Curacao, Aruba, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia – Syntropic and Permaculture Solutions

Roland van Reenen

Organization Name

Syntropic and Permaculture Solutions

Website


Country

Curacao, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia

Region or area served

East Africa, Dutch Caribbean

Individual Name

Roland van Reenen

Date Founded

May 2020


Trainers trained in 2021

700

Trainers trained in 2022

219

Trainers trained to date

919

Formal Training

I took my PDC from Geoff Lawton, Regenerative Organic Agriculture from the Maharishi University in Iowa and Syntropoc Farming from Thiago Gimenez and Murilo de Lima (3 courses) Hydroponics from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.


Specializations

Agroforestry, Organic Farming, Permaculture, Syntropic Farming, Regenerative Agriculture


Workshops conducted in 2021

26

Workshops conducted in 2022

11


Workshop attendees in 2021

420

Workshop attendees in 2022

219

% of men vs. women participate in project 2021

60/40

% of men vs. women participate in project 2022

50/50


Farms that implemented Agroforestry in 2021

65

Farms that implemented Agroforestry in 2022

10


Farms that implemented Agroforestry to date

95


Trees planted in 2021

4,730

Trees planted in 2022

1,529

Number of trees planted to date:

7,099

Hectares planted in 2021:

.65

Hectares planted in 2022:

.35


Percentage of nitrogen fixing trees vs. percentage of edibles:

40% biomass trees versus 60% fruit trees

Location of demonstration site OR CENTRE 2021

About 20 in Curacao, Kenya, Miyani, Siaya, Rusinga Island, Rongo, Kendu Bay, Narok, Kisumu, Nairobi, Navaisha, Uganda: Kitgum, Lira, Nakivale Refugee Settlement

Location of demonstration site OR CENTRE 2022

2 in Aruba, 3 in Curacao, 1 in Sori, 1 in Kendubay, 1 in Awendo, 1 in Nairobi

About organization

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In 2016 I started in the drought stricken island of Curacao to create food forest. Because of the success of the first food forest I was offered a job by the minister of agriculture (GMN) Suzy Carmelia Romer to create educational demonstration food forests. In 2019 I organized for the ministry a 5 days intensive course syntropic agroforestry, to be followed a year later by another beginners and an advanced course. As a way of thanking me for my contribution in the syntropic food forest revolution I was sent to Kenya where Willis Orum organized the first course in Kenya to be followed by many more courses.

Impacts

Syntropic Agroforestry bridges the gap between ecology and economy. It makes reforestation very attractive for farmers and thus increases the survival rate for planted trees drastically. As we say the vegetables finance the forest of the future.

Summary

Syntropic and Permaculture Solutions is dedicated to regenerate our beautiful earth and make it bountiful again as how it used to be. We are guided by our syntropic understanding that nature always moves forward in successive stages from entropy to syntropy, from simple to complex. It is our duty as mankind to accelerate those processes to restore what has been damaged while bridging the gap between ecology and economy. I provide trainings and consultancy to align people with natural regenerative knowledge that once was ours already.











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