For 40 years Br. Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) in Zambia. But over the last 20 years Br. Desmarais has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it’s applied in Africa.
Plows, tractors, chemical fertilizers and commercial herbicides were once all part of Br. Desmarais’ gospel of modern agriculture. But no more. The Canadian Jesuit now promotes organic, ecologically sustainable, no-till farming for small-scale farmers.
Xavier Science Foundation (XSF) has a project supported by the US Embassy in Manila called Women Education for Cooperative Advancement and Rural Enterprise (WE CARE). The project has just graduated close to a hundred women from different cooperatives in the areas of Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon. In its second phase, it continues to help women start up their own businesses by utilizing local resources and engaging the greater community. XSF brought the awareness of WE CARE to the community in Miarayon during a K-12 senior high school orientation for the parents. Among the key features of the K-12 Senior High School Program are its Technology Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational Livelihood, which includes agriculture.
In light of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s pledge that Ireland will double its expenditure on nutrition by 2020, a workshop to discuss the feasibility of having a programme on sustainable agriculture was held in Baraka Agricultural College, Molo, Kenya in February 2015.
We are a school based business started in 2015, a group of creative innovators with a passion for great food and a movement of young people who want to make a difference.
This project is a community effort and wouldn’t be possible without the willingness of individuals to contribute their time and expertise.