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In cooperation with the Global Ecovillage Network of Europe GEN Europe and GEN Africa, Peter Murage, Director of MOOF Africa received training in Ecovillage Design Education at the Okodorf Sieben Linden, Germany in August 2011.

MOOF Africa will be collaborating with GEN Europe to promote Ecovillage Design Education and Permaculture in Kenya.

This will enhance the building of sustainable technologies that will empower people to live together in harmony, produce and consume healthy foods as well as work together to enhance peace in their communities.

MOOF AFrica will also be collaborating with GAIA Education to promote the training in Ecovillage Design Education in Kenya

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Ecological Agriculture

Ecological Agriculture

In permaculture we teach ecological agriculture.

Ecological agriculture means growing food in diverse systems that are 100% organic (chemical free) and which do not use monocultures. They build and maintain soil fertility through maintaining the right mix of plant species (including nitrogen fixers) on the land all year round and make more use of multifunctional trees and other perennial plants. Any fertilisers or sprays are made from plant materials, such as compost teas or neem insect repellent. It is natural-system-based farming.

Ecological agriculture is truly sustainable – it can regenerate and refertilise the degraded and damaged agricultural soils that cover most of the world, and will allow us to continue producing food on that land indefinitely. Conventional agriculture degrades and depletes the soil, and so cannot continue to feed us, and the “progress” made in agriculture in the last decades has come at an enormous environmental and social cost .

Ecological agriculture also outyields industrial agriculture – it gives a combined and continual yield from land, instead of one or two big monoculture harvests per year. And it is much more efficient in energy and financial terms when we consider the cost and embodied energy of conventional farming’s chemical inputs. Ecological agriculture gives us a much better output for our input.

This has all been proven and agreed upon by the best independent (not paid by the big chemical and seed companies) agricultural researchers in the world (not just the western academics).

In 2009 the UN-sponsored International Assessment on Agricultural Science and Technology in Development (IAASTD) report was published, the result of several years work by over 400 of the worlds top independent researchers compiling evidence from thousands of research projects and case studies around the world. Halfway through writing the report, the biotechnology/GMO companies withdrew their participation from the report because they realised the report was not going to endorse genetic modification of crops, and that its findings and opinions threatened their business interests and the whole chemical industrial agricultural paradigm.

The IAASTD report clearly recommends that ecological agriculture is the only way in which we will be able to continue to feed the current world population.

You can read the IAASTD summary and the whole report by clicking here:

The need for sustainable agriculture is so inevitable, even the UN has to admit it.

“Agroecology outperforms large-scale industrial farming for global food security,” says UN expert. — The United Nations Office at Geneva (<- click here)

In an article (first reported 22 June 2010), UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Professor Olivier De Schutter “makes an airtight case for a global policy shift toward agroecological production.”

Along with 25 of the world’s most renowned experts on agroecology, the UN expert urged the international community to re-think current agricultural policies and build on the potential of agroecology.

The widest study ever conducted on agroecological approaches (Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, UK) covered 286 projects in 57 developing countries, representing a total surface of 37 million hectares: the average crop yield gain was 79%. Concrete examples of ‘agroecological success stories’ abound in Africa. —The United Nations Office at Geneva

You can read 2 excellent articles about this issue on the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia’s website by clicking here:

Need for sustainable agriculture admitted by UN

and

The Food Crisis: “A Perfect Storm” – and How to Turn the Tide


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Permaculture

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.

The ecological and biological processes of the land, plants, animals, nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all examined and incorporated into a productive, functional Permaculture System.

Elements in each system are viewed in relation to other elements and the outputs of one element become the input of another. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for though proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Within permaculture systems work is minimized, “wastes” becomes resources, productivity and yields increase, and the environment is restored.

Permaculture aims to create stable productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with the people not only for today but also the future.

 

Sustainability of a system over its lifetime is measured by how well it can produce enough energy to maintain and duplicate

Peter Murage is a well Trained PErmaculture Designer, Trainer and Consultant.

He is a member of the International Permaculture Coordinating Committee

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MOOF AFrica is a not for profit organisation located in Nanyuki Kenya committed to promoting sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, food security and enterprise development among youth, women and farmer groups in Kenya.

MOOF Africa is also involved in promoting agribusiness, micro-credit and value chain enhnacement to improve the livelihoods of famer groups and and promote food soverighty.

Led by Peter Murage, a renowned Permaculture Designer, Trainer and Consultant MOOF Africa is reaching out to a number of communites, farmer groups, and schools to provide sustainable training in permaculture and Ecovillage Design Education in Kenya

MOOF Africa is managed by a Board of Trustees who advises and oversees the direction of the organisation.

The Director of MOOF Africa is looking for opportunities to network and partner with any organisation or individuals who is willing to support MOOF to improve the livelihoods of the people through sustainable food security projects and environmental conservation in the drought striken northern part of Kenya.

For further information Contact

moofafrica@yahoo.com

or Telephone: 00254-733-66-4103

Thanks

 

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