Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. His environmental-humanitarian work has been empowering rural communities in India for the past two and a half decades. Narsanna is a Permaculture Consultant, Designer & Teacher and a campaigner of permaculture practices all over the world. He is a post-graduate from Osmania University and received his Permaculture Certificate from Permaculture International Institute, Australia. Dr.Venkat has been his mentor and Bill Mollison and Robyn Francis his teachers.
Narsanna was on the Board of the Permaculture Association of India and served for 12 years (1986 to 1998) as Director and General Secretary of Deccan Development Society, a premier NGO working on sustainable agriculture. He is a designer and professional guide in watershed management and participatory irrigation, and is also actively engaged in implementing Tree Based Farming Systems. He is a project evaluator for various natural resource management projects.
In 1999, Narsanna founded the non-profit organization “Aranya Agricultural Alternatives” presently operating in rural and tribal areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India. He has developed a permaculture farm (over 5 hectares) which now serves as a learning centre called Permaculture Pathashala. Narsanna leads internship programs where students implement projects in rural areas with poor farmers. He also conducts introductory permaculture workshops and PDC courses.
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