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  1. The Inga Foundation

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    The Inga Foundation has worked with farming communities in Honduras since 2012 to halt the practice of slash and burn agriculture through a sustainable, organic and low cost alternative: Inga alley-cropping. It has been extending the “Guama Model” to farmer groups and helps each family through the 2-3 year period of establishment.

    Today, IF has a demo farm and is supporting around 240 families, in various stages of adopting the Guama Model. The families’ plots and the demo farm are becoming a model of sustainable rural livelihoods and the model is being written into the Honduran Government’s strategic wet zone plan.

  2. Pennine Lancashire Community Farm

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    Pennine Lancashire Community Farm was created following the riots in Burnley, to use the medium of outdoor space to bring people together. Its central aims are to promote social cohesion, sustainability (of a community) and education.

    It works across Burnley, Pendle and Hyndburn in areas of high deprivation (the bottom 1% in the 2015 indices), across a number of community garden sites, forestry areas and farms.

    The farm has various programs working cross-culturally with members of the community, including with typically marginalised groups, to promote the use of nature, sustainability and local food production as a means for social regeneration.

  3. Cyrenians

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    Cyrenians Farm, based near Edinburgh, Scotland, uses organic and permaculture principles and was established in 1972 as a Community Care Farm working with homelessness in a different way.

    They created “residential communities” where homeless people could come and live alongside others coming from more stable backgrounds. The mixing of peer support and a stable home offered people a real chance to find their feet, feel heard and to create a safe space to build their lives.

    Today it still hosts a community of young people coming from a background of homelessness, but is also a successful income generating farm.

  4. One Planet Productions

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    One Planet Productions is a think and do tank based in rural Greece.

    We’re on a mission to transform a fertile bioregion of Evia into a leading European hub for regenerative agriculture and applied social and solidarity economics. We do this by sparking the creativity of local Greek communities with support from a global talent network. Working together, we can demonstrate that a new regenerative economy is possible.

    Active startups include a destination marketing organisation called Transform Evia and a collaborative trade network called Origin Club. We’re currently developing a distributed research farm called Elysion Fields, launching in 2018.

  5. Food Forest International Research Network

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    Forest gardens or food forests are a promising method of growing food in small spaces, and have potential to feed populations in urban and rural areas across the world.

    We are conducting the first grassroots international survey of forest gardens. During the International Permaculture Convergence 2017 in Hyderabad we want to bring together practitioners from around the world with leading forest gardeners from India, where many of the best established examples are located.

    Both before and after the event participants will travel to forest garden sites in order to study and document them for out international baseline survey.

  6. Calderdale Bootstrap

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    Calderdale Bootstrap is a group of social entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community in the upper Calder Valley to co-create our next economy.

    We aim to build on the history of mutual self-help in our valley; work with our existing social enterprise and take it up a gear. We will inspire and directly support the next generation of enterprises to help create a more vibrant and more resilient solidarity economy, with real livelihoods, community commonwealth, and the ability to thrive in the challenging times ahead as the current economic system unravels.

    Another Economy is Possible.

  7. Bioregional Learning Centre

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    The Bioregional Learning Centre sits amongst a network of local people and organisations in South Devon where community innovation, local economics, and regeneration of place is already happening.

    Our work is aimed at increasing the scale, pace and efficacy required to make this happen.

    The region has the potential to become a centre of excellence in the UK, known for examples where we have changed our relationships with food, water, energy, soil, waste, ecology and economy, seen over time as an interrelated system.

    We build partnerships and work in collaborative project teams to design and implement solutions to regional wellbeing and sustainability. Using best practice techniques for creative engagement we organise design days, get projects off the ground, hold the whole picture, connect people to each other and people to place.

  8. Remix

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    This project aims to provoke, engender and sustain exchange and collaboration among practitioners with diverse identities, to develop remixed forms of performance, activism and scholarship.

    Remixed forms build on the potentials inherent in divergences and convergences within the diasporas of the UK, to stimulate collective learning and innovation in diverse spaces: (sub)urban and rural.

    Focus will be on activities that defy recent authoritarian moves to stigmatize people and build walls on the basis of cultural differences of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and religion. Avenues of performance, activism and scholarship being considered include food journeys and regenerative practice in socio-ecological spaces.

  9. Global Ecovillage Network

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    The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.

    People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.

    Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.

  10. Sahel Eco & International Tree Foundation: Trees 4 Livelihoods

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    Trees 4 Livelihoods (T4L) supports rural communities in Mali to embed regenerative land management techniques.

    Working in a dryland environment experiencing increasing climatic shocks, T4L is successfully demonstrating a way to work with nature that is beneficial to both communities and ecosystems.

    Using low-input techniques such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, crop yields and biodiversity have improved hand-in-hand.

    T4L also supports women to improve livelihoods based around indigenous trees like Henna and Baobab. Income gained from selling soaps, syrups and jams acts as an added incentive to conserve and restore tree cover.

    T4L is run by Sahel Eco and International Tree Foundation.