• The Perennial Peanut

    The perennial peanut is a drought-tolerant, nitrogen-fixing ground cover that can be planted in existing orchards of all kinds, such as coffee, banana, cashew, cacao, mango, dragon fruit and papaya (see picture below). No land has to be set aside exclusively for its cultivation. It’s cultivated in just about all cities in Vietnam as an […]

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  • A Cascade from Cow to Pig to Chicken to Fish

    It was suggested that the biomass bedding of poultry and animals be enriched with biochar and vermicompost, that fecal matter be removed daily from bedding, and that bedding and animals be sprayed daily with a probiotic liquid. In this way, the pen remains at all times completely odorless and free of flies. Bedding should have a depth of about 60 cm or two feet. This is not at all the  concept.  Each day a cow produces on average about 29.5 kg of […]

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  • The power of small-scale gasifiers

    In the highland areas of Vietnam where a lot of coffee is grown, gasifier heat can be used to dry coffee cherries and parchment beans. In the lowland areas where rice is grown, it can be used to dry paddy rice. Many Vietnamese exporters of rice use coal at a cost of $200 US per […]

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  • Multifunctional small farms

    Multifunctional small farms: essential for agricultural sustainability and global food sovereignty John Ikerd University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA (Presented at the Seminar “Sustainable Tropical Production; a leadership tool for the Orinoquia”, Universidad de los Llanos, Meta, Colombia, South America, 24-25 August, 2016) I am honored by the opportunity to present my perspectives on agricultural […]

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