This project is very much like the Fresco: technocracy, Ozymandias dreams:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/09 ... roject.php
Then the Great Green Wall concept, which is much more interesting, but hopefully more diverse and intensive than this PR release makes it all sound:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/07 ... africa.php
Seven Thousand Kilometers of Trees
The belt of green will be 7000km long and 15km wide, cost $3 million to plant and take two years to complete the initial project phase. The west-most section will be planted in Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Fase, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal, while the eastern section will be planted in Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Also, and best of all, I have discovered a blog that is coming from an organic farm in the middle of Kenya which is full of exquisite stories and useful detail. This is it: Green Dreams Organic Farming in East Africa.
This is the best article to begin with: http://greendreams.edublogs.org/2008/07 ... t-harvest/
Transforming a dump to a garden that quickly is remarkable but also an act of desperation. I certainly imagine that it's risky at best without putting some time into soil testing and treatment. We need to democratize soil testing! Reduce it to a simple, effective, re-usable consumer product.