Desertification of the world's grasslands, Allan Savory suggests, is the immediate cause of poverty, social breakdown, violence, cultural genocide -- and a significent contribution to climate change. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. After decades of study and collaboration, thousands of managers of land, livestock and wildlife on five continents today follow the methodology he calls "Holistic Management."
In 1992, Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2010, the Centre won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for its work in reversing desertification. In that same year he and his wife, with others, founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to promote large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands.
This 11-minute YouTube video was made by the NPF facility of FAO. It was originally uploaded on Mar 3, 2011.
This video, called Part 1, is continued in Part 2.
The description says:
Forest and tree play a vital role in the lives of all the people of Pacific Island countries and territories. Ever since people settles in this region, these resources have provided a multitude of goods and environmental services that have contributed to human well-being and development. Examples are food, medicine, housing and building material, shelter, soil and water protection - all of which are renewable provided that forests and trees are managed sustainability. Besides timber products a variety of forest products with good income potential can contribute to rural development and local livelihoods.
It is challenging to achieve sustainable forest management while simultaneously meeting people's needs and maintaining forts service that we usually take for granted. Deforestation and forest degradation continue in many places. Their negative impacts are taken toll on people and the environment. Incentives for improved forest management and exemplary initiatives are needed to change the way we treat these life supporting systems.
This video is intended to increase people understanding about the importance of land, forests and trees in the Pacific and to promote the sustainable use of these valuable resources.
Su Kahumbu is an agriculturist and social entrepreneur who created iCow, an app that spreads seeds of information via text to farmers seeking bountiful and sustainable harvests.
For me, one of the most powerful messages is that after seven months using the iCow services, farmers with an average of three cows were producing an increased amount of milk equivalent with their having a whole extra cow!
The blueprint to address food and nutrition security in small outer islands across Pacific island countries and territories that face the consequences of climate change, family food and nutrition insecurity and loss of biodiversity, was developed from the Kwai Island Organic Farming Model for Family Food and Nutrition Security, together with INHIM Community Care, Atori, East Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. Kwai Island is a tiny dot off the east coastline of Malaita, one of the small outer islands in the Solomon Islands. The people of Kwai generally live on seafoods. This model is now widely known around the Pacific. It was costly for islanders to procure vegetables and fruits from the mainland. Their sandy soils hinder the crop growth. We introduced ‘Sup-Sup’ home organic gardening. This facilitates proper waste segregation and island sanitation, as well as successful local organic production of fruits and vegetables of various colors. It is a simple approach that has allowed Kwai Islanders access to ‘rainbow-colored’ nutritious diverse organically grown foods. This small change has impacted greatly on the lives of the Kwai Islanders and has become a success story for other small outer islands across the Pacific. This model (blue print) was developed without money, but with full community participation and cost-sharing, which transformed the whole Kwai Island community to go into organic vegetable and fruit farming: from zero in the past to abundant and diverse food now. This model is a guide to reproduce it in other outer island communities (living on atolls vulnerable to global sea-level rise/king tides), across the Solomon Islands and in nearby Pacific countries as safety net to address food and nutrition insecurities.
This video addresses family food and nutrition security in small outer island with sandy soils: Kwai Island, Solomon Islands. This Organic Farming Kwai Island model can be replicated in other outer islands/ atolls/ artificial islands around the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories.
CIP-FoodSTART establishes partnership among IFAD investment programs in the Philippines in different phases and dimensions of the programs. The video was first shown during the session on "Value Chains Demystified towards a Market-driven IFAD Impact Pathway" handled by Dr. Dindo Campilan, Programme Leader of FoodSTART.