Programme Evaluation in Uganda
Olivia works as a consultant for development/humanitarian/peacebuilding project evaluations. On this picture, she was at the border between Uganda and DRC, evaluating an NGO for their trade support activities for petty traders and women's groups.
Rocket mass heater
Built with bricks, clay, sand, a barrel and water, this construction will allow to hear the tropical greenhouse at the ginger farm for the next winter, and preserve plants such as the vanilla beans which would not be able to survive otherwise. Burning a little bit of wood at one end, the smoke goes into the chimney and gets re-heated in two different directions, before coming out at the other end thanks to a pipe. Rocket mass heaters can incidentally be used to heat up a room, and cook!
Australia, Kenya, Brazil, Palestine...
On the trails of permaculture, an anthropologist/market gardener and a development project evaluator/food security analyst go on a quest for tools that will enable a sustainable agricultural transition...
We believe that changes are necessary for all to live in a healthier world. These changes need to start with agriculture, and human creativity.
With Trailing Seeds, we want to understand the tools that permaculture offers to re-imagine sustainable agro-ecological techniques, and a new productive socio-economic dynamic. We also want to understand how to integrate permaculture in development projects so as to reinforce food security at all possible levels.
Why? Because it belongs to each and everyone of us to take a stand in the transition that concerns us all.
How? By working on permaculture and agro-ecological farms. By combining different and complimentary competences between Clio and Olivia. By understanding what risks and opportunities permaculture entails.
Where? First, Australia, then, Kenya, Latin America and the Middle East.
When? November 2013-March 2014: Australia
March-May 2014: Thailand
To be continued...!
Generous donors from all walks of life have had a major impact in helping us to finance the first chapter of our project in Australia.
We would like thank Babeldoor, the Rotary Club of St Germain en Laye, Tekahem, Eline Van Kerm, our friends and family for the support they have provided us with. We managed to reach our target goal of 8500Euros thanks to you all.
In a snapshot, permaculture is a new technique applicable to agriculture and garden production. It enables us to regain a sense of food and productive sovereignty at the individual and collective level.
It is also a philosophie that re-designs the links between men and their productive environment. Working on any land starts out with the observation of the micro-systems and eco-diversity naturally present on the land at hand.
Want to know more?
Our crowdfunding campaign has successfully reached its goal thanks to all of our donors. Please visit our former crowdfunding page: http://www.babeldoor.com/trailing-seeds/dashboard
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Pictures, fresh news will come to you via our website gallery throughout our adventure. You will find them on our blog, and our facebook page:
The Trailing Seeds Duo would like to invite you on May 5th, at the Robert Schuman School of Libramont, where Clio Van Kerm will giving a presentation on the use of permaculture for local development strategies in Wallonie! Her presentation will be given as part of the conference on local and sustainable tourism in Belgium.
On the same day, Olivia Lazard will be attending the Thai Permaculture Convergence at the Dharma Inc project in Loei where projects from all over Thailand will be gathering to discuss their successes and difficulties at various levels. She will return a few days later to Belgium, with the intention to give you plenty of news on the uses of permaculture in tropical zones!