IDEP Foundation

Supporting Post-Disaster Recovery in Pasigala through Permaculture Training

To support post-disaster recovery in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala (Pasigala) in Central Sulawesi, we partnered with YPAL Poso to organize Introduction to Permaculture training in Palu. The training, which took place on July 10, 2019, was participated by 20 representatives of NGOs who have been working for the community development around the Pasigala area.

Participants come from different NGOs which have community development programs around Pasigala areas (Photo: Fadhil Abdullah)

In September 2018, a number of Pasigala areas were hit by an earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction. Based on the latest release of the National Disaster Management Agency in March 2019, the series of disaster resulted in 4,340 people died or were declared missing.

This training is intended as a way to support the participants’ partner communities in the post-disaster recovery phase. Permaculture, which is an environmental-friendly and sustainable agricultural system, can be an alternative solution offered by participants to their partner communities to meet the needs for healthy food. Not only that, but the crop surplus can also be sold to generating income for the family. The application of permaculture in question was carried out through the development of the family-home garden. With a permaculture approach, the home-garden will later be managed by utilizing local resources available around without the slightest use of expensive fertilizers and chemical pesticides that damage the environment.

The training facilitated by Sayu Komang from IDEP was filled with discussions and practices about permaculture implementation in relation to production activities at the village level in general. Furthermore, using the permaculture method, participants were invited to learn to identify the potential of local resources in the village where they work. This is intended to help them to facilitate the development of the home-garden later on. Participants were also provided with a permaculture guide module that they could use when implementing permaculture with their partner communities.

Thanks to Caritas Austria and Give2Asia for supporting this effort. (Ed)