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Joe Jenkins Helps Handle Humanure in Haiti

Joe Jenkins isn’t afraid of nutrients, in whatever form they may come. He’s a champion of turning waste from being a problem to being a solution instead; a resource, in point of fact. Many of you will be familiar with his Humanure Handbook. If not, you should!

Perhaps few places in the world are in need of nutrient cycling solutions as urgently as Haiti.

Below is a three-part video series covering the work of Joe and others to help restore some sanity to sanitation in the beleaguered island nation.

Humanure Compost Training in Haiti — Part I

Humanure Compost Training in Haiti — Part II

Humanure Compost Training in Haiti — Part III


  1. Thank you for offering these informative videos. I learned some good stuff. That’s why I come back to PRI every day.

  2. Amazing info, amazing timing. Thanks Joe!
    I`m a huge fan of your book. Ever since I heard Hunderwasser say `shit is gold` I started experimenting with composting my dung, but it wasn`t until I read your book that I felt I really understood the art. Now I`m fully into it, and am the local expert!
    I live in Japan where humanuring has temporarily gone out of style, but minds are starting to change and young people here are getting interested.

    I will be visiting areas devastated by the recent quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster from tomorrow in order to assess ways in which to organize future disaster relief and reconstruction efforts, and one of the most immediate focal points was to initiate compostoilet training programs. I had imagined that similar activities had taken place in the past, but to see your Haiti videos only a day before leaving for Fukushima is really quite amazing.
    Thanks for all your great work and inspiration.
    The video is excellent. It really hits all the nails smack on their heads!
    I must say, You the Man!

  3. Oh, and of course, Mr. Craig, I would be completely in the dark if it weren`t for all the excellent information and wisdom that you share on this site.
    Thank you for sharing all your hard work.
    This site is easily the most informative and uplifting place on the web for me.

  4. I have to add, it is certainly possible to compost bones, I have composted chickens and guinea pigs.
    After 5 days of high temperature a guinea pig looks like a black banana skin, the bones melt away very quickly.
    I believe Geoff has composted a deer.
    We could be composting humans if we wanted to.
    It is great to see this positive story coming out of Haiti, it would be great to know whether they are growing some food with the compost now.
    From a human labour point of view it looks a bit like hard work carrying those buckets, hopefully someone is fine tunning that aspect and setting up a more passive system.

  5. I am doing a compost heap on my roof on an old industrial building in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. I have two piles, One which is just kitchen scraps and the other which is cat litter (pine recycled). The pile which is kitchen scraps shrinks fast. The other attracts more flies. Should I combine them? We grow food on another terrace roof and I am using the compost I make for soil.

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