Ali Sharif is a permaculture expert who has worked with communities to establish several dozen projects on three continents. He began working full time in the southern cone of Africa in 2010 and has helped initiate several small support projects in South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. He began working as a community technical advisor with Redecame, a Mozambican advocacy NGO focused on children’s rights and child trafficking. Communities and their children become vulnerable when inroads are made into their villages by economic interests that threaten exploitation of their natural resources. Following several permaculture courses held in Mozambique a mutual decision was made to create the Instituto de Permacultura de Mozambique – IPERMO, to provide practical service and technical knowledge to Mozambican rural communities.
Protect-an-Acre’s $5,000 grant to IPERMO helped to establish a plant nursery capable of producing 10,000 native trees annually to be planted as a green buffer around three clustered communities in southern Mozambique whose natural resources are being threatened by urban expansion and other encroachments. A 22,000 liter water tank was also built to capture harvested rainwater from community buildings to provide water during the dry season.
More about permaculture:
The core emphasis of permaculture is that landscapes are complex and integrated wholes. Ecosystems are healthy and relatively stable when their parts are connected into a diverse web of relationships. In a permaculture design, decisions flow naturally from observations of these relationships. Decisions that arise from connection are inherently functional and frequently beautiful.
Permaculture uses the energies of wind, sun, water, soil, and the myriad biological processes of the world's organisms. These powerful energies, appropriately used, can reverse desertification. Soils are reclaimed. Forests, prairies, and river systems regenerate. Waste products are minimized and reused. Human communities provide for their own needs in small, efficient farms and gardens, allowing the broad landscape to return to health.
(Excerpted from Ben Haggard, Living Community, 1993)