Filtered by: Sustainable Agriculture <Back to previous page Agroforestry in the Dominican RepublicOur organisation – NATURALEZA – works in the Dominican Republic, encouraging agroforestry work. Our first priority was soil conservation. Then we began to establish community tree nurseries and hedges. Combating drought in the SahelEach year almost 750,000 children around the world are caught up in disasters and can be greatly upset by the experience of being displaced, losing loved ones and friends. Contour LinesCompiled by Isabel Carter. These are imaginary lines across a slope which are the same height at all places along the slope. Water cannot flow along a contour line - it is completely level. Most soil erosion control methods are built along the contour lines to have maximum effect. How to control soil erosion1. COVER methods These methods all protect the soil from the damaging effects of rain-drop impact. Most will also improve soil fertility. In search of waterDowsing or water divining, can mean different things to different people. To the scientific community it is superstitious nonsense; to many farmers in Britain and elsewhere it is a useful method of finding good water for their livestock; to many it is something of a mystery. Finally, some Christians believe it to be dangerous and linked with satanic powers. However, due to its widespread use in many parts of the world it is a phenomenon worthy of investigation. Interview: The land is our life and futureBunsak Thongdi discusses his work with the hill tribes of northern Thailand. Rural women and food insecurityby Drs Neela and Amitava Mukherjee. For the 350 million people in India who live below the poverty line, food security is literally a matter of life and death. Agriculture supports nearly 70% of the population in India, most of whom own less than 2 hectares of land. Sustainability -the key environmental issueby Mike Carter. Hundreds of books have been written about ‘sustainability’. Perhaps the simplest way of explaining what it means is to look at the word itself. Sustainability is about the ability to sustain. Can whatever it is we are doing, continue in the long term?