From the Mara Soil – a Film About Simple and Natural Solutions to Poverty, Hunger and Disease


Title From the Mara Soil – a Film About Simple and Natural Solutions to   Poverty, Hunger and Disease
Director(s) Steve Schrenzel
Date   released (year) 2011
Production   company Global   Resource Alliance
Length 39.33
Location Tanzania
Keywords/tags Global hunger,   natural resources
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Synopsis What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved with resources   already at our disposal? From the Mara Soil transports you to a community in   rural Tanzania that is doing just that – solving humanity’s greatest   challenges with simple, natural and affordable solutions.

A small plot of sandy, dry land is being transformed into a nutrient-rich   food forest. Women are escaping the hazards of daily life by capturing the   energy of the sun. The community is discovering cures to deadly disease in   local plants and natural medicine. A local non-profit is tapping into clean,   pure water just below the bedrock….

This visually stunning film captures the daily pain and suffering caused by   poverty in Tanzania, and the creativity and courage of the Mara community in   finding practical solutions to their own problems.


Reviews/discussion Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Award &   Fund, 2012   Hilton Worldwide and Sundance Institute
Best Short Documentary Film, 2012 Peace on Earth Film Festival   Chicago, IL
Best Sustainable Practices Film, 2011 Green Screen Environmental Film   Festival Santa Monica, CA

GRA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization   dedicated to bringing hope, joy and abundance in the Mara Region of Tanzania.   By sharing ideas, volunteers and financial resources with local, community   based organizations we seek to promote natural, holistic and sustainable   solutions to the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and disease. The   inspiration and leadership for our work comes from the communities we serve.   We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social,   economic and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their   own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions.



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Re-greening in Niger, a road trip with Dr Chris Reij

Title Re-greening in Niger, a road trip   with Dr Chris Reij
Director(s) Mark Dodd
Date released (year) 2013
Production company 1080filmandtv
Length 8.56mins
Location Niger
Keywords/tags Agriculture, permaculture,   desertification, food security, environmentalism
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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 (   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 , which has networks across Southern and Eastern Africa


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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 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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