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The IPC India 2017 Conference will be held during two days in Hyderabad on November 25 and 26, 2017. This joyful and fruitful event is open to all and will be packed with presentations, workshops, panel discussions and a lot of cultural exchange between people from all over the world with various backgrounds in regards to permaculture and other sustainable living school of thoughts. The presentations will be connected through the following six subthemes all supporting the event main theme: “Towards healthy societies”. The below programme is subject to change.


Saturday, November 25

Conference day1
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Sunday, November 26

Conference day2
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Click on the different subthemes below to discover who will address them through their experience at the Conference.

Women as agents of change

Dr. Vandana Shiva (India)
Keynote address:
"Women lead the change from Violence to Non Violence, from greed to caring and sharing"

Robyn Francis (Australia)
Keynote address: "Regenerating community resilience in a changing world"

Cathe' Fish (the United States)
"Empowering women worldwide with water and sun energy management"

Linda Kabaira (Zimbabwe)
“Building resilience in west Zambia through female Permaculture gardening"

Robin Clayfield (Australia)
Panel discussion:
“Are women leading the change?"

Mahatma Gandhi had said "be the change you wish to see in the world". This quote holds true for both men and women. Women continue to produce 80% of food in developing countries and it is critical to extend their role as the 'protectors' and 'nurturers' of their loved ones to 'protectors' and 'promoters' of healthy societies. By harnessing their knowledge, providing more leadership opportunities and creating a gender equal environment, we can take decisive steps towards creating a resilient world.

Permaculture as a social responsibility

Manish Jain (India)
“Deschooling and Permaculture"

Leigh Brown (South Africa)
“How a Permaculture grassroots youth movement can bring about resilience in cities and settlements"

Stuart Muir Wilson (Australia)
“Implementing social and environmental justice with Permaculture for the most vulnerable citizens of Melbourne"

Seetha Ananthavisan (India)
“Fostering holistic thinking through gardening in schools"

Mugove Walter Nyika (Zambia)
“Permaculture as a tool for shaping the future that we want - working with young people in schools”

Nipun Mehta (India)
“Social Permaculture: Connecting branch tips to the roots"

As said by Bill Mollison, "The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children." People Care is this core ethic which begins with ourselves and expands to include our families, neighbours and companions, spreading the Fair Share mindset among everyone, no matter their age or status. Collaborative and educational efforts that instill the values of care, compassion, gift economy, harmony and justice will lead us towards an inclusive society, that is free of oppression and inequality.

Grassroots permaculture in action

Nicholas Syano (Kenya)
“Community regeneration through dryland Permaculture: Maiuni community case in Kenya"

Rowe Morrow (Australia)
Panel discussion: “The difficulties, and enormous potential contribution, of Permaculture for mass migration and refugees"

Andy Goldring (the United Kingdom)
“Permaculture, sociocracy and changing the world"

Beatriz Ramirez Cruz (Mexico) & Tierra Martinez (Argentina)
“Building a new paradigm: Permaculture as a dream of peace"

Clea Chandmal (India)
“Permaculture kitchen gardens as a solution for malnutrition – a case study from central India"

François Léger (France)
“Living on very small farms with Permaculture principles: examples of French microfarms combining ecological, social and technical intelligence"

As a playground for human-scale experiments, grassroots permaculture is essential to make new ecological and social solutions emerge. Through concrete and localized achievements like commons, participatory initiatives, or sociocracy, it puts the people at the heart of systems and policies - even during crises situations (refugees camps). From site-specific to duplicable or upscaling ideas, always leaning on the power of community, grassroots initiatives move people into action with a holistic approach rather than isolated pieces, enabling them to handle their resources and needs in a fecund and democratic manner.

Sustainable water resource management

Sri Rajendra Singh (India)
“Flow: an experience of Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS)"

Padma & Narsanna Koppula (India)
“Aranya's Permaculture initiatives”

KS Gopal (India)
“Agriculture rejuvenation in drought prone areas: moisture at the zone and microbes as soil enrichment"

Drought and its alter ego, flood, are likely to happen more and more often in the future. In many countries where drylands and erosion have extended their boundaries during the past decades, water shortages and sudden heavy rains are already every days challenges. Yet, if water is a critical resource for humans, it is critical for life on earth as well. Sustainable water management is a cornerstone of any healthy society. Through permaculture principles, we have a toolbox within easy reach to handle diverse sources of water (rainwater, water table, glaciers, aquifers, etc.) responsibly and regeneratively.

Revitalising and preserving traditional farming practices

Raya & Freedom Cole (the United States)
“Ancient Indian agriculture: Ayurvedic arboriculture and plant care"

Christopher Nesbitt (Belize)
“Permaculture as a tool for climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation"

Qinghua Yuan (China)
“Revive urban lands in Chinese modern cities, according to the principles of Permaculture"

Cadi Pink (the United Kingdom)
“Onwards with natural patterns: Lush and Permaculture”

Himalayan Permaculture Centre (Nepal)
“Building household and community resilience in the Himalayas”

Cultural diversity and traditions formed over the centuries make this world a rich place. Globalization-mania has weakened vernacular cultures that have thrived in their environment. Standardized solutions and products tend to become the norm even in the agricultural world. Permaculture roots it philosophy into ancient practices, revitalizes them with the fusion of modern, relevant techniques and innovations to revive the empirical know-how accumulated over many generations. This establishes a fruitful and respectful dialogue between different cultures and times.

Permaculture and climate change adaptation

Starhawk (the United States)
“Permaculture activism and climate change"

Kiyokazu Shidara (Japan)
“Fukushima disaster and Permaculture: how to handle radiation in the soil and the body through biological methods?"

Prof. Sultan Ismail (India)
“Soil health: an India earthworm’s eyeview"

Erle Rahaman-Noronha (Trinidad & Tobago)
“Successes and challenges in implementing Permaculture designs in heavy clays and loose sands in the Caribbean in a time of climate change"

Boniface Gomes (Bangladesh)
“Building capacity and empowering communities towards climate change adaptation and food security in Southern Bangladesh”

Very few doubt that climate is going to get more extreme and erratic in the coming years. With its holistic approach, permaculture appears as a suitable answer to slow down climate change, mitigate its effects and protect us from disasters. Resilient ecosystems of food forests and living soils can limit greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to food production. Putting activism and embodied energy at the heart of its philosophy, permaculture provides new patterns to bring effective transition in our consumption and build sustainable models that reduce fossil fuels extraction and wastage of the limited resources we have.

The IPCs have always been a place to engage sustainability thinkers and practitioners to strategize and shape the vision of permaculture and sustainability in general. Here are some images from the previous IPCs and National Permaculture Convergence, India. Join us in bringing the change.