Facilitator and Speakers
Rolf Shenton, Grassroots Trust Ltd.
Glen Tyler, Greenpeace
It is a common belief that to produce profitable, high crop yields farmers need a lot of money for machinery, fertilizers and chemicals and a lot of highly technical knowledge from developed countries and that traditional technologies have no place in the modern world. This perception will be challenged in this event, and the proposition explored that any farmer can steadily increase crop yields and farm profits with seed as the only external input, simply using the natural resources available to her or him. Using updated traditional technologies, soil fertility and water can be improved to better than virgin conditions. Working together, well-organized communities can restore their lands and resources to provide enough food, fibre and energy to meet even the demands of future generations.