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Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre FPC

Type of Organization: Non-governmental organization
Areas of work: Agroecology
Region: Africa
Country: Zimbabwe
Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre (FPC) is registered under the Zimbabwe Institute of Permaculture (ZIP) as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO number 12/92), and is governed by a Board of trustees. Fambidzanai has been at the forefront of development organizations promoting food security through sustainable land use management (Permaculture) in Zimbabwe. It is the pioneer of this noble cause in Zimbabwe and is one of the oldest Permaculture training institutions in Africa, hence it has rightfully earned the acronym ‘centre’. The centre has given birth to the creation of four other development institutions that foster the Permaculture gospel namely, the Natural Farming Network (NFN), the Schools and Colleges Permaculture (SCOPE) Programme, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM), African Farmer Organic Research and Training (AFOREST) and a number of community based organizations. Since its inception, the centre has paved the path for food and income security through sustainable land use management. Its development intervention is characterized by skills training in sustainable agricultural methodologies, demonstrating the ecological and economical viability of Permaculture and organic farming as well as the creation, enhancement and facilitation of market opportunities for farmers’ organic produce. The organization’s activities are the following: training of smallholder farmers, women and youth groups, government extension workers, and development workers; demonstrating sustainable methods of farming for the resource-poor farmers as well as organic enthusiasts; improving the livelihoods of vulnerable communities through market access for organically produced products to enhance economic viability; creating ties with communities, sister organizations, as well as other NGOs that work in the same communities as ours, so as to provide better methods of development in a complementary manner; HIV/AIDS and Gender mainstreaming; and establishing a health community through WASH interventions.