Category: Aid Projects

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

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 know exactly which trees are used for what (goat forage, fencing, medicine, fibre, etc.), how […]

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Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

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 of farmers — sixteen members — organizing themselves and setting up their own association called […]

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Permaculture in Lesotho

The PRI editor has been encouraging me to give a little more background info on my work on the ground here, so you can all better understand the situation I’m working in. Here’s a short attempt to do so. I have been living in Lesotho for two years, as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International (AVI ). This is part of the Australian government’s southern African aid programme for 2012-2014. […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1)

It was the beginning of June this year and we were off on another exciting permaculture adventure in Ethiopia. This time we would be heading into the west. I was contacted last year by Gemma Pilcher, an Australian lady who supports a small food security project run by some Catholic nuns from Daughters of Charity, in Dembe Dollo, a fair-sized town way out in the east of the country near […]

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Nightshade, Peach and Money for Jam (Lesotho, Africa)

Peach blossoming in Lesotho Along roadsides, and in wild parts of the countryside and vacant lots here in Lesotho, many potential food plants can be found. These have been collected and eaten by people long before the start of agriculture, such as black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). Peach trees are very common on the Lesotho landscape, found around homes and in the field. In many cases they grow wild from people […]

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North Korea Permaculture?

A tractor in North Korea (Wikimedia) Having lived in South Korea for two years, I have learnt a lot about North Korea. In fact, it has become a minor obsession of mine. The things I have learnt, however, I did not learn from the mainstream media. Quite opposite to what you hear on the evening news, I forward that the country is barely a threat to the outside world. Any […]

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Hangzhou Permaculture (China)

As I stepped out of the taxi on a dark country road somewhere in China, Thomas Somner greeted me with an impressive fact. “This land used to have a large Taoist temple here before it was completely destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. The people in the village say that there are old Taoist artifacts buried around here and under the roads. I haven’t found any though.” I had arrived at […]

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Cow Horns, Weeds and Worms (Lesotho)

Miles Durand (right), in Lesotho Introduction Lesotho is a small, mountainous country in Southern Africa. There has been an alarming two third reduction in its food production since colonial times. The signs and causes are self-evident and can be seen on the landscape and within the population. There is an urgent need to move the existing agriculture, in decline, to one of ascendancy in food production, and return the soil […]

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Water is Life

How Integrated Natural Resource Management improves water security for small farmers. by Dinabandhu Karmakar, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), India A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Photo © Craig Mackintosh Why does PRADAN support small decentralized farm-based rainwater harvesting rather than big projects? In short, we made a commitment to poor, small-holder farmers to ensure […]

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Hidden Gardens of a Sacred Landscape (Egypt)

The Makhad Trust works to restore the mountain gardens of the Jebalia Bedouin in St Katherine’s governorate, Sinai, Egypt. by Alice Gray Mahmoud, a Makhad field worker, shows the way to Wadi ‘Tlaa, an oasis amidst the barren rocks of the high mountains. I first heard about this great organisation from Jeff Anderson, one of the graduates of my most recent permaculture course in Qasr A Sir. Since I had […]

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May update for PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast

An overview of the happenings and projects at our Sunshine Coast demonstration site. by Zaia Kendall The Vanuatu PDC students gathered around their 18 day hot compost Tom was asked to teach a PDC for ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) in Vanuatu in May, which was a fantastic experience for him. He taught a class of 10 students — all local people that took their newly acquired knowledge back […]

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Living Soil Saves Lives!

A non-profit teaches a soil education program to combat the farmer suicide epidemic in rural India. By Tejal Heblekar, and edited by Eileen Mello A few kilometers from the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Orissa, rural farmers have gathered around a microscope to see what lies hidden in the ground. The Hummingbird Project, an American based non-profit organization, has equipped a soil laboratory with a microscope and […]

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