One year after Timor Leste’s independence, Timorese student activists and permaculture facilitators teamed up to rehabilitate the country’s war-torn landscapes and to encourage food sovereignty through permaculture principles and traditional agricultural practices. They created the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook, now used by Timor Leste’s Department of Agriculture and by NGOs and communities in 174 countries. Today, Permatil promotes regenerative agriculture through many avenues, including a national farmers’ network and the inclusion of place-based agricultural education and school gardens into the national school curriculum. Read the story of their genesis here.
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