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9th Intl. Permaculture Conference & Convergence (IPC9)
by Mugove Walter Nyika, IPC9 Coordinator

IPC9 will happen at Kumbali Village near Lilongwe, Malawi during the first week of November 2009. The IPC9 Convergence will run from the 2nd to the 5th of November while the Conference will take place on the 6th of November. These two events will be preceded by an International Permaculture Design Certificate (IPDC) course to be held at Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe from the 18th to the 29th of October. The IPDC will be facilitated by Joel Glanzberg from the United States and John Nzira from South Africa. The two Permaculture practitioners have each got more than twenty years experience of teaching Permaculture on their respective continents.

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One of the key outcomes of IPC9 will be
to develop strategies for promoting local seeds
and traditional foods (click to enlarge)

The theme for IPC9 is designing solutions for a sustainable future. The primary focus of the work on this theme will be to develop a Plan Africa for the food sovereignty and empowerment of communities. Issues of food and nutrition insecurity and lack of capacity to fight poverty are at the centre of the challenges facing many African countries and over the last century inappropriate high input solutions have been pushed down on Africa from foreign capitals. Since the early 1990s some exciting work has been done with Permaculture and related approaches in various African communities but the stories from these projects have largely remained untold and the projects have remained isolated with little wider impact.

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Some of the chalets at Kumbali Lodge
just outside Lilongwe

The venue for IPC9 is a large farm on the edge of the town with an African village and a lodge among other facilities. The IPC9 events will be centred on the village and more information about Kumbali is available on the web site www.kumbali.com. IPC9 takes place during the hot season just before the rainy season and so temperatures during the day in Lilongwe will range from 26 to 33 degrees centigrade with the nights being warm and temperatures falling to the lower twenties.



Soon after the Convergence and Conference end a site tour of Permaculture projects will begin in Malawi on the 7th of November and will take the participants through Zimbabwe and finally end in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 30th of November. The trip will take the participants to at least ten Permaculture sites in Malawi and at least five each in Zimbabwe and South Africa. IPC9
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Some of the Permaculture projects to be visited will be schools
producing their own food using low input approaches.

Lilongwe can be reached by air through Johannesburg, South Africa or through Nairobi, Kenya. The main airlines that service Lilongwe’s Kamuzu International Airport are South African Airways(SAA), Kenya Airways and Air Malawi. SAA is a member of the STAR Alliance while Kenya Airways is a member of Flying Blue with KLM and Air France. From Johannesburg one can complete the journey by bus and this will have the added advantages of reducing the carbon miles and an opportunity to see the country side across 4 countries. Travel arrangements can be made through Ulendo travel agents and there you can contact Effie at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Lake Malawi – the lake of stars will be on the itinerary of
the four-nation post conference tour (click to enlarge)

Pre-registration for the IPC9 events is now open online at the conference website www.ipc9.org and the forms and further information are also available from the conference secretariat at the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
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