Two Week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Makueni
(in partnership with Drylands Natural Resource Centre)
When: 24th March – 2nd April
Where: Drylands Natural Resource Centre Makueni
Cost: 400 USD / 40,000 Ksh
Details: Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies – imitating the no waste, closed loop systems seen in diverse natural systems. Permaculture studies and applies holistic solutions that are applicable in rural and urban contexts at any scale. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox including agriculture, water harvesting and hydrology, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture, appropriate technology, economics and community development.
This course takes place at PRI-Kenya partner organization, Drylands Natural Resources Centre in Makueni region. The site is run by PRI-Kenya chairman Nicholas Syano who works with 400+ farmers and DNRC have made a huge impact not only on farmers food security but also their well-being and the health of the environment. This design course also includes a special module on Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) — a simple but wonderfully effective technique for landscape regeneration which works beautifully together with permaculture and which is rapidly being recognized as an important tool for regenerating drought prone African landscapes. DNRC is an educational permaculture demonstration model in development so participants will get the opportunity to see this in action.
Nicholas is also one of the co-founders of Permaculture Research Institute-Kenya (PRI-Kenya). Nicholas is adds value as an external research consultant to help develop our Research Programme. Nicholas has extensive experience of project management from his time at Kenya Institute of Organic Farming as well as Nyumbani Village, where he acted as Programme Manager for seven years.