The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach Through Permaculture Support Program in Pirak Timu Community, Aceh, Indonesia: A Case Study of Aceh Permaculture Foundation

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Larissa Snorek-Yates


This qualitative research case study aims to explore to what extent the sustainable recovery through permaculture project, either promotes or hinders sustainable development. The project was implemented in the Pirak Timu sub district, Aceh, Indonesia, and targeted 150 households in 19 villages. The methodology of research included an interview of the beneficiaries, YPA staff, focus group discussion, observation and a review of relevant documents.

The sustainable livelihood approach has been used to implement sustainable recovery through permaculture project. This project was implemented by Aceh Permaculture Foundation. It enhanced the capacity of the Pirak Timu community to sustainably and independently manage local resources for enhanced welfare, food security, environmental preservation and livelihood development. The permaculture method and sustainable livelihood principles are combined to ensure that the community used existing resources that they were able to adopt, to cope and to recover from stress, trends, shocks and thus form community resilience which in turn improved community livelihood. This paper also examines the development approach that has been used, i.e participation and empowerment. The research question is to what extent does the permaculture support project of the YPA to promote or hinder sustainable development in the communities it serves? The findings of this paper should be of use for those practitioners who are concerned with community development issues.


Natural Resource Economics | Sustainability

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