Rain balls


How can we make the rain come again? How can we re-forest desert areas? How can we bring new life to places where death comes inexorably?

Musanoba Fukuoka, born in Ehime, Japan, in 1912 invented the Natural Agricultural Method and wrote: The One Straw Revolution.

The rain balls come from this method. They are made of seeds and clay mixed together and made into balls. Then, the balls become dry and hard, and are seeded.
Clay protects them against sun and some predators: birds, field-mice and ants, waiting for the rainy season.
Thanks to this method, they don’t need anything more. Only planes or helicopters are useful to seed in unreachable areas.

As Wangari Maathai, Nobel Price of Freedom in 2004, relates so well in her book Unbowed: A Memoir, the Kenyan forest has dramatically decreased. When she saw this ecological disaster, she was inspired to create her movement The Green Belt to re-forest her country.

Fukuoka gave his technical knowledge freely. He just asked that no one exploit it. Now he has passed the baton to the Greek, Panos Manikis.

The first trial of this method took place near the Athi River, next to Nairobi. Five months afterwards, 50 – 60 cm high young acacia trees gave life and hope, at last, to this place.

Rain balls are useful everywhere that desertification happening. To be a Rainmaker is consistent with organic agriculture: no chemicals, no fertilizer. Simplicity rhymes with efficacy.


© Marc Rigaudis