Hedging

Hedging (embocagement) is a technique which consists of planting cuttings of leguminous plants which carry out multiple functions:
(1) they function as a fence, playing a fundamental role as well as offering protection against straying animals
(2) they fertilize the soil
(3) they protect the soil against erosion
(4) they provide fodder and firewood. This technique is very common in certain regions of Anjouan. We prioritize at-risk areas, or areas where leguminous plants have for the most part not been introduced. To achieve this, we work to develop a community-based model through putting in place banks of cuttings. This solidarity-based system promotes an exchange of plant cuttings between producers which otherwise would be difficult to obtain due to their high price.