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It seems scandalous that so many small family farmers around the world experience poverty and hunger. This is not the natural order!
permEzone aims to support farming communities in co-creating their own local solutions to improve yields, with the focus on achieving better livelihoods without resorting to unsustainable practices that bring short-term benefits at the expense of long-term costs. Problems that typically result from
following conventional farming advice include, for example, degraded soil and water resources, and growing debt to meet the escalating costs of expensive inputs.
A credible body of research shows that small farmers can achieve equivalent improvements in yields and livelihoods through agroecological farming methods without incurring these long-term problems. Many thousands of permaculture projects around the world are demonstrating the practical application of systems thinking to the design of sustainable and regenerative food systems. These skills can help to build resilient communities that can survive and prosper despite the shocks of disease, pestilence and adverse climate events. There are permaculture training centers actively teaching these skills all over the world.
The starting point for permEzone is a three-year pilot, which is now in the initiation phase. During this pilot we will develop the means to facilitate the sharing of information and experience about regenerative farming – ways to grow abundant food crops while improving biodiversity and the health of natural resources.
The pilot will w
ork with the existing network of permaculture training centers to test and develop the idea of sponsoring and supporting family farmers in less-developed countries to learn about the design of sustainable and regenerative food systems. The sponsored farmers will also learn how to share knowledge and experience with other members of their community through workshops and using their mobile phones.
The evidence of wide-scale land degradation and freshwater depletion and pollution all over the world, which is mostly associated with the adoption of intensive monoculture farming, tells us that changing the way we grow food is one of the fundamental imperatives of our time. To meet the challenge of feeding current and future generations without further destroying biodiversity, we need to re-evaluate our relationship to the natural world. Permaculture is one way of doing this, of moving away from agriculture as a war on nature, towards farming that learns from nature and integrates with and regenerates complex ecosystems.
As with so many of the complex and interconnected problems associated with the breaching of planetary boundaries, it has become abundantly clear that grassroots action is the only effective option available to slow down and reverse the steady degradation of these natural resources; resources that current and future generations will depend on.

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