LUWAYO BISWICK

PERMACULTURE PARADISE INSTITUTE, MALAWI

“You don’t need money to grow food.”

Luwayo and Grace will turn your view of

  • food
  • Africa
  • feeding the world
  • of family farm life

downside up, and in the best possible form : fun, vivid, memorable, enabling instant experimentation and enabling everyone to follow their unfolding success story online, and to connect with local practitioners to learn permaculture basics that green your group’s thumbs and minds with strong knowhow to create a good future of healthy food abundance for all, healthy soils, landscapes teeming with friendly bugs and wildlife. 

Best is, this worldview changing lesson comes not from a lab with poisons and patents, but from hands-on folks in Malawi, called 5th poorest country in the world, where poisons or machines are not even affordable. If it works there, it works everywhere in Africa and also for the Ingalls Family on their Little Farm In The Prairie, as we already see from beautiful permaculture farms in the Americas and Europe – but one thing is clear : the most mind solid, convincing and unforgettable model of proof comes from where we have seen hunger and poverty unsolved for 100 years : Africa!

This man not only has a green thumb, he has ten green fingers and ten green toes, plus he is fun, casual, straightforward, the best guy for kids and teens to listen to. He’ll have straight answers for all their how-to questions. How much land do I need to feed myself? One meter around the house is enough, what people usually use for flowers. Ouf. How about permaculture at school? Perfect! with that many hands, it takes one hour to plant a large piece of land. That’s the kind of sentences one never forgets. And such knowledge wants to get applied!

That’s many GOOD REASONS to meet this magic man for an enlightening conversation that is so memorable that you will integrate this life-shaping knowledge, apply it in your life and pass it on.

TOPICS

reasons for African farmer poverty and how to end it

permaculture

agroforestry (food forests)

living in abundance during Malawi’s 3 “hunger months” 

context of Malawi, Africa

training PDC certified farmers

getting started, fast

The story in pictures

From bottom left to top right.

We could create another 2 posters with the countless examples of crops and activities that he posts daily.

PREPARATION

Luwayo's story

Luwayo likes to point out

Two years ago, this land was sold to me as a “piece of land good for nothing.”

Now, only two years later, it is a splendid food forest paradise with ponds, animals, record yields, abundance also during three months that most farmers in Malawi experience as “hunger season”, employees, training and seed bag gifts for hundreds of poor farmers, with model farm projects in the greater region … and a young family of three with big smiles on their faces. 

It’s worth adding that they have created all this without motorized farming vehicles. Luwayo even picks up street kids asking if they want to get a year of free training.

Permaculture Paradise Institute gives you solid proof

  • of the way to solve the hunger and poverty issues in Africa 
  • that the poison and engine powered industrial development model has failed and is questionable in all parts of the world
  • that “family farm” doesn’t equal dull days, hard work and poverty but Paradise when you have wits and spirit

which is big news not only for Africa, but also

  • for life in your region wherever you live
  • on issues like health, water, healthy food abundance, affordable non-poisoned food, food deserts, food sovereignity, exciting gardening, edible landscapes for your city’s poor, beautiful cityscapes, learnscapes for schools, community gardens, lives in dignity for senior citizens, climate change, climate crisis resilience, biodiversity and more
  • all of which are vital to shape a good future for your next decades on Earth and the timely transformation to the next level good society, powered by ordinary people 

Familiarize yourself well with rich impressions of what’s going on at PPI and regional initiatives that Luwayo guides, such as model village, traditional housing, micro plots that house and feed people in need, trainings, seed gifts, progress by trained farmers, youth … 

Plus, check out what’s current on his fb page.

We highly encourage you to put up the Posters so that the story sticks, your minds tick and doesn’t vanish. Out of sight out of mind, you know.

ACTIONS

Have a conversation on the image of farm life

Our friends in South Africa affirm that young people view a farmer’s life as hard, poor and boring.

From where you live … can you relate to the idea of hard work, poverty, isolated, far from town, lonely, not funky, not sexy, kids ridiculed? Do examples in your region fit this image or the opposite?

If you view photos of life at PPI – does it seem dull, poor and boring? Or the opposite?

Together, we seek to show rural youth in South Africa and beyond what’s possible, since, frankly, they have no chance to go live in New York City or make their region New York City. But they can turn their region into a paradise with happy, abundance, well off farm families, vibrant community interaction, constant innovation, farm party visits, sharing knowhow … that’s many people’s eco village community dream. 

How can city youth help

… rural youth? We consider this a case similar to student club Namaste Nepal who fund and help develop mountain valley villages in Nepal.

Luwayo does not NEED help. But funds can help spread the servcies to poor people in need to gain access to his trainings. He appreciates this offer.

Further, we team up with South Africans Luwayo and Lwazi to spark and evolve YOUTH LEADERSHIP in their region, with a centre, LearnSpace, permaculture and more. They love and use Luwayo’s story, too. You can pay visits to both places and in South Africa, you can visit plenty of allies places and develop international youth cooperation projects. 

Follow your inspiration!  

 

Do some online research

… on what big media say on Africa, poverty, hunger and conventional solutions. What do you find? Expensive machine and poison powered foreign investor mega monoculture farming? How has that worked for the past 50 years (check UNCTAD Report “Before It’s Too Late”)? How much to you find on people-powered high diversity permaculture agroforestry family farms and regional markets … for abundance, peace and climate security?

Are you on fire to have an edible landscape at school or in town? Develop ideas, do some research, make a sketch. 

Do you have questions on Malawi, PPI and more? Gather them.

It will make a great eclectic encounter!

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FOLLOW-UP

The Action topics above offer plenty of practical follow-up, boosted by the energy of your meeting. 

Use occasions where such surprising, eye-opening, motivational and participative FOOD solution stories and projects fit in as highlight, such as : UN Day of Food, of Rural Women, Peace, Habitat, Youth Skills, Families …

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