Our new Research Programme links in closely with our Permaculture and Regenerative Enterprise Programme and aims to map the social, environmental as well as economic impact of our model. We want to understand not only how the permaculture approach is beneficial for the environment and its ability to create climate change resilience, but also its benefits for farmers in terms of wellbeing, gender dynamics and social as well as economic empowerment.
Our research model is focusing on involving the farmers we work with as ‘citizen scientists’, building their capacity to gather data, make simple soil tests and analyze changes over time. This will not only build farmers capacity and improve their farm record keeping which is essential for linking farming with enterprise, but will also enable them to better participate in the evaluation process. Layering our research just like an agroforestry system, we will also conduct more complex scientific soil tests as well as measuring carbon capture of trees etc.