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In 2012, I started a small education charity in Southern Africa. In its first five years, it has made remarkable progress, but like many in development, I often worry about navigating my work in a way which feels ethical, innovative, holistic and which makes the most of local resources and wisdom. These challenges combined with the pressure of this kind of work can leave one feeling lost, isolated, or worse, burnt out.

A new course led by respected permaculture teacher Chris Evans seeks to address this. Permaculture for Development Workers invites practitioners working at all levels in development to consider incorporating permaculture into their approach and demonstrates how doing so could increase the suitability and sustainability of their programmes – as well as supporting development workers’ personal resilience.

Peas and mixed lettuce polyculture

Insects are disappearing. Remember how in the '90s when you went for a drive down a country lane on a summer evening, you'd end up with hundreds of splatters on the windscreen? No more does that happen. Your car is no longer like a 1 ton moth collecting sheet. That's not to draw a parallel between vehicles and insect roadkill, although hold that thought.

We are seeing fewer insects in everyday life, whether you realise it or not. Studies suggest insect numbers have declined by around 50%.

Tackling Social Inequality: Charity and Co-operation?

“We cannot force up the wages of labour, or force down the prices of provisions, without disorganising society” – Sir Charles Trevelyan, 1846
Irish potato famine

It’s a sad fact that this quote, from the Treasury official responsible for the Government response to starvation during the potato famine in both Ireland and Scotland, seems relevant again today.

We are starting a new no dig market garden that will bring fresh organic food to Manchester. You can help by joining our crowdfunder at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grow-local-food

Guess how many commercial organic growers you can find within 10 miles of Manchester? A measly two, for a city of over a million people. That’s simply not good enough, you will agree. If you’ve kept an eye on land prices and agricultural policies in this country you'll also know how hard it is to find the right piece of land and then turn it into a viable growing business. And if you’ve grown your own veg you are well aware that it’s hard work.

Our friends at Triodos Bank have launched a new current account and you can register today! You will get an eco-friendly contactless debit card and support a bank that is lending to organisations and businesses that deliver positive change for people and planet. Triodos share our vision for a brighter future and have supported the permaculture movement for many years.

Also, by choosing to bank with Triodos your money can support our work. Simply open a Triodos Current Account, and if you are a new Triodos customer, when your balance reaches £100 they’ll donate £40 to the Permaculture Association.

Find out more, including full terms and conditions here www.triodos.co.uk/permaculture/?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=redirect&u...