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This 3-year pilot is our chance to turn theory into practice. Selected training centers in East Africa, already working with local farming communities, will contribute their experience of training and support that is adapted to the needs of local conditions and cultures.
An independent team of academics and development professionals will monitor, evaluate and report on the program's impact. Feedback from the trainers, the farmers and their support workers will inform the continuous development of the program, and the creation of a knowledge-base and support-base for a subsequent roll-out of the service world-wide.
Learn more about the Pilot Program HERE.
The Permaculture Research Institute, Kenya is the regional coordinator for the pilot program in East Africa. They will manage each phase of the pilot, liaising with the training centers, and creating a learning environment that is adapted to local conditions and cultures.
Their approach of spreading the training program out over a full year, so that a seasonally-appropriate curriculum can be interspersed with practical experimentation, fits perfectly with the permEzone approach of creating long-term support systems to maintain the momentum of change after the training is over.
Learn more about PRI-Kenya HERE.
Phase 1 with DNRC
The Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) will be the very first permEzone training center.
DNRC’s experience of training and supporting local farmers’ groups makes them the perfect resource for us to draw on during the early-stage testing and development of the permEzone program as we build the training and community-building tool-kits that will underpin the future expansion of the program.
Learn more about DNRC HERE.
If we are ultimately unable to raise sufficient funds to run Phase 1 of the Pilot Program, then the funds raised through this campaign will be donated to PRI-Kenya to further their existing training program, and to ensure that at least some of the farmers they work with in East Africa will benefit from permaculture training and support that will help to increase the resilience of their communities.