Since March 2021, El-Too together with a Swedish partner CentralAsianGrupperna (CAG) launched a project to introduce permaculture initiatives among local women.

Permaculture (the word shortened from two words permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. Permaculture gardens are expected to produce environmentally sustainable agriculture that provides a variety of crops for the family’s needs and contributes to restore local ecosystems.

The goal of the project: Promotion of gender equality, strengthened land rights among women, sustainable livelihoods, food sovereignty and healthy/diversified diets among communities in southern Issyk-Kul region, Kyrgyzstan.

As part of the project, we provided training for 60 rural women from 5 villages on permaculture principles of gardening:

Additionally, we provided training on gender and land rights, food safety and marketing of produced products.

As a result, 90% of our participants developed self-sustainable kitchen gardens and 5 demonstration sites were developed in each village for other villagers to come and learn. In the target area, we organized free judicial consultations for women that had issues connected to land use and land rights. The second component of the project was dedicated to strengthening the capacity of duty bearers in green economy and land rights through a series of training and meeting with women.


You can read more about our project from the blogs below

Our project participants in Uchkun village (Naryn) established “Baichik” cooperative to provide fresh vegetables to Naryn region.

“We want to showcase successful examples of farming to the residents of our village, which will help us develop faster” ...
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Our harvest

One of the main goals of permaculture kitchen gardens was to introduce salad herbs that are not popular among locals ...
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Online consultations with international experts on permaculture from Italy and Sweden

How to handle running a permaculture project in a country without a single permaculture specialist? While we were planning our ...
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Online session with Swedish gender specialist Maria Petersson on gender rights

COVID-19 has opened a number of new possibilities, including the organization of online sessions with international experts. As part of ...
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Training for local authorities on land rights of women

In October 2021, we organized a two-day session for representatives of 9 municipalities from Tong district, Issyk-Kul oblast on Land ...
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Visit to permaculture farm “Ecomysl” led by Andrej Kiashko in Grigorievka

For many people familiar with the term, permaculture is associated with gardening or a type of organic agriculture. For people ...
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Judicial consultations

El-Too has organized a series of judicial consultations for women and duty bearers in the Issyk-Kul region, especially in the ...
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Women learning about their land rights

One of the main pillars of our project was teaching women about their land rights and increasing their access to ...
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Learning about food security and healthy diet, Part 2 “Preparation for winter”

One of the goals of our permaculture project was to teach women the food security, self-sustainable households and healthy diet ...
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Learning about food security and healthy diet, Part 1 “Fruits and jams”

One of the goals of our permaculture project was to teach women the food security, self-sustainable households and healthy diet ...
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