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May 26, 2017
Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) is raising donations to support delegates from around the world attend IPC India in 2017, the 13th International Permaculture Convergence: a worldwide fundraiser.
FIPC is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. Credit Card donations accepted for Crowdrise. If you wish to make your donation by bank transfer to USA, Africa, Austria or UK: contact Margie Bushman firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever been to an International Permaculture Convergence (IPC)?
They are epic!
An event that draws the best and brightest permaculturists from around the world to help put together visionary solutions for a better world. For more than 40 years Permaculture has been leading the way with innovative, planet and climate friendly design strategies that are just now being fully recognized by the rest of the world as the answer to some of our most pressing global problems.
Held every two years in different parts of the globe, the next IPC takes place in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, November 2017, hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, where Permaculture will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year!
The theme for IPC India is Towards Healthy Societies, supported by six subthemes, including Women as Agents of Change and Sustainable water resource management. Founded by permaculture pioneers Narsanna & Padma Koppula, Aranya Agriculture Alternatives has been demonstrating and working on these themes for many years.
For the Permaculture community, the International Permaculture Convergences are hugely important with projects and actual working design solutions developed and shared for the smallest villages to the largest cities. Diversity of ideas and approaches, by a diversity of participants, with knowledge shared across continents & countries is the goal of every IPC. In order to ensure diversity, donations are needed for scholarships to fund some of the most talented & innovative delegates to attend.
We expect 1,200 participants coming from all continents, but not everyone has access in terms of resources to participate in this kind of event and make his or her voice matter. This is where your support is key! Your contributions will cover their travel, accommodation, food and attendance costs, and enable these delegates to experience:
- The 2-day Conference, on topics like growing a food forest in extreme climates, permaculture in Syrian refugee camps, integrating beekeeping in an urban environment, and climate change activism.
- The 5-day Convergence at a rural farm, where they can get their hands ‘clean’ working directly on the land.
- Being at the heart of discussions, sharing skills and achievements with other participants.
- Having their needs recognised and better supported.
- Access to information and knowledge that they can share with communities back home.
The IPC India conveners will support 40 Indian farmers to attend free, while this Crowdrise campaign, with your help, will support International delegates from outside India also attend.
We’ve had over 40 scholarship applications from permaculture practitioners in Nepal, Vietnam, Malawi, Thailand, Trinidad, Gambia, Haïti, Mexico and other beautiful places… By choosing to participate in our crowdfunding campaign, you will show that every voice from every part of the globe matters and contribute to spreading permaculture in some of the regions that need it the most! We warmly thank you for your contribution and hope to meet you some time in the future to say it personally.
Please support generously with your dollars, the life & civilization they save may be your own! Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC)
~ Assisting the future by design with support for the International Permaculture Convergences ~
These scholarship stories from IPC UK 2015 show what a difference you can make…
> “People were eager to show how to weave permaculture into their living ethics, such as the Quaker permaculturists. I felt pleased to find commonalities with people from tropical countries such as India, and learn of their methodologies to strengthen food sovereignty through saving seeds, and help prevent the genetic erosion of diversity.” – Paulina Chavarri, COSTA RICA
> “IPCUK was a phenomenal event for me. It was full of positive energy andfurther motivated me to work more for the economic empowerment of the school communities that I am working with.” – Mugove Walter Nyika, Malawi
> “I have met several amazing permaculture designers in person at IPCUK. I was invited to visit their places and to work with them on design projects. This empowered me to initiate design constancy as a project for the Ukrainian Permaculture Association.” – Pavlo Ardanov, UKRAINE
The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) is a USA based, fiscally sponsored nonprofit of Inquiring Systems Inc; whose specific mission is to provide scholarships for delegates from around the world attend the International Permaculture Convergences. All donations are tax deductible.
Permaculture (PERMAnent CULTURE) is a design system based on ecological principles for creating sustainable human environments and is a whole systems approach suggesting positive solutions for a rapidly changing world.
History of IPCs: IPCs take place every two years and switch between continents. Past host sites have been in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Malawi, Jordan, Cuba, the United Kingdom, and India 2017, followed by Argentina in 2020.
About IPC India 2017: This year, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives is all set to host the event in India. India is an ideal venue, with its diversity of climates and resulting landscapes. Each of these regions come with their own unique challenges, solved through long-standing sustainable traditions. This inspired them to dream of a gathering of experts from these traditions, to offer new insights and provide a significant push to the permaculture movement on its 30th anniversary in the country. People from other parts of the world may be facing similar issues, and could benefit directly or be inspired by these shared experiences. And thus the idea of IPC India 2017 was born. It is envisioned as an opportunity for individuals, farmers, policy makers, researchers, academics and anyone engaged in any initiatives contributing to sustainable farming practices and livelihood to come together to think, share, innovate, learn, dialogue, and strategize about the future.
About the host: Aranya Agricultural Alternatives is a NGO focused on achieving ecological and sustainable agricultural livelihoods through permaculture farming practices. They have been working with local farmers and tribes on participatory irrigation management, diversified cropping systems and companion planting, and watershed management, amongst other things. They have positively impacted more than 250,000 lives since its inception in 1999. They organized the National Permaculture Convergence in February 2016, for the very first time in India. 1200 people hailing from sustainable living schools of thought (organic farming, zero budget farming, permaculture, natural farming and so on) took part in the event. They aspire to make the IPC India 2017 an equally joyful and fruitful event for both international and Indian delegates.