Organisation: Permatil


Permaculture is 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.

In 2006, Permatil (a Timor-Leste NGO) first published The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – a practical reference for implementing permaculture techniques in tropical climates. The book has since been reprinted several times and is used by numerous international NGOs, including GTZ, World Vision and Oxfam.


In partnership with Permatil and xpand Foundation, Disruptive Media teamed up with writers Lachlan McKenzie and Ego Lemos. We worked together to scope the objectives and develop a look, feel and tone for a new edition of the guidebook that would resonate with the permaculture community and acknowledge Timor-Leste as the source-point.

Now, our design and production of the second edition of the book is nearly complete. At over 1,000 pages, the reference is available in print and digital formats and is an extensive guide designed specifically to support subsistence communities to achieve both food security and sovereignty. It’s already been downloaded more than 7,100 times in 120 countries – and that’s before its official launch!

Our contribution to the partnership also includes the development of the communications tools and the crowd-funding campaign. We’ve created a website, campaign branding and supporting social media pages to kickstart the project’s funding and establish widespread support.


Funding is continually being sought to update, extend and republish the book in both print and digital formats. The new international edition will enable more people across the developing world to build knowledge around sustainability and food security.

To contribute to this initiative visit or the GoFundMe page

To stay up to date on progress of the international edition visit the Tropical Permaculture Facebook page

Projects for Permatil