Your can help farmers in Borneo improve their crops through permaculture and build resilience for future generations.
Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan (YPK) was established to work on sustainable solutions to the challenging environmental and social issues facing the region of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The natural integrity and rural livelihoods of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) are threatened by illegal logging, mining, and the expansion of industrial-scale monoculture, such as palm oil plantations.
Within the last 10 years, Kalimantan forests have declined by more than 9%, mostly converted for commodity crops as palm oil, with severe associated losses of carbon, biodiversity and other ecosystem services. The landscape of Central Kalimantan is a critical ecosystem and is known as one of the last remaining ‘lungs of the earth’. It is still home to an array of threatened and endangered plant and wildlife species including the Bornean orangutan declared ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for Conservancy of Nature (IUCN) in 2016.
Every year large-scale fires – caused by a ‘slash and burn’ approach to agriculture – cover the area in a toxic smog that reaches as far as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
There is a great need to simultaneously address drivers of deforestation through sustainable land use activities and at the same time to restore the biodiversity of already degraded lands and forests to enhance the resilience of communities and ecosystems.
Permaculture is an integrated sustainable land and livelihood management approach that creates agriculturally productive ecosystems leading to ecological diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems, farms, communities and economies. The permaculture approach seeks the harmonious integration of landscape and people by providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and nonmaterial needs in a sustainable way. YPK uses this method in conjunction with community-centred and culturally-appropriate education programmes, establishing farming demonstration sites and activities.
Through teaching these sustainable agricultural methods, food security is achieved utilising climate change mitigation strategies such as carbon sequestration, no-burn no-tillage farming, use of perennials, pioneer and nitrogen fixing trees as well as multiple methods of composting, biodiverse agroforestry – all of which present practical strategies to address climate change on a local level. YPK has been contracted to deliver sustainable land management and farming training to lead farmers of the One Million Tree project in partnership with the Borneo Institute since 2016 and this project will continue for another 2 years.
In order to continue the impact of this education and capacity-building with communities in Central Kalimantan, YPK currently requires funding for its sustainable demonstration farm and school kitchen garden programme to teach integrated sustainable land management strategies, impacting 500 farmers and 200 school children per year, via visits, workshops and intensive permaculture training courses.
SDIA is seeking to raise $17,285 USD to support Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan in this initiative.
Long Term Impact
By working with the local community in a ‘solutions based’ approach aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and through sustainable and natural rehabilitation of infertile areas, YPK is helping to improve livelihoods, environmental conditions and ensure food security. The solutions proposed are not a quick fix; they are a long-term investment in the future for the communities of Central Kalimantan.
YPK’s permaculture demonstration site is the only one of its kind in Kalimantan accessible to our target group. By using this site and by providing the opportunity to partake in the intensive Permaculture Design Course to lead farmers who can then take what they have learnt back to their own communities in a structured and supervised way, YPK can support communities to disseminate practical long term sustainable land management solutions. This approach is new to the farmers of Central Kalimantan, it is greatly needed and the impact is sustainable and long term.
YPK page on SDIA Website
Videos: YPK’s Intensive permaculture training for local farmers
Video by Clara Rust of the Human Force camp held at Permakultur Kalimantan Foundation in 2016