traces Sawadogo's story from his early education, through his days 
researching and developing his farming techniques, to his recent

More on Soil, Soil Restoration and the Magic of Soil Life
Wangaari Maathai's Billion Tree campaign
Greening the Desert Revisited: Permaculture in Jordan
Compost as Animal Husbandry: Moving Way Beyond Recycling
40 Tons of Life in One Acre of Soil: Geoff Lawton on the Magic of Soil (Video)
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