New developments, blog posts and 'green' stories from the field, including our work with waste management, circular design and permaculture.
Former DRC Country Director in Kenya, David Kang’ethe, is cascading permaculture techniques and regenerative practices – central to the work inside and beyond displacement settings.
The Resilient Colline project is working on three levels: the landscape level, the household level and the co-op level based on a strong regenerative design method. Via employing relatively simple techniques, such as stoneworks, water harvesting, crop diversification, permagardens and greywater recycling, local communities of IDPs, returnees and host communities join forces and are trained to reinvigorate environments and strengthen sustainable livelihoods.
DRC Yemen has partnered with local farmer communities in the Sa’dah Governorate in the north-west of the country, to collect, preserve, store and multiply traditional seed stock to increase food security. Being an extremely fragile state, Yemenis and displaced people heavily depend on humanitarian aid for food. Reclamation of seed security is key to build resilience, protect livelihoods and, thus, reduce conflict risks.
DRC EAGL’s resilience approach in Tanzania uses permaculture-inspired design science to build resilience for refugee and IDP shelters, homesteads, farms and for the landscapes in which they are situated. The project illustrates the importance of rethinking current agricultural models. DRC in Tanzania promotes a localisation of food production through strategies such as bio-intensive, agroecological, agroforestry and permaculture-based resilience design approaches, including household perma-gardens and farms to prevent an over-reliance on imports and to mitigate the impacts of increases in global food prices.
In the world’s biggest refugee camp, DRC is helping to engage communities of Cox’s Bazar by building their resilience through the implementation of livelihood generating activities with a circular economy approach. In other words, this is a systemic approach to economic development which aims to eliminate waste and continually use and reuse resources.