Converting Ethiopian Desert into Hyper-Productive Land


Title Converting Ethiopian Desert into   Hyper-Productive Land
Director(s) FoodAbundance
Date released (year) 2012
Production company FoodAbundance
Length 6.14Mins
Location Ethiopia
Keywords/tags Climate change, agriculture,   permaculture, food security
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(Part I: Loess Plateau, China –
Part II: Ethiopia –
Part III: Rwanda –

Synopsis Once the scene of devastating   droughts in 1984, a few visionaries in Ethiopia have used Agroecological   Natural Technology Solutions and Permaculture Design principles to begin   bringing areas of arid land back to productivity and ecological balance.

Restoring the huge vast degradaded   landscape of Ethiopia… critical for the entire region to support life. The   impact is regional, national, and international.


Reviews/discussion We can rehabilitate damaged   ecosystems. We can transfer technology and capital to empower the local   people to restore their own environment to ensure food security for people   who are chronically hungry, while at the same time sequestering carbon,   reducing biodiversity loss, mitigate against flooding, drought and famine.   This can be done on a global scale.

We can do this with the simple   application of Agricultural Natural Technology Solutions and Permaculture   Design principles, such as earthworks, water harvesting, soil building,   creating biodiversity.

Anybody can take a Permaculture   Design Course and learn how to do this in their local area or   internationally. There are over 1,000 such courses taught all over the world   each year.


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Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement


Title Wangari Maathai & The Green   Belt Movement
Director(s) Landon Van soest
Date released (year) 2010
Production company StridesinDevelopment
Length 8.52mins
Location Kenya
Keywords/tags Environmentalism, deforestation,   sustainability, empowerment
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Synopsis Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan   environmentalist and political activist. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the   Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO focused on environmental   conservation and women’s rights. In 2004, she became the first African woman   to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to sustainable   development, democracy, and peace.


Reviews/discussion The Green Belt Movement   ( organizes rural women in Kenya to plant trees,   an effort that combats deforestation while generating income for the   community and promoting empowerment for women. Since Maathai founded the   Movement, over 40 million trees have been planted and over 30,000 women have   been trained in forestry, food processing, beekeeping, and other sustainable,   income-generating activities.


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