Permaculture for peace: Permaculture facilitates peace building in post conflict areas through permaculture workshops that empower marginalized and displaced communities to co-develop long term food-security, energy sufficiency and participatory democratic structures based on permaculture principles. Morever, Permaculture provides them with a practical manual of knowledge that they can valorize and exercise to earn a living.
Through permaculture instructions, people learn to create systems that produce food often from resources that are currently being wasted in whatever space they are living in.
Permaculture for peace in Laikipia: For years Maasai tribes in Kenya have been traditionaly pastoralist people and well-known nomads, moving from one land to another to provide their cattle with some grass and water. As the land was free, they did not see its value. However, free land does not exist anymore.
Nowadays people are buying land and fencing it, driving Maasai people away. Consequently as Maasai and Samburu tribes do not own individual property but rather own land communally they are affected by overgrazing.They often have to walk for days in search of grass to feed their animals and it has become a source of conflicts with land owners that perceive them as enemies as well as within their own communities. Cowherding is no longer a sustainable lifestyle.
They have to find an alternative ways of livelihood and since, they do not have the knowledge of cultivating and farming their land. This is where permaculture gets into action through collectively designing models with this communities that can be replicated throughout.