Permaculture in Africa

 

Permaculture in Africa

Around the world permaculture principles are being applied to create sustainable designs for human settlements and agricultural production- from broad scale farms to small-scale urban gardens, from a New York community city farm to a community of small-holders in Africa.

In a continent like Africa, fraught by problems of deforestation, food and water insecurity and recurring droughts, permaculture offers low cost, production enhancing techniques which help build self- sufficiency and food, water and energy security and sovereignty. Perhaps most importantly permaculture offers a bridge between traditional knowledge systems and new sustainability science which is essential in order to build resilience to climatic changes.

There are various examples of permaculture being applied successfully across Africa and also many examples of traditional African systems which have inspired modern permaculture such as for example the Chagga homegardens on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Elsewhere, in Zimbabwe, in a little community on the border to Mozambique called Chikukwa, CELUCT has supported farmers applying permaculture principles for 25 years to re-forest the hill-sides, restore the natural springs and creating diverse small holdings for food security. In South Africa, SEED has been using permaculture principles to create outdoor learning spaces in schools, incorporating permaculture principles into the curriculum and establishing food gardens for demonstration. In Uganda, at Permaculture Sabina, permaculture principles have been used to turn a home for orphaned children into a self-sufficient farm.

In Kenya, permaculture has just recently started to take root. Have a look at this video to see what Esther, recently educated to be a Pemraculture Educator with Mindful Generations in Kisii, has to say about how permaculture has changed her life:

 

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