Re-Alliance Webinar | Refugee-Led Permaculture Education - Morag Gamble and Bemeriki Bisimwa Dusabe
In this Re-Alliance webinar, Morag Gamble (Permaculture Education Institute, Permayouth, Ethos Foundation) and Bemeriki Bisimwa Dusabe (Rwamwanja Rural Foundation, Uganda) examine Refugee-Led Permaculture Education & Action in East Africa. Morag and Bemeriki have seen the direct benefit that refugee-led, flexible and responsive approach to permaculture education, action and enterprise is bringing to people in a growing number of refugee settlements and host communities in East Africa. This program is a collaboration between the Permaculture Education Institute, Permayouth, the Ethos Foundation, Rwamwanja Rural Foundation, many local hubs, supporters from around the world, and connections with global networks. Their work is now attracting global attention through magazine articles, film-making and a big part of the Global Permayouth program that is shortlisted for a number of global awards - 2021 including the Lush Spring Prize (Influence Category) and the Hildur Jackson Award 2021. These permaculture education programs in East Africa are reaching many refugee communities. Bemeriki is a highly trained long-term refugee who knows what is needed, what has worked, and also experienced many failed programs. So far he has organised and led training for over 500 people this year alone - Permayouth, foster carers, women’s groups. Morag offers permaculture mentoring, networking, access to educational programs and certification, and coordinates the crowd-funding. Morag and Bemeriki have been working together now for about 2 years and can say with confidence that this approach is changing lives, opening possibilities, building food resilience and self-determination. It is also building global alliances and influencing thinking about ways to support refugees beyond the camps. Within the camps, this work is being noticed. For example, the Office of Prime Minister has offered land for a demonstration farm and learning centre. The Ugandan government Ministry responsible for training has officially certified the Permaculture Changemakers course. The UNHCR nominates people needing this education and opens courses. In this session Morag and Bemeriki share the story of this myceliating refugee-led permaculture education program in East Africa - now an East African chapter of Permaculture for Refugees. They show how this program has grown from one Permayouth program in one camp to a strong movement with a regional online learning community, and an emergence of the culture of permaculture through music, photography, film, books and more.
Re Alliance Webinar | Reimagining the Future of Food and Nutrition
In this Re-Alliance webinar, Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC (GRFFN) Co-Founders and Directors Matthew Adams and Elizabeth Westaway explored the future of food and nutrition. Elizabeth and Matthew discussed human's broken relationship with nature, and how a focus on measuring food quality, based on nutrient density, can provide a positive solution to inspire a new way of thinking based on creating symbiosis between humans and nature, where the output is an abundance of health. Agriculture currently uses 40% of the world’s landmass and the policy of cheap food, which is linked to supporting global food supply chains, has led to widespread environmental and social injustice. Putting profit before planet simply does not work. To learn more about GRFFN visit https://grffn.org. To see more Re-Alliance webinars, visit www.re-alliance.org/videos
Re-Alliance Webinar | What Is Agroecology?
George McAllister (Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience) and Gisele Henriques (CAFOD) explore the transformative potential of agroecology and highlight the value that it adds alongside other approaches. Discussing current language and terminology that is used, and reflecting on what unique and political perspectives that agroecology brings to the debate. You can join in the activity using the Jamboard here: https://jamboard.google.com/d/172a1giCD2FSWaeRtLvnQgVwjlzg5_r2SGVZUCXuQ3UA/viewer You can see the presentation here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15bc6JLTH9o2P960Q4Ac3F8xpcnG-24jU/view?usp=sharing
Re-Alliance Members | Inkiri Institute
Inkiri Piracanga is an ecovillage in the North-East of Brazil, bringing together the care of people, the water, soil, the regional economy. Inkiri Institute showcase ecological solutions to create healthy cycles, composting organic materials, toilet manure, and agroforestry to regenerate the landscape that was once a degraded coconut monoculture. The community grow food in agroecological systems integrated with native beekeeping and communitarian solutions to reduce the production of waste while building soil and ecological health. Find out more about Inkiri Piracanga at their website here: https://inkiri.com/ Find out more about joining Re-Alliance's thriving community of members here: https://www.re-alliance.org/members
Re-Alliance Members | Ecopoblaciones Ecuador
Ecopoblaciones Ecuador create eco-social regeneration programs that promote the participatory design and implementation of sustainable and resilient populations. Their work integrates ecology, social, economic and cultural aspects, using tools and processes of eco-neighborhoods, eco-social movements, permaculture, ecotourism, bio-construction, participatory leadership, emotional management, well-being, among others. Find out more about Ecopoblaciones Ecuador here: https://ecopoblaciones.github.io/ Find out more about joining Re-Alliance's thriving community of members here: https://www.re-alliance.org/members
Re-Alliance Members | Karambi Group of People with Disabilities
Karambi Group of People with Disabilities (KAGPWD), Uganda, combine care for the earth with care for persons with disabilities and their families. They provide training and support in permaculture and agroecology. Find out more about KAGPWD here: http://www.kagpwd.org/ Find out more about how to join Re-Alliance's thriving group of members here: www.re-alliance.org/members
Re-Alliance Members | Green Kashmir Permaculture Trust
Green Kashmir Permaculture Trust made this short film to explore the introduction of Permaculture into conflict zones of Kashmir. Green Kashmir work with trauma-sensitive Permaculture as a means of healing the land as well as the communities of people affected by the conflict. Find out more about Green Kashmir here: https://www.greenkashmir.org/ Find out more about Re-Alliance's thriving community of members here: www.re-alliance.org/members
Re-Alliance Members | Evoking Belonging
Evoking Belonging – Beyond Fragile Beings in Fragile States Evoking Belonging is a Social Sculpture practice evoking culture, identity and belonging to redress systemic inequities in community engagement and participatory development practice. Evoking Belonging was founded by Dianne Regisford. Dianne's work specifically focuses on racial, cultural and healing justice for African Diaspora communities primarily in the global north. Evoking Belonging is a regenerative ARTivist practice, which cultivates the ‘soul soil’ by nurturing expression of the ‘whole being’. Specifically focussing on the historic displacement of African Diaspora communities, over time, the practice builds resilience, evokes civic enlivenment and fosters healing justice, in turn enabling equitable participation. Evoking Belonging serves as a preparatory step to community engagement processes by addressing issues of white supremacy, power and sovereignty for communities, which are less heard, less seen, underserved and therefore easily forgotten in policy and governance processes which affect their lives. Find out more about Re-Alliance members at www.re-alliance.org.
Re-Alliance Members | Sustainable Village Resources
Sustainable Village Resources (SVR) is a community based organization in Kenya. SVR's objective is to restore lost livelihoods by creating natural Agroecology systems and hosting permaculture design courses. SVR has developed multiple aims of reaching out to people who have been overlooked, displaced or disenfranchised by mainstream social systems and financial institutions. They have been using permaculture ethics and principles as a tool to train marginalised groups in self sufficiency practices. Find out more about Re-Alliance's members at www.re-alliance.org.