Design and implementation of sustainable development programs using permaculture as a guiding methodology

Permaculture for Food Sovereignty

Ziguinchor, Senegal

“Permaculture pour Souveraignete Alimentaire”

This Permaculture for Food Sovereignty training, facilitated by Afristar Foundation’s Lindsay Dozoretz for Catholic Relief Services Ziguinchor office, was a basic introduction to applied permaculture in the Senegalese context, with a particular emphasis on sustainability on a local level, and on building the capacity of beneficiaries to achieve self-sufficiency in regards to food production. The training focused on methods for intensifying food production and prolonging the primarily rainfall-dependent growing season, through soil building, effective water management and comprehensive design and planning.

The training covered the following themes: Local Impact of Global Environmental Challenges; Permaculture Principles, Theory and Approach; Methods of Site Analysis; Water Management Principles & Techniques; Basic Ecology; Introduction to Soils, Soil Management and Rehabilitation; Sustainable Agriculture Theory and Practical Application, Integrated Pest Management, and Designing for Sustainability.



As the first such training in Senegal, the training content generated a great amount of discussion and enthusiasm, and participants exhibited a high level of engagement and participated actively throughout the training. The training marked the initiation of a program rollout in the Casamance, and along with covering the content listed above, also achieved the following goals:

  • Creation of three Site Maps & Permaculture Designs for the CRS Bureau in Ziguinchor
  • Initiation of a local permaculture demonstration site, at the homestead of CRS employee Felix Manga in Ziguinchor
  • Preliminary assessment of beneficiary household in Simbandi Balant
  • Development of a basic Action Plan for initial phase of program