Call out: Send us your Best Permaculture Resources

for translation into Refugee Languages Our experience in Permaculture for Refugees (P4R) of teaching permaculture with refugees has shown that suitable good learning materials in their languages are missing. Materials need to be appropriate to regions and circumstances, as well as culture, literacy and prior education. This issue of equity and access taps into the … Read more

Permaculture education and action programs continue to thrive in East African camps

They say that these permaculture programs make a difference to people’s lives by nutrition, food security, coming together in unity, earning income and improving health. The situation in East African camps is being exacerbated by global crises, food shortages and price spikes, so permaculture education, kitchen gardens and regenerative livelihoods are even more important. A … Read more

Eat what you grow, grow what you eat

Interview with Ernest Gibba and Marguerite Kahrl In P4R we use the term ‘refugee’ interchangeably with forced migrants, stateless or internally displaced peoples (IDPs), asylum seekers and refugees. While some of these labels are used to define political and legal status of mobilised populations, it is our intention to embrace these situations under the umbrella … Read more

Natalie Topa shares about her commitment to Resilience Design

Over the last 17 years, I have been working all throughout Africa where I am based, as well as in the Middle East and South East Asia.  I came to East Africa in 2005, to bring my skills in Urban and Regional Planning to the context of post-war South Sudan where I focused on post-disaster … Read more

Impact of the First PDCs in Refugee Camps

P4R is on the brink of releasing a full report of the outcomes of the first Permaculture Design Certificates (PDC) courses run for refugees in refugee camps. The project of trialing PDCs in refugee settlements in a wide range of situations began in 2018 and was halted by Covid-19 in March 2020. Ongoing regular communication … Read more

Power of Community Radio in East African Refugee Settlement

We are excited to highlight the Kakuma Kilimo Endelevu Radio Program that broadcasted permaculture lessons in Kakuma refugee camp for eight weeks in 2021. The program was in Swahili and able to reach an audience of 200,000 people within the reach of Atta Nayece Radio Station, where the program was broadcasted from. It included core … Read more

Low-tech with Refugees

The project ‘Low-tech with Refugees’ aims to improve the resilience and autonomy of exiled people, whilst promoting the sustainable development of the local area, through the diffusion of low-tech skills and systems. Since 2018, when Marjolaine Bert started the project in Lesvos, Greece, Low-tech with Refugees has already impacted more than 8,000 people, including trainees … Read more

Designing for Resilience and Regeneration

Green Releaf Initiative in the Philippines supports recovering communities, especially displaced people from typhoons, teaching people how to become more resilient against future disasters. They are working on changing the narrative of DRR or Disaster Risk Reduction into Designing for Resilience and Regeneration.   In 2019, the Global Peace Index referred to the Philippines as “the … Read more

Supporting permaculture education in East African refugee settlements

Ethos Foundation and Permaculture Education Institute have supported over 1500 young people this year to receive free localised permaculture education in refugee camps in East Africa, distributed thousands of tools and millions of seeds, supplied hundreds of girls with handmade washable hand-made sanitary pad kits, activated ‘barefoot’ permaculture extension officers, supported the development of multiple community permaculture education … Read more