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. 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. Five steps to great compostHow to make soil-improving compost from plant and food waste. Floating gardensMany people around the world experience flooding. Where there is frequent flooding the growing season is affected and crops become damaged or even washed away. Another problem for poor communities is that there is little land available for growing food. Fruitful training brings hope and joy to cocoa farmers in Ivory CoastAward-winning British chocolatier Will Torrent will be pleased to know that chocolate consumption around the world is on the rise. The latest figures… 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. Involving a community in forestry projectsAlmost everyone likes trees. They bring lots of benefits and are pleasant to have around. However, spending time and effort on them often seems less important than growing food, finding clean water or helping to build a new school classroom. Radical changes make farmer Ben an inspiration to young AfricansI must admit, I was quite tired. That is after spending five hours on the road in a minibus from Nairobi to Kericho in Kenya. I then had a few… Restoring hope to displaced farming communities in NigeriaThe Global Forum on Church and Poverty inspired me to begin to see Nigeria in the light of Jubilee. This, in turn, prompted me to start to fully… Review of Footsteps 110: Farming for the FutureThis feels like a timely edition of Footsteps magazine. And a great one to kick off the crucial decade ahead of us. The effects of climate change are… 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? Sustainable farming helps family face climate change in EthiopiaIn recent years, climate change has meant Abebech* and her husband have faced some hard times. They are farmers in the village of Offa Esho Kebele in… The Patuca Damby Osvaldo Munguia and Graham Gordon. MOPAWI is an NGO which began in 1985, based in La Mosquitia region of Honduras, Central America. This is a vast expanse of unspoilt rain forest with many protected areas. MOPAWI works for the sustainable development of the indigenous people in the region.