narsannaNarsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. His environmental-humanitarian work has been empowering rural communities for the past two and a half decades. Narsanna is a Permaculture Consultant, Designer & Teacher and a campaigner of permaculture practices all over the world. He is a post graduate from Osmania University and received his Permaculture Certificate from Permaculture International Institute, Australia  He is a student of Dr.Venkat who invited Bill Mollison and Robyn Francis to India to further permaculture.

Narsanna was on the Board of the Permaculture Association of India and served for 12 years (1986 to 1998) as Director and General Secretary of Deccan Development Society, a premier NGO working on sustainable agriculture. He is a designer and professional guide in ‘efficient water use techniques in command irrigation’. He is actively engaged in implementing Tree Based Farming Systems (TBFS) and planting 100,000 fruit plants and 3 lakh mixed forest species on 1000 tribal families’ lands under Tribal Development Program. He is a project evaluator for various natural resource management projects and networks with several national and international organizations.

Narsanna is committed to ecological and sustainable agricultural livelihoods through permaculture farming practices to create a greener planet. He believes the forest is the future and he spreads his message through his non-profit organization “Aranya Agricultural Alternatives” presently operating in the rural and tribal areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India. Narsanna also leads a three month internship through the Permaculture Patashala where students implement projects in rural areas for poor farmers.

padmaPadma Koppula (CEO) is a committed social worker  since nearly 20 years of work with rural farmers , Institutional development expert, irrigation expert & Gender specialist ,Her past services include advisory member for Andhra Pradesh Farmers Water Management Committees Association (FWMCA) ,Secretary for the Bodhi Education Society, Deccan Development Society coordinator , consultant to the Govt of AP –Irrigation projects;Promoter of   sustainable agriculture practices & Permaculture.


1.Permaculture Practices for Farmers and NGOs (Dhaka – 1995)

Event : Three day workshop in Dhaka-Bangladesh  on Permacultural Practices.

Description : Narsanna (founder of Aranya) along with late, Dr.Venkat (Permaculture Pioneer Resource Person of India) conducted a three day interactive and participative workshop on Permacultural practices With support and hostage by Hubnic a Bangladesh based NGO, which also had active participants  from Chittagong, Nepal in special and Farmers of UBNIG NGO.

Objective : To spread the Permaculture concept in South East Asian Countries by developing PC farms.

Role Played : Training and capacity building for the respective organisations and participants on Permacultural practices.

Output : Within a span of three years several NGOs along with farmers participation and community involvement were able to develop number of PC activities such as nutrition gardens and introduced many green manure species  to increase soil fertility and bund plantations to arrest the soil erosion in several regions of their operation.

2.IPC6 / International Permaculture Conference ( Perth – 1996 )

Event : The Sixth International Permaculture Conference, Perth, Australia  or “the Perth permaculture conference” or IPC6.

Description : The 6th Permacultural conference theme was ‘ designing for a sustainable future ‘felt like a village, and indeed the team from the Global Ecovillage Network were present in full force; illustrated the important part Permaculture could play in so many of the planning disciplines established a growing demand for Permaculture to become more scientific, produce the facts, the proof.


Objective :To Expand The Impact Of Permaculture globally realistically to reach all levels whether working in the permaculture movement as individuals, local groups, communities, or official organizations.

Role Played : A paper presentation was done by Narsanna Koppula on Permacultural practices in India ,Also had sharing of experiences through post conference  knowledge visits to number of PC farms in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Nimbin and Brisbane the same year.

Output : A number of foreign visitors, PC practioners and academic people visited our work in India and picked up some concepts like polycultural plantations, diversified cropping systems and integrated approaches. Particularly the seed exchange groups have been strengthened.

3.ICRISAT-ADB Travelling Workshop (Thailand,Vietnam,China – 2004)

Event : Participatory Watershed Management for Reducing Poverty and Land Degradation in SAT Asia.

Description : The government of Andhra Pradesh -rural development, ICRISAT and Asian Development Bank-ADB collectively  organized this travelling workshop in Asia involving the participation of several stakeholders,NGOs and academicians.

Objective : To study the water, soil conservation and cropping patterns in the arid and semi arid areas of Asia.

Role Played : Aranya has shared experiences in watershed implementation over years and had parallel learning to replicate the concepts learnt abroad for implementation back home.

Output : These learnings helped in watershed areas of 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh. The adoption  strategies were developed for rain-fed farmers and implemented through several projects. Also, the soil reclamation methodswere adopted, which impacted the yields enhancement for small and marginal farm lands.

4.IPC8 / International Permacultural Conference (Brazil – 2007)

Event : The Eighth International Permaculture Conference, Saopaulo, Brazil or “the Brazil permaculture conference” or IPC8.

