|Title||Re-greening in Niger, a road trip with Dr Chris Reij|
|Date released (year)||2013|
|Keywords/tags||Agriculture, permaculture, desertification, food security, environmentalism|
|Link to film||http://youtu.be/tBv7_K0PtZo
|Synopsis||This 9 minute film is an insight into the work of soil and water conservation expert, Dr Chris Reij. In June 2012, I joined him on a whistle-stop tour of communities in southern Niger. This area is right on the edge of the Sahara and yet growing in the sandy soil are an abundance of vegetables, cereal crops and trees.
|Reviews/discussion||Permaculture has been practised in Africa for over 30 years, with ongoing and effective projects mainly situated in Southern and Eastern Africa. Central and West Africa has seen a rapid increase in interest for and development of permaculture projects more recently.
Fambidzanai in Zimbabwe is the longest running project and has led to the establishment of Schools and Colleges Permaculture Education (SCOPE), which became Regional SCOPE (ReSCOPE) in 2007 and is now based in Malawi.
ReSCOPE (www.seedingschools.org) supports permaculture projects to take permaculture into formal education systems. The Malawian government has funded a pilot project to bring permaculture into primary schools.
Permaculture in Africa is linked in to the wider sustainability network through organisations like PELUM http://www.pelumrd.org , which has networks across Southern and Eastern Africa
|Links to other resources||Also see: https://ejoltdocumentaries.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/converting-ethiopian-desert-into-hyper-productive-land/
Dryland Permaculture with Bill Mollison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmdCIqNG5BI
See Hope in a Changing Climate: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/ou-on-the-bbc-hope-changing-climate