Village women are going back to many of the ‘old’ methods to save their environment, their culture and their villages.
“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison
Others refer to permaculture as “Permanant Agriculture.” Verbage aside it is the sustainable agricultural method that these women are using to improve their village food growth yield (doubled in 2 years), control erosion, reduce tribal conflict, and create community to share the knowledge to continue the project.
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Improved soil management practices and better farming habits are putting smiles on the faces of women in Bafut, a community located about 400 kilometers (240 miles) from Cameroon’s capital Yaounde.
These innovations all fall within the field of “permaculture,” a system of sustainable agriculture and design principles aimed at creating a more ecological relationship with the environment.
The innovation was brought to the women by Joshua Kankonko, who grew up in the area. Women say they are experiencing better harvests and putting more money in their pockets as a result. The project has been running for two years.
Kankonko is the developer behind an eco-village built using only local materials. Farmers in the village have implemented permaculture practices aimed to benefit residents through better management of soil and environmental resources. Simple practices such as composting and erosion control are helping to increase yields….
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Small plots, big yields
Pressures on scarce fertile lands in Cameroon’s northwest have historically fueled tribal conflicts. Permaculture sets out to replenish the soil and maximize yields on relatively small plots thereby limiting the need for conflict.
According to Project Coordinator Sonita Mdah Neh, one of the best ways to do this is through natural and mechanical erosion control….
The project also stresses the use of organic fertilizers and the use of different plants and practices to maintain or even boost the amount of nutrients in the soil….
The system is already working. Farmer Justina Lum hails the system. She says within two years her yields have doubled. ….
Kankonko notes that the entire experiment has been a success story, not only improving family incomes, but also restoring the natural environment that continues to suffer from irresponsible use…
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