Description : The theme of IPC8 is “Greening Our Economy with the Principles of Permaculture,”symbolically held in the economic hub Saopaulo of Latin America.It brought together bankers, financiers and grassroots economists with the permaculture movement. Permacultura America Latina – PAL sponsored this conference and Presented a paper on ‘ Globalisation Impact on Indian Agriculture ‘. Around 570 participants including several Permaculture Practitioners from 42 countries have participated in the event ,shared their experiences and discussed the challenges to the existence of life on planet earth; decided to collaborate and work together globally to combat the enviroinment threatening issues for a greener future.


Objective :.To connect the on-the-ground effectiveness of permaculture with the powerful global analysis of green economics, and provide participants/Permaculturists with literacy in both fields.

Role Played : Networking,exchange of knowledge and perma farm visits and presentation on the theme “Globalisation impact on Indian Agriculture “

Output : Could propagate and promote natural farming practices and sensitisation more efficiently ,with the experiences attained and could sensitize communities not to fall prey to the monopolised capitalistic strategies in Agriculture.

5. United Nations Climate change conference / COP 15 (Copenhagen Denmark – 7th Dec-18th Dec 2009 )

Event :  The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UNFCCC


Description : The conference included the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 5th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the Kyoto Protocol. Ministers and officials from 192 countries took part in the Copenhagen meeting and in addition there were participants from a large number of civil society organizations. As many Annex 1 industrialized countries are now reluctant to fulfill commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, a large part of the diplomatic work that lays the foundation for a post-Kyoto agreement was undertaken up to the COP15, though the conference did not achieve a binding agreement for long-term action. According to the Bali Road Map, a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 was to be agreed there.

Objective :  To establish an ambitious global climate agreement for the period from 2012 when the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol expires.

( However world leaders later decided to put off the difficult task of reaching a climate change agreement… agreeing instead to make it the mission of the Copenhagen conference to reach a less specific “politically binding” agreement that would punt the most difficult issues into the future” )

Role Played : Aranya Agricultural Alternatives of India had the privilege of being sponsored for participation(Aranya & Padma) in the climate change summit by the host country  (Danish Ministry of Environment) Aranya NGO India. Participated in Climate Change Summit.


Aranya organized a stall with exbhit of material,charts and posters demonstrating Permaculture practices for climate change mitigation implemented in India(tribal areas of Adilabad in district,AP) through Aranya and other community awreness works related information,Had very productive interaction and live sharing experiences,Presentation by Aranya on the theme “Permaculture in India –role in mitigating climate change “

Output :  The post conference proceedings helped in promoting more awareness on global warming and climate change impact in context of Indian climatic conditions  and sensitizing and promoting climate change mitigation practices in rural farming communities.Also favoured post conference internships and volunteerism by international participants.


6. IPC10 / International Permacultural Conference (Jordan – 2011)

Event : The tenth International Permaculture Conference and Convergence/ IPC10,Jordan.


Description :    The theme was “Plan Jordan ~ Water” symbolically held in Jordan one of the most water stressed nation of the planet.The 1-day IPC10 Conference (open to all) and 4-day IPC10 Convergence (open to Permaculture Design Certificate graduates only) was held in Jordan (Amman and Wadi Rum, respectively) and was coordinated by Nadia ‘Abu Yahia’ Lawton. Prior to the start of the Conference and subsequentConvergence, a two-week International Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course was  taught by a team of respected permaculture educators and pratitioners, and all three events were followed by tours and permaculture site visits.


Objective : To bring together some of the world’s most capable permaculture practitioners, teachers, visionaries and activists, enabling them to share their combined wealth of knowledge, experience and inspiration with the people of Jordan, each other, and the world at large to result in  increased efficiency at bringing permaculture’s strong tendency to get to the heart of water, soil, energy and other global problems – by dealing with their root causes in holistic ways – to the people who need it most.

Role Played : Narsanna with the experiences of practicing Permaculture with communities shared knowledge and experiences through a presentation on  ‘ women and Permaculture in India ‘,the convergence interaction with Bill Mollison and many real time practioners gave the best Aranya’s experience global synergising of permaculturists .

 Output : The networking and interaction sessions spread  Aranyas work with communities much more globally than earlier conferences given the wide spread of technology and networking.Post session resolutions and persistant interactions online and offline are laying the base and forming the preamble to take forward permaculture in AP to next level using web projects and organising Permacourses rural and urban academic and non-academic,and for the entry of third generation  permaculturists,practioneers and volunteers to be a part of execution of Aranyas vision .Also several international support projects to third world permacultural promotions are in proposal and idea stages.