4+ years in the making.  1,100+ pages.  2000+ detailed illustrations.  Over 30,000 chapters downloaded to date, across 170+ countries.

The complete Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – International English edition and new website is now here!

This ‘gift of permaculture knowledge’ from Timor-Leste is a comprehensive resource of permaculture design, food sovereignty and environmental regeneration strategies for all tropical countries. It’s designed for anyone, regardless of experience, to access practical information about permaculture – a sustainable philosophy that enables people to abundantly provide for food, energy and shelter in a way that works with and preserves water supply, agricultural land and the greater environment.

This edition has been updated and expanded from The Permaculture Guidebook from Timor-Leste produced in 2008. But the core ethos and original vision of the authors remains: to provide hands-on knowledge for anyone, especially people in poor, low-literacy and disadvantaged communities.

The online English version is available for download on a ‘pay what you can basis’, ensuring everyone can access the guidebook regardless of their circumstances. This model will underpin our ongoing plans for the project, with the ‘Pay what you can, fund the future’ campaign helping fund the production of other language editions and enabling people across the globe to access the resource in a language they understand. Printed guidebooks can also be pre-ordered through the website and will be sold ‘at cost’, helping support the development of strong, resilient and sustainable communities.

We’re delighted to have been part of the team that has seen this project come to fruition. In collaboration with key partners Permatil (a Timor-Leste NGO) and xpand Foundation (Australian social enterprise), our contribution has included design and layout of the book, design and development of the website, and co-project management of the guidebook’s production.

Our work in Timor-Leste began in 2009 through the xpand Foundation’s initiative WithOneSeed, where we helped to visually document the community forestry program as it developed. Through this work we experienced first-hand the links between environment, food security, education and health in subsistence communities. It highlighted for us the value that a resource like The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook holds in communities dependent on their own skills for living in Timor-Leste and beyond.

And now, with the guidebook already downloaded in over 170 countries (and counting!), the project is helping bring the world to the table. To find out how you can join the feast and get involved, visit permacultureguidebook.org