Small-holding farming and permaculture gardens have something in common: they provide their people with food and they are a self-providing or subsistance economy. Permaculture is also being used to mitigate the effects of climate change. It is helping farmers rejuvenating the soil and fight desertification.
In Ethiopia, the organisation “SMART” is teaching farmers permaculture and implements and operates a number of solar powered wells in rural Ethiopia. Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. SMART stands for Sustainable Management of Alternative and Renewable Technologies.
Asmelash Dagne is a techear and in charge of food production within the local Ethiopian NGO SMART. He is also a part of the movements Slow Food International and 10,000 Gardens in Africa.