Bamboo, a "woody" grass that bears cultural significance for all Malaysians regardless of race or religion, can be cultivated to enhance soil and water conservation. Apart from said ecological benefits, economic incentives for growing bamboos include the sale of bamboo poles and bamboo shoots. Furthermore, bamboo cultivation can be supported with elements of agroforestry, which is an agroecology-based practice. Take for example, farmers in the Zhejiang province of China have been working with scientists to develop a farming system that combines chicken-rearing with bamboo-growing. Click to find out more!
Working with the Infrastructure University of Kuala Lumpur (IUKL), we're finding ways to build functional structures with bamboos.
In the aftermath of the 2014 floods in Pahang, we've discovered that, while the raging waters did indeed bend the bamboos, the plants managed to hold onto the soil with fierce resilience. This picture was taken at Kuala Tahan, along the Tembeling river in Taman Negara.