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Paul Yeboah

Paul Yeboah , is an educator, farmer, permaculturist, community developer, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and coordinator of the Ghana Permaculture Institute and Network in Techiman, Ghana , West Africa . It is located in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. The purpose of the Institute is to build and maintain a stable food system, to take care of local ecosystems, and to improve the quality of life in rural areas. [1] [2] The GPN trains students and community in sustainable ecological farming techniques. They support projects throughout Ghana; women groups, micro-finance projects; teach growing moringa ; mushroom production; alley croppingAgroforestry . [3]

Permaculture is based on natural sustainable design systems. An agricultural system that uses fertility, fertility, and healthy. It encourages protection of the environment and an environmental lifestyle; so as to maintain environmental stability and maintain environmental resources for the future. It rehabilitates eroded and deforested land. The Permaculture Network encourages the practice of permaculture at home. The Permaculture Network’s mission is to encourage, educate, and promote the use of permaculture by farmers and people in Ghana, which will contribute to the environmental soundness, and stability of the country’s future.

They host international volunteers, interns, and students. [4] The Ghana Permaculture Network and Institute is a member of the Ghana Ecovillage Network. Which is an organization of sustainable development leaders and projects. Paul Yeboah is the Vice President of the GEN which works towards Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability in Ghana. Permaculture is transforming communities in Ghana through education, food production, outreach, skills development, self-sufficiency, and creating small business enterprises. [5] [6]

Background

At the age of 22 Paul Yeboah was concerned with rural and urban poverty. He received an Agricultural Certificate from the Farm Institute in Ghana. Kade Oil Palm Research Institute and Bonsu Cocoa Research Station. The seeds and seedlings were given to the farmers on a credit basis. This project was instrumental in the creation of rural processing and employment for the poor.

In 2003 Paul Yeboah was the farm manager for the Abbott of Kristo Buase Benedictine Monastery in Ghana. Greg Knibbs was invited to the Monastery to assist in the redesigning of the farm. The soil is depleted from the use of synthetic chemical pollution. Yeboah puts Greg Knibbs and they worked together to the Ghana Permaculture Network which later became the Ghana Permaculture Institute.

Career

The Ghana Permaculture Network was coordinated by Paul Yeboah in 2003. The GPN started out as a small farm demonstration training site that later grew up in the Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI). In 2007 Ghana Permaculture Nwodua Tree Nursery was created. It was created to build community income, and to deal with environmental issues such as desertification and erosion . It also does reforestation . The work is collaborative community effort involving women, youth, and men. All members of the community are a part of the benefits and benefits of working towards enhancing their environment. The project builds environmental awareness. [7]

Paul Yeboah is the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Ecovillage Network which was founded in 2012, and incorporated in 2013. Ecovillage Strategies for Sustainable Development in Ghana. [8]

The Ghana Permaculture Network started out supporting local schools, community farmers in establishing tree nurseries, and tree planting projects. The Ghana Permaculture Network has been expanded to various parts of Ghana, Togo, and Burkina Faso in West Africa.

A photograph of Tree Nursery in Techiman, Ghana.

Permaculture Institute Projects (Educational Programs)

The goal of the educational initiatives is to promote lifelong learning with emphases on vocational training and the need for sustainable development practices.

  • Permaculture Design Courses are taught in Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso, West Africa.
  • Ghana Permaculture Nwodua Tree Nursery Project – Ghana is a deforested country. The Tree Nursery Project addresses issues of deforestation in order to reverse erosion. It teaches and advocates the importance of trees and climate change issues.
  • Oyster Mushroom Production – Using Sawdust in Bags the Permaculture Institute teaches how to grow mushrooms. This project allows participants to learn how to make a waste product. Which promotes healthy diet, nutrition and skill development.
  • Demonstration Training sites for how-to build Permaculture home gardens
  • Moringa Production – Which helps to facilitate the development of small-businesses to generate income. A project that promotes healthy nutrition and skills development.
  • Ecovillage Design Course – Which teaches and acquires students with tools that can be used to redevelop their communities in ecological economics, culturally and socially ways to foster sustainability.
Ghana Permaculture Network – Mushroom Production
Mushroom Vendor, Ghana

External links

  • Paul Yeboah Permaculture Institute
  • Permaculture Design Course, Techiman Ghana
  • Permaculture Design Course (Part two)
  • Permaculture (What is Permaculture?)
  • Ghana Permaculture Video Clips
  • Permaculture and mushroom cultivation in Ghana
  • Adele Women Association ‘Upper Volta’ Region Ghana
  • Gaviotas is a model village of sustainable development in Colombia, South America.
  • Urban Sustainable Development in Curitiba, Columbia
  • Permaculture Institute – Alley Cropping and Food Forest 0001
  • Paul Yeboah on Panel Discussion about Permaculture.
  • Permaculture and mushroom cultivation in Ghana
  • Future In Our Hands International Network

Further reading

  • http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/final-report-de-schutter
  • Permaculture in Africa
  • UN: Eco-Farming Feeds the World

References

  1. Jump up^ https://permacultureghana.wordpress.com/what-is-permaculture-2/
  2. Jump up^ http://edge5.com.au/permaculture-courses-fremantle/
  3. Jump up^ http://fiohnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/PAUL-TESTIMONY.pdf
  4. Jump up^ http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/economy/artikel.php?ID=123567
  5. Jump up^ http://gen.ecovillage.org/en/gen-ghana
  6. Jump up^ https://www.permaculture.co.uk/how-permaculture-is-transforming-ghana
  7. Jump up^ http://permaculturenews.org/2011/11/01/the-ghana-permaculture-nwodua-tree-nursery-project-saving-lives-granting-livelihoods-and-restoring-eco-systems/
  8. Jump up^ http://gen.ecovillage.org/en/gen-ghana

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