International Permaculture Convergence 2017:

Aranya Agricultural Alternatives hosted 13th International Permaculture Convergence in Telangana, India.An open to everyone two-day conference took place November 25-26, 2017, at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, in Hyderabad. This conference included workshops, presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, music and art that explored all dimensions of permaculture.

five-day residential convergence was then conducted from November 27 to December 2, 2017 at Polam farm, Sangareddy District, Telangana. This experiential learning forum where the programme emerges from the contributions of participants offered Permaculture Design Course certificate holders or people having experience in Permaculture the platform, to connect more deeply with each other and the theme and subthemes chosen for this new occasion.

During the Convergence, visits at Aranya Permaculture farm, a 20-year old Indian tropical dryland permaculture farm, was organised. The food forest and annual crop fields were established entirely rainfed. There are over 200 different species of trees. Recently solar system and pump has been established which has diversified even more some of the planting. It is a beautiful example of an established permaculture farm in India, designed by the co-founders of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, Padma & Narsanna Koppula. Click here to learn more about the event.

National Permaculture Convergence 2016:

The National Permaculture Convergence (NPC) 2016 was organised by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives on February 5th to 7th, 2016 in Hyderabad, Telangana. The event was organised at the University Auditorium of Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University.

NPC 2016 was a platform for practitioners and enthusiasts in the fields of Permaculture, ecological agricultural practices and sustainability, who came together to connect and share experiences and best practices. The Convergence included talks, presentations, discussions, small demonstrations and exhibitions that explored the theme “Towards Healthy Societies”.

The ceremony was inaugurated by Dr. Vithal Rajan and the keynote speaker was Dr. Vandana Shiva. Other resource persons included Claude Alvares of OFAI, Dr. Sultan Ismail (Soil Scientist), Permaculturists Narsanna Koppula, Clea Chandmal, Raya, Freedom Cole, Rico Zook, Ardhendu Chatterjee and many others. About 1,200 people attended this three day Convergence which welcomed rural and urban farmers and other sustainability enthusiasts from various parts of India and abroad. Click here to learn more about the event.