Nourishing the Planet TV: Turning an Invasive Species into a Sustainable Livelihood

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In this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet research intern, Elena Davert, explains how, in Kenya, the potentially devastating invasive plant, the water hyacinth, is being transformed into a boon for local livelihoods. With the help of organizations like Village Volunteers, farmers living on the shore of Lake Victoria are harvesting the water hyacinth to produce biodegradable furniture, fertilizer, and other commercial products to simultaneously clear the water of the dangerous plant and improve local livelihoods.

 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Gm2WQbJkA&feature=player_embedded

To read more about innovations that improve livelihoods and the environment, see: Turning an Invasive Species into a Sustainable Livelihood.

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