Permaculture initiative through community participation

A permanent link between nature and community well-being


Permaculture agriculture, also known as permaculture farming, is an approach to food production that applies the principles of permaculture to create sustainable, regenerative and self-sustaining agricultural systems.

It seeks to mimic natural ecosystems, maximizing their efficiency and productivity while minimizing negative impacts on the environment. Permaculture agriculture is not just about growing food but also about integrating various elements to create a harmonious and resilient system.


Located in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the area of this project extends over the territories of Réserve de la Bombo Lumene (DCRBL), Shera et Runingu and Balanga Village.

The forests of the Congo Basin are the first (and last) lungs of the planet. They absorb more carbon than any other forests in the world. They are also an essential reservoir of biodiversity.


Permaculture initiative through community participation: protecting natural resources and promoting the development of resilient communities

Planting natural species of trees to withstand the effects of climate change while increasing the standard of living in the Democratic Republic of Congo through employment creation.

The project actively protects natural resources within the territories of Réserve de la Bombo Lumene (DCRBL), Shera et Runingu and Balanga Village. It also fosters and promotes community development increasing their resilience to the effects of climate change.

By planting natural species of trees in 10.000 ha of single farms, the project also increases the standard of living through employment creation, directly and indirectly, in the RDC.

The permaculture initiative creates sustainable food sources for the local communities and provides solutions for soil fertility, water conservation and animal habitat.

The project is developed and implemented through the partnership of relevant stakeholders, including Fanyatu and Graine de vie.


Project activities and goals

Environmental Impact

Set up large-scale tree planting projects on 10.000ha based on “direct seeding” technique all while raising awareness on climate change and adaptation strategies


Create capacity building programs to increase the resilience of vulnerable groups to redefine their daily practices and become actors in reforestation

Economic Impact

The project implementation and consequent activities contribute to the increase of the standard of living through the creation of job positions, both direct and indirect


Empowering change through project implementation

Through the income from the carbon credits crosscutting generated from the project, activities will be implemented in four scopes:

To provide women entrepreneurs within the project with viable and accessible finance options to help support them in investing
Alternative Livelihoods
Support and guidance to strengthen producer associations and enterprises, with a focus on women
Climate Change Awareness
Develop and implement a communication campaign among women and men to highlight the importance of the sustainable practices for the conservation of the land
Capacity building
Undertake capacity building workshops to train experts, women and men extension workers and community members on more efficient processing and storage techniques and cultivation



«Regreening Africa with the power of permaculture» is Fanyatu’s motto. The organization aims to promote permaculture by creating permaculture schools all over the African continent.

Graine de vie

Non-profit organization dedicated to reforestation integrated into local life. It has an approach based on four axes: community management, cross-sector partnership, north-south exchanges and the coherence of their actions with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Permaculture Congo


Permaculture initiative through community participation


Sustainable Development Goals

The key to tackling slash-and-burn agriculture is to make agriculture more settled by creating high-yielding, self-fertilising systems

Low-tech techniques implemented locally: solar oven, cookstoves and biodigesters

The nurseries produce forest, fertilizer trees and cash trees, useful in increasing community’s economic and food resources

Direct-seeding techniques enable CO2 emissions capture and the improvement of the biodiversity of the area

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