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PC.02 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

The urgency to re-establish sustainable agriculture

44% of the total Indonesian workforce, about 46.7 million people, are farmers, 38 million of which are poor laborers with land holdings below 0.5 ha (BPS 2008). Traditionally in Indonesia indigenous knowledge was used for agriculture, planting was done based on natural cycles, using local species. But today farmers are dependent on industrialized agricultural industries and their unchecked price fluctuations. Most seeds are hybrid or genetically modified, and as chemicals pesticides destroy beneficial soil microorganisms, their use increases dependency on chemical fertilizers. All of this is dramatically increasing the cost of food production. While farmer dependency increases, pest resistance and soil quality are increasingly undermined.

Permaculture provides concrete and applicable solutions that build on local communities’ capacities and resources to provide long term solutions to sustainability

The risks to health and well being

Pesticides’ chlorinated hydrocarbons can damage the reproductive systems of animals and humans (Wilson & Leigh, 1992). Lilis Irianingsih’s research at Laboratory Agro Chemicals in Lembang shows that pesticide residue has adverse effects on human health; can cause cancer, defects and damage to the nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems.

How sustainable agriculture can help

Use of more sustainable and beneficial organic farming will not only reduce dependency of synthetic chemicals, but increase the use of natural resources in a sustainable way, increase the quality of foods produced, reduce pollution and save energy.

About this training

This 7-day workshop covers the principles and basic practices of sustainable agriculture and organic farming. The training includes a field study trip to an established farm on Bali that practice sustainable agriculture.

This training’s modules include:

  • Principles and practices of sustainable farming
  • Designing sustainable farm systems
  • Sustainable methods for weed control
  • Sustainable methods for pest control
  • Inter-cropping for maximum yields
  • Integrated farming systems
  • System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

At the completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • The basic principles of sustainable farming
  • How to use local resources to increase local farming production
  • Able to facilitate effective farming projects in communities
  • Motivated to conduct community facilitation for sustainable farming
  • Sustainable farming systems design and planning
  • Natural weed and pest control, inter-cropping and rice production intensification

IDEP trainings provide you with

Expert trainers:  IDEP’s Permaculture program team works directly in communities and with a network of partners throughout the country. The team has assisted in capacity building Permaculture related programs in Bali, Java, Aceh, Sumbawa and East Timor. Our clients and training participants include GTZ, OXFAM GB, Trocaire, YPMSB, Yayasan MUM, and the Alila and Waka Diuma Resorts among others.

Effective training methodology:  IDEP trainers use a range of tried and tested techniques, discussion groups, practice sessions, hands-on field practice and teamwork activities. Participants should prepare a description of their working area’s altitude, soil and climate conditions, a local plants and pests list and maps of their working area prior to joining the workshop. This will help to ensure that the training focuses on contexts that are relevant to their working areas.

Comprehensive reference materials:  IDEP publishes the nationally acclaimed Permaculture educational toolkit. This kit includes: 3 Permaculture resource manuals, related community education films and a series of public awareness campaign materials.

As part of this training each participant will receive Indonesian versions of the following materials for use in their areas.
  • Resource Book for Permaculture
  • Permaculture Facilitator Resources DVD Rom
Materials received at time of registering at the training location

Click here to go to a page with a slide show of excerpts of these materials.Permaculture Related Resources


At the completion of the training, participants that have successfully completed 90% or more of the entire course will receive a certificate of participation for the training.

Training costs

For trainings held at the IDEP Training Center the training costs per participant includes:
  • The workshop training fees
  • Resources and training materials provided
  • Accommodation cost in shared room facilities
  • Snacks, tea and coffee during break times
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

For training costs details for all IDEP training please see the IDEP training costs page. Please note: IDEP sponsors three subsidized positions for community participants at each workshop conducted. Where an organization wishes to book out an entire training (minimum 15 places), discounts may apply. Contact us for more details.

For training held on-location at your site, you cover costs for

  • The workshop training fees
  • Costs for IDEP's trainers to travel to and from your location
  • Accommodation and food costs for IDEP trainer's while on site
  • Resources and training materials provided
  • All local costs for training location, participants' food, travel and accommodation as needed
Click here to download a complete flyer with the training application form and more detailed information about this training.

Place and time of the training

For scheduled events of this workshop at the IDEP Training Center in Ubud Bali please go to the schedule of trainings page. For all trainings held at the IDEP Training Center participants will be provided accommodation in simple shared room facilities.

To make an inquiry about hosting this training in your area, contact us to discuss options.

Who this training is for

NGOs, professionals, community leaders, farmers groups and individuals. By participating in this training you will build skills to assist communities in your working area to implement effective community development projects, increase resilience and be able to manage local resources in a sustainable way.

Contact Us to apply for this training

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