2014 Finalists snapshot


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2014 Finalists snapshot

  2. 2. land degradation
  3. 3. Northwest Zimbabwe: Desertification: • soil eroded • unable to hold water • droughts and floods erode soil even more •Overgrazing has been THE ”Explanation”
  4. 4. AFRICAN CENTRE FOR HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT mimics the behaviour of grazing animals and predators that once created savannahs
  5. 5. HERDS IN SMALL SPACE FOR SHORT TIME Hooves • break up hard ground • air and water penetrate • trample down old grass Dung and urine • fertilise Grazing • keeps perennial grasses healthy
  6. 6. Before and after
  7. 7. Sometimes yeilds increase 5-fold
  8. 8. Livestock can reverse land degradation and improve lives in Africa on the massive scale needed
  9. 9. poverty Food shortages
  10. 10. USA, Milwauke: • 65% children in poverty • 82% schoolchildren lunch subsidy • Overweight • Food desert
  11. 11. GROWING POWER • Transform useless properties to highly productive community food centers. • Integrate multi-level greenhouses, vermiculture, composting, aquaponics, bee- keeping, livestock
  12. 12. PRODUCES AND DISTRIBUTES TO food insecure neighborhoods • Baskets • Farm stands • Sustainable Farmers cooperatives • Serving snacks to 40,000 Milwaukee Public School students • health clinics and hospitals EDUCATES THROUGH DEMONSTRATION • Composts waste • Generates electricity from sun • Recycles heat energy • Raise fish chemical free RUNS • Youth programs, training and outreach
  13. 13. Food insecurity in urban areas can be reversed, when community organises and combines available solutions like aquaponics for protein.
  14. 14. land degradation
  15. 15. Eastern Cape of South Africa the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve • Erosion flow diversion and drainage from the 80’s lowered the water table • Soil unproductive • Food insecurity EROSION
  16. 16. Eastern Cape of South Africa the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve • Lowered the water table • Soil lost, unproductive • Food insecurity
  17. 17. LIVING LANDS Brought together landowners, researchers, squatters, experts to learn together and start pilots
  18. 18. • Spekboom planting • 1 000 ha of land has been reforested • Restored 5 river and alluvial fan sites
  19. 19. Community glimpses the future: • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) • Carbon credits • Eco-tourism • Restoration • Sustainable food production.
  20. 20. Creating a holistic and collective understanding of the area as a living landscape opens up a sustainable future
  21. 21. Food shortages
  22. 22. Kenya: Hunger and poverty is multidimensional: • lack of education • famine and food insecurity • poor health care • no clean water • living in miserable conditions
  23. 23. SEANET is working with education: • E-learning internet training • school gardens that feed students • demonstration plots for whole community stimulate entrepreneurship
  24. 24. To date, via the 11 schools participating, thousands of pupils, parents and local people have been involved. The gardens have shown improved productivity which is helping from the ground up. Students nutrition is improved, as well as the spread of knowledge to the local neighborhoods.
  25. 25. Schools can play a key role in supporting the community to transition to a sustainable, food secure future
  26. 26. Food shortages
  27. 27. INDIA: Tamil Nadu and Odisha Climate change, poor soil, high immigration, were all contributing to low productivity and poverty.
  28. 28. The M.S Swanminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) • Brings people together with scientists in various water user groups/associations, paddy and pulse farmers groups, women’s self-help groups, and well water users • Teaches holistic farming, community based equity approaches and helps with enterprise development
  29. 29. Some 5000 people have been involved in the project sites • increased land productivity • improved water harvesting structures, • increase in local enterprise.
  30. 30. Science-based initiatives combined with a people-centred and process-oriented approach can restore productivity and enterprise
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