The Planet Fund: Crowdfunding the Restoration of our Environment and Communities

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The Planet Fund is the first online global fundraiser created to assist projects the world over with the regeneration of our environment and communities. The Planet Fund has developed an entity of action — where we have the power to act globally as well as locally. We have developed this platform to address the need… Read more »

Emergency Shelters Made From Paper (TED video)

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Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 3)

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This is part three of a report on a community training program we ran in Dembe Dolo, Wolega, Eastern Ethiopia back in June, 2013. If you didn’t catch the last installments you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2. If you recall we started the training program off with introductions from the group and… Read more »

Humanitarian Vetiver Project, East Sumba, Indonesia

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Lined up for free treatment I am a young Christian missionary doctor on the Island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia. My work entails providing health and welfare to the indigenous village people who live in remote areas of East Sumba. Most are either Christian or Marupa; they are extremely poor and many have no support… Read more »

International Permaculture Volunteer Opportunity in Uganda

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For all those seeking international adventure and to share their knowledge with those who really need it, the Australian Red Cross is looking for a volunteer to fill the position of Permaculture Officer in Uganda. The role is to help subsistence farmers to establish a sustainable, organic and community-owned food supply using permaculture techniques. Ligingi… Read more »

Design Opportunities at the Edge of Society (South Africa)

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With an inspired mind, opportunities for improved design present themselves at every turn. Problems show themselves as challenges for demonstration. In this way, it’s almost as if our world’s most frustrating social and environmental issues become the best canvasses on which to patiently prove the effectiveness of our ideas. Patiently: because the temptation is to… Read more »

Permaculture Education in Poverty-Stricken South Africa

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Home gardeners are supported by Rocklands Urban Abundance Centre We are SEED, a 12 year old non-profit and Public Benefits Organisation that has been pioneering the growing of outdoor classrooms in under-resourced schools across South Africa. Learn more about our work via this video. Through the important work of connecting children to the ecosystems that… Read more »

The Chikukwa Permaculture Project (Zimbabwe) – The Full Story

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So we were saying, now what are we going to do? So we worked very hard. – Jessica Chibharo Introduction In ten years of field trips and working with students on food security and sustainable agriculture projects in South and South Eastern Africa, the project of the Chikukwa villages in Zimbabwe is the most successful… Read more »

Supporting the Spread of Zimbabwe Permaculture

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In February 2012 we ran a story here at PRI about a film being made about a fantastic permaculture project in Zimbabwe. It was about a community called Chikukwa where permaculture has naturalized itself and over 22 years has moved a community of 7000 people from hunger and malnutrition to abundance. In a recent article… Read more »

It’s a Forest, You Just Can’t See It

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An aerial view of a goat farm in the desert outside Dubai, a landscape that would benefit from Tony Rinaudo’s farmer-managed natural regeneration technique. Courtesy Mayang. Tony Rinaudo has an astonishing theory about the vast and apparently lifeless desert wastes of the UAE. He hasn’t been here, mind, and his observations are based on examining… Read more »

Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 2)

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Nurseries & Propogation, Plant Systems, Seeds, Trees, Village Development.

Continuing from: Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1) Community trainings in the third world present a bit of a different set of challenges from your average western group. The community members often have quite a wealth of indigenous knowledge on the methods and the species of the area – they… Read more »

Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

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In January, 2013, I wrote an article titled, "Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves on Rusinga Island". In December of 2012, I came to Rusinga Island for the first time under the invitation of PRI Kenya to teach a PDC to women and men subsistence farmers. What emerged out of the PDC was a small group… Read more »