Regenerative Agriculture: Its Crucial Role in the Solution to Africa's Current Famine
From Jeff Layne
International Regenerative Agriculture Consultant & Author
There is a serious drought in Africa, one in which more than 20 million people from Yemen to Tanzania are at risk of starvation. Surprisingly, explains Dr. Roland Bunch, the total amount of rainfall has not decreased, although global warming has made the timing of rainfall less predictable. He states that this drought is caused primarily by soils that can no longer infiltrate water because they have lost all of their organic matter. Farmers have such a small amount of land that they cannot set aside some of it to lay fallow. The chemicals used in conventional agriculture are too expensive for most Third World farmers, plus they feed the plant but do not feed the soil. Dr. Bunch presents regenerative agriculture as a solution. Regenerative agriculture uses organic matter to feed the soil and its biological components, increasing both soil fertility and resilience to drought.
Presentation Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes