What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.

The ecological and biological processes of the land, plants, animals, nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all examined and incorporated into a productive, functional Permaculture System.

Elements in each system are viewed in relation to other elements and the outputs of one element become the input of another. Inhabitants’ needs are provided for though proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Within permaculture systems work is minimized, “wastes” becomes resources, productivity and yields increase, and the environment is restored.

Permaculture aims to create stable productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with the people not only for today but also the future.


Sustainability of a system over its lifetime is measured by how well it can produce enough energy to maintain and duplicate itself.

Brief History of Permaculture in Ghana

In early 2004 Australian permaculture teacher Greg Knibbs was invited by the Abbott of Kristo Buase Benedictine Monastery in Ghana to run two Permaculture design certificate courses (PDC) and to help to redesign the 300 acre farm. On that course Greg met Paul Yeboah, who was the farm manager at the time. Greg and Paul became good friends and together worked to set up the non-profit Ghana Permaculture Network, a legally registered NGO organization in Ghana.

In 2007 Greg went back to Ghana to co–teach another PDC with Paul for the members of the growing network.  Greg went to Ghana again in 2009 to co-teach another PDC with Paul to meet the growing demand for courses. Since 2004 we have set up 50 community tree nurseries and we are offering training, advice and networking with over 5000 thousand farmers.

We are also introducing permaculture to schools teaching about earth care, and we donate trees to schools and community organisations. In 2008 we gave away over 35000 trees to the United Nation Trees for Africa programme to this day we are still giving away thousands of trees and teaching people how to design food gardens and control the severe erosion around their homes.

We have a strong focus on forestry and replanting degraded lands. The last two trips Greg made to Ghana were to run a PDC and to support Paul and the growing network to continue the important ecological education and training he’s doing on behalf of the Ghana Permaculture Network. Greg’s organisation “Edge 5 Permaculture” which is based in Australia has been funding the program up to this point. We wish to continue and expand our small efforts, and to do this we need direct grass roots financial support.

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13 thoughts on “What is Permaculture?

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  6. Hellow My name is Zolile Baleni who currently works for an NGO in South Africa. I have recently heard about the miracle tree of moringa and would like ti investigate further but also looking at prospects to grow the tree in the western cape of South Africa. I was particularly thrilled to see how moringa soap is processed on You Tube. In my country we do not have coconut oils but i think lavender oil could be used as an alternative. Please advise.

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