Al Fayda Permaculture Cooperative
Al Fayda Permaculture Cooperative
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Commenced:
01/08/2013
Submitted:
24/06/2014
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Al Fayda, Moulay Bouzergtoun, Essaouira, MA
Website:
www.fertileroots.org
Climate zone:
Arid





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Abbes BENAISSA abdelhamid hilaly Armando Simon Myrto Castanas
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Al Fayda Permaculture Cooperative

Project Type

Rural, Commercial, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Fertile Roots Foundation introduces Permaculture to the Al Fayda Cooperative, to regenerate the lands and livelihoods of two communites in Morocco. Courses and volunteer programs available..

Project Description

The two coastal communities of Al Fayda and Azrou Issa, comprising 39 families, scratch a living from the beach, 100ha of degraded farmland and the forest behind.  The area used to be semi arid, but with diminishing rainfall it is now arid and some families have already abandonned their land and gone to live in Essaouira.

Mark Anstice, a 48 year old Scot, and Ayelen, his Argentininan wife, have been building an Eco-lodge in the area for some years and trying to establish a garden in the almost relentless wind. Only permaculture seems to offer any hope in the region and so the Eco-lodge has become the HQ of their new charity, the Fertile Roots Foundation, and the land around it the organisation's first project.

The two communities have formed the Al Fayda Permaculture Cooperative and in October 2014 we have Darren Doherty coming to teach our first bi-lingual (English- Arabic) Permaculture Design Certificate course.  Every international student attending the course will be sponsoring a scholarship place for a local farmer.

With a combination of fundraising, holistic management and education - running courses and internships - Fertile Roots will support this cooperative for as long as is necessary, and will also be looking to spread what we learn here to other projects throughout Morocco and ultimately, North Africa.

 

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