Why Resilience?

Resilience is our capacity to recover from difficulties. 
Resilient people
 are typically able to frame problems as solutions and find agency through connecting to a purpose or mission.
Resilience design can be applied at households, neighbourhood and city level and enables us to face future shocks and stresses as the impacts of climate change land. 
Permaculture provides a set of Ethics and an optimistic, solution-orientated design methodology through which to tackle the challenges we now face.


Because climate change will affect everybody.

Covid-19 has bought what is important into focus by shining a light on the vulnerability of our people, their homes and communities as well as the atrocious wealth disparity and how the poor bear the brunt of any crises.

It has also highlighted how precarious and inefficient our food system is spending 10 units of fossil fuels for each unit of food, contributing 30% of our greenhouse gases while it destroys our water and soil systems.
Acknowledging that 90% of our staple crops are genetically modified and that the market dominance of the large players excludes small food producers and undermines healthier more diverse local food networks – enforcing historic patterns of racial and gender oppression, land dispossession and economic exclusion.

Showing us that much of our economic activity results in unnecessary goods and services; pandering to international spend while 52% of our people fall into food poverty and our national unemployment tips over 50%.

We now have the unique opportunity to #buildbackbeter and grow real resilience in our people, their homes and citied and indeed the food and economic system.

SEED believes that change happens through people – it is capacitated and committed individuals that make change in the world. South African are the most incredible, resilient people and it is within our means to grow resilient socially cohesive communities - localizing food systems, growing circular economy enterprises and giving our incredible youth the chance to thrive.

Building Resilience in our Cities .



324 graduates
89% long term resilience practice
58% employment
16 enterprises incubated
42 535 hrs into local enterprises
69970 people impacted 


10 jobs created
4546 seedling trays sold 
10 neighborhood nodes grown
1 seed bank established
Localising our food systems


1343 teachers graduated 
72 outdoor classrooms nationally
56748 learners impacted
5 text books written with teachers
5467 text books to teachers

Due diligence