Permaculture Plus - The many techniques to Food Security
For villagers to become self sufficient and build a cash crop, they need to use many techniques. Permaculture is at the core and the techniques are easy to learn, low cost to implement and work.
- Water capture & cleaning
- Soil Building
- Seed saving
- Permaculture planting
- Garden plot maintenance of bugs and diseases
- Tree planting for fuel
- Planting for forest canopy regeneration
Water capture & cleaning
Any water that is to be used for drinking needs cleaning - a real challenge in villages with no infrastructure. Biosand filtration, using the locally made boxes shown above, filled with local sand and gravel, provides effective filtration and purification at a very low cost. Click here for information on how this works
New methods of controlling storm water to avoid erosion and retain soil moisture into the dry season is also critical to ensure sustainable crops.
Composting & soil building
Soils are eroded, compacted and nutrient poor. Composting and using this to rebuild the deficient soil is another key step to successfully growing food crops.
Villagers are encouraged to use kitchen scraps and droppings from goats, pigs and chickens to create a rich humus for their seedlings to thrive in.