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4% Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, Central America

IPES was founded in September 2002 by small farmers who wanted to stop the progress of destruction to their environment and way of life. Much of the land on which small farmers subsist is poisoned and eroded, and deforestation is a major problem country-wide.

Over the past decade, IPES has built up a network of subsistence farmers who work with ecological farming methods. In some of El Salvador’s most impoverished communities, IPES teaches community leaders how to protect and rebuild their soil, ensure food security and sovereignty, protect genetic biodiversity, build with local materials, improve drinking water and sanitation facilities, prepare for climate change, and empower women. Their objective is to strengthen organization and knowledge within rural communities so that they can identify their own needs and develop practical ecological solutions with minimal use of external resources.

The communities are not ‘sold’ the permaculture ideology. Instead, they approach IPES, having seen and heard about their work and the benefits it has brought to their friends and neighbours. They don’t get hand outs, just training on how to farm in a way that benefits them and their environment. Many of the staff members are farmers who participated in the training early on, and the Institute now has a queue of communities waiting to get involved. Unicorn has been supporting IPES since 2008 and has helped IPES train over a hundred community leaders in the districts of Torola, Suchitoto and Cacaopera.

From 2013-2016 we are supporting IPEs to train leaders in a further district of the country, Morazán. Visit Permature Institute of El Salvador
  Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, Central America

  Some of the projects we support

4% - Soil for Life - Established in 2002, Soil for Life assists Township communities in South Africa to overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of food gardens. 

4% - NEED Burma - Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development works with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.

4% - CELUCT - have been working for over 20 years to create sustainable, agro-ecological farming practices to tackle food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

1% - Middlewood Trust - The Middlewood Trust is based in Lancashire and was set up 30 years ago to provide education and research into sustainable living and food production, low impact lifestyles and ecosystems.

1% - St. John's Sunshine - is a community co-operative in Old Trafford which generates solar energy for a community centre and uses the revenue to benefit local people.

View some of the other projects we've supported

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