Archive for Agriculture

Zero hunger, food security, improved nutrition, and sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)

2017_01_15_Editorial_Photo1It is disconcerting that in the 21st century, hunger remains a second priority when talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – after eradication of extreme poverty, one of the main causes of hunger.

The hunger problem, it would seem, should have been almost overcome, or is experienced only in pockets in certain areas of the world today.  According to the UN World Food Programme however, “some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.  That’s about one in nine people on earth”, even as notable advancements are achieved in food issues.

CERED: Contributing to research for sustainable development in DR Congo

2016_09_30_pp_photo1CERED is part of the Institut Supérieur Agro-Vétérinaire Saint Pierre Canisius (ISAV) and now called Faculté des sciences Agronomiques et vétérinaires (FSAV), a Jesuit institution dedicated to research in agriculture, veterinary, and sustainable development, where sustainability involves anthropological, social and economic factors.  The program is multidisciplinary and participatory, involving diverse stakeholders that include researchers, students, research technicians, as well as local communities.  Research in CERED covers both theoretical and practical aspects and topics of natural sciences and the social sciences, and puts the welfare of people at the core of the research concerns.

Botanical garden Gaspar Xuárez sj

The mission of this botanical garden is to establish itself as a national center for conservation, will research, education and sustainable use of biodiversity in the central region of Argentina. An educational program is developed with primary and secondary schools in the region through guided tours and workshops to the community. The goal is to raise awareness of the value of natural resources and public understanding of the issue of biodiversity, its importance and its loss.

Planting the Seeds of Sustainability in Brazil

APaintingTires1078a-702x336 group of Fordham’s Global Outreach (GO!) students teamed up with a local community from a rural province in Brazil to learn about deforestation and promote food sustainability.

The trip was part of GO’s program in the small Brazilian town of Colinas do Tocantins. In late May and early June, eight Fordham students and chaperone Ann Marie Boccuzzi, assistant director for alumni relations, worked with locals to start a community garden near the Sao Sebatiao Church where they stayed.

The trip gave Boccuzzi, GABELLI ’10, a former GO! executive board member, a chance to apply her Jesuit education to “help students immerse themselves in a new culture while also facing challenging social justice issues.”

Katamba farm, Vadodara

DSC_0073Children of migrant workers from Vadodara, Gujarat,India are educated in a school run by the Jesuits at Katamba Farm.
Fr jolly Nadukudiyil sj is in charge of the farm and the school. Rickshaws bring the students from the city to the school every day. It is a great service done to these children who otherwise would remain uneducated for life. The farm received water from the Narmada River project of the government and is transformed in a few years into a lovely garden with large fish ponds and green trees.