|Title||Converting Ethiopian Desert into Hyper-Productive Land|
|Date released (year)||2012|
|Keywords/tags||Climate change, agriculture, permaculture, food security|
|Link to film||http://youtu.be/mbEM6DCTK3Y|
|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.
|Links to other resources||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