Category: Aid Projects

PDC in Morocco with Darren Doherty (6-20 October, 2014)

The Fertile Roots Foundation is delighted to have Darren Doherty coming to teach our first PDC, on the site of the embryonic Al Fayda Permaculture Cooperative. This project involves 39 families and their land just north of Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. It’s an area that was until recently semi-arid, but with the rainfall patterns of the last decade it is now well and truly arid. There is talk among […]

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The Right Course (Morocco)

We are still going to be achieving a number of aims in Morocco with our first PDC in October, but I’m not convinced it’s the right way to introduce permaculture to our neighbouring farmers. It might even put them off!! But if that were the case, what would be the best introduction?

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Ten Grassroots Environmental Justice Campaigns from Around the World

Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture Andhra Pradesh in India has been called the pesticide capital of the world.  Pesticides cost farmers a lot of money.  To recover these costs the fruit and vegetables the farmers produced had to be expensive too.  This put them out of reach for many poor families.  Not only that, but farmers themselves had been hospitalised due to pesticide poisoning.  This is why Self Help Groups of […]

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The Spreading of the Permaculture Revolution in Northern Central Tanzania, and Beyond…

Seven years since the first formal permaculture training in Tanzania by Geoff Lawton, there is now a vast network of mutually interdependent and resilient communities of knowledgeable permaculture practitioners in the country.

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Rashtriya Guni Mission – Promoting Traditional Medicinal Systems (India)

A mission to revive and promote traditional health care systems — Guni traditions — in India. Abstract Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. Much of the medicinal use of plants developed through observations of wild animals, and by trial and error. As time went on, each tribe added the medicinal power of herbs in their area to its knowledge base. With industrialization and urbanization, this […]

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New Trees in Guatemala That Are Not Just for Reforestation

Special bicycle for shelling coffee beans It sounds strange to speak of poverty as an exciting opportunity, but many of the projects in Guatemala make me do just that. I’m particularly impressed with those working with trees. Reforestation is often not so simple as just planting trees. Mass agriculture has created a need for serious reforestation efforts, but that need doesn’t override humanitarian concerns like malnutrition and poverty. A largely […]

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Regenerating Rusinga Island Using Permaculture (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it2ADEr_rEo?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> A few generations ago Rusinga Island on Lake Victoria, Kenya, had lush green forest with many species of herbs and trees and the lake was clean with rich aquatic life. As the population grew, the trees were cut for fuel and the practice of modern farming has led to a degraded landscape and a polluted lake.

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Tippy-Tap: An Outdoor Hand-washing Device

‘Mukombe’ Tippy-Tap Every year, 3.5 million children die from diarrhea and acute respiratory infection in developing countries. A simple act of washing hands with soap can prevent these illnesses and save 1.2 million of these children. The solution lies in a simple hands-free device called Tippy-Tap.

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The Village Hub – When Factories Preserve the Environment

The Masarang Foundation is an Indonesian NGO dedicated to preserving nature through the empowerment of local people. It was initiated by Willie Smits, an environmental scientist, who dedicated over 30 years of his life preserving Borneo from deforestation.

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean — one half of Isla La Hispaniola, along with Haiti. The Dominican Republic Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Environment can inform us of some of the environmental challenges Dominicana faces, such as increasing deforestation and soil erosion (15% of the country’s soil is overused). Many of these issues are shared with their immediate neighbor, Haiti, which is significantly more deforested. Nathan C. McClintock points […]

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Cuyama to Kenya: Integrating Permaculture & International Development

On a spring day in 2011 I sealed a thick envelope containing my freshly printed master’s dissertation and dropped it in a mailbox, bound for the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice in Oxford, England. The title of the paper was "Designing for Disaster: Evaluating the Potential for Application of Permaculture Design in Development and Emergency Practice". The project was my first attempt to sketch out a bridge between two […]

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FoodWaterShelter Fast Fact: Tilapia Fish Farming at Kesho Leo Children’s Village (Tanzania)

At Kesho Leo we have tilapia, a freshwater fish species that is hardy and easy to farm in relatively small ponds. This makes it a perfect choice for farming families in our area. Tilapia are omnivorous, but the species we are farming (Oreochromis nyloticus, Nile tilapia) feeds primarily on phytoplankton and algae.

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