Wow, it’s been a while!! About a month ago I got home from an exhilarating trip to Haiti where we started hillside terracing for tree based agriculture – specifically moringa trees. This due to the many benefits of same. These trees will be used by Children’s Lifeline in their feeding program and to develop an export business of dried leaves.
The great news is that the rains have been regular since I left and the trees are thriving. I planted about 500 seeds which will yield a good number of trees.
Terracing in tropical, hilly places is a very powerful way to conserve rainfall and redevelop the ground water resources. The rain water, which would normally just flow off the hill causing erosion, is collected in trenches which are specially designed to follow the contours of the hill, which means the water can pool and generally finds its way into the soil. Particularly in Haiti where the soils are sandy and light.
Erosion is the number one agricultural problem in the world.
Wanted to share this great news! On another note, my Ugandan friend and his family are living in a banana fiber house, which is a bummer. I have contacted Habitat to see if they can help. Any ideas out there for a way to help them get better accommodation?