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Permaculture, the Flip Side of Sustainability

Permaculture, the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient is the simplest way in which individuals and communities can live cheap and healthy lifestyles.

It is way of using our available resources to improve our livelihoods while maintaining a balance between daily human needs and what nature supplies. It aims at developing an environmental management system that is ecologically diverse, stable and resilient, using a set of techniques to get more out of the land while protecting the health of the people and that of the environment. 

As a conservation organization whose mission is to create a future where humans live in harmony with nature, WWF embraces principles of sustainability and strives to ensure that natural resources are utilized sustainably to meet human needs. This is why WWF has partnered with SCOPE (Schools and Colleges in Permaculture) Zambia to implement permaculture in two schools (Kalobolelwa and Silolo) in Sesheke, Western Province of Zambia.

This past week, I was part of the WWF and Scope Zambia design workshop, that successfully established a permaculture club at Kalobolelwa Secondary School, Zambia. The participants of the workshop included; teachers, pupils, parent members of the Parent Teachers Association, and a camp officer from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Individuals came together to plant different fruit seeds at the school, with the ultimate goal of creating a fruit forest.

Community Based Natural Resources Officer, Miyoba Buumba, participating in the tree planting exercise
Young student from Kalobolelwa Secondary School, preparing the soil before fruit seeds were planted
Primary school pupils carrying the tree seeds

By the end of the workshop, the team successfully planted 250 seeds of different fruits, and I truly believe that the skills gained and knowledge acquired during this workshop will be highly beneficial to both individuals and communities. The communities will live heathier lives by eating fruits and vegetables planted organically, and by themselves.