Who are these dudes?

Steve Cran

The dude who started this is Steve Cran

Steve Cran is a sustainable community development specialist or “Permaculture Aid Worker” with 20 years of field project experience Steve enjoys the challenge of assisting people living on the edge of survival to rebuild their communities. Steve has set up projects in war zones, post disaster zones, poverty zones and in many difficult areas on this troubled planet most people would shy away from.

“There is a lot written about so called community development but in the field most of it doesn’t work or it doesn’t last” says Steve. “ Permaculture Aid gets real results by helping the people restore their community using local resources. They grow their way out of poverty”. Steve focuses on training the trainer from whatever community he’s working with. Local people training local people by building working models to inspire the rest of the community bring solid results. “The worlds problems grow at an exponential rate so I design projects that solve problems at an exponential rate”.

Steve initially developed permaculture aid working for 5 years with rural Aboriginal communities in outback Australia. In 1999 Steve went to East Timor and formed a Permaculture Aid training network which he developed over 5 years. This network continues to grow.

Steve returned home to Maleny, Queensland, Australia in November 2004 for a well earned rest. A month later the Asian tsunami wiped out over 200,000 people in several countries.

Steve’s field experience was called upon to set up a Permaculture Aid project in Aceh, Indonesia. “This is a tricky project as we have several earthquakes every week, possible further tsunamis as well as a protracted guerilla war in our area, not to mention the poverty that was here before the tsunami. The deck is really stacked against these poor people here”, said Steve from Lamsujen, 45 kms Southwest of Banda Achein an interview in early 2005.

Steve joined IDEP to build the  “Greenhand Permaculture Field School” in Ache, one of the worst affected areas hit by the tsunami. The Greenhand Field School was a project training centre to train trainers in sustainable community development best-practice. The Greenhand Field School focused on food security, organic farming, community agro-forestry, appropriate technology, and local solutions for the tsunami survivors. The trainers being trained were mainly Achenese. The Greenhand Field School was designed so the best trainers will run this facility within 2 years.

In January 2010 Steve was asked to go to northern Uganda and work with the Karamajong people to restore food security and assist in ending violence and conflict in an area plagued by conflict and poverty for 40 years. Aid dependency had robbed the people of the ability to grow their own food and the youth were sucked into a cycle of violence in cattle raiding with the abundant supply of automatic weapons available in East Africa. These youth were known as “the Warriors”. Working with an international organization, Steve trained many of the Warriors to become “Green Warriors” and return to their communities and introduce self-sufficiency through permaculture. Steve was able to prove that the Karamajong people were more than capable of growing their own food and the “food-aid” was having a negative impact on their culture and health. Many communities that were written off by the government and the UN produced crops and converted barren land into farmland using basic hand tools and non-hybrid seed. The “Green Warriors” of Karamoja provided previously unheard of new role models for the people of Karamoja. The project continues today.

Steve Cran is now conducting training throughout Southeast Asia and East Africa on Permaculture Aid Field Skills. Transferring his hard won skills to young people wanting to make a difference in this world, Steve’s courses are challenging and instructive. “These are the skills in the field you can’t learn from books”, says Steve. “Getting your hands in the soil and working in real live situations drives home the training to create the kind of people that can make a real impact in the field of aid”. He adds, “The aid industry is starving for good field technicians and we aim to fill that void”. From building a base camp to planting a community food security garden this training will give anybody entering the aid industry a head start.

“The only future for humanity is a sustainable one, so let’s get to it!” – Steve Cran



Steve’s Blog, Permaculture aid in Uganda:

News article:

Preparing to do aid work, Youtube:

Green Warrior challenge, Youtube:


Steve Cran has a team of specialist field trainers and consultants than can do the following:

• Consultancy
• Permaculture Aid Work
• Projects
• LEISA ( Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture)

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