Archive for Agriculture

The Principles of Agroecology: Towards Just, Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

Agroecology is an encompassing concept related to the environmental, socio-cultural, economic and political spheres of our society. It involves a way of producing, distributing and consuming food as well as developing food policies that is mindful of concepts like equality, solidarity, democracy, empowerment and ecology.

Social Justice Implications of Land Use Change in the Philippine Uplands

Despite reported economic growth for the Philippines in the last decades, increasing poverty has become a major concern with a high relative proportion of the poor belonging to the agriculture sector. Corn is the second major agricultural crop in the Philippines, which has posted increasing production trends in the last 12 years.

Building and sustaining an eco-agri farm in a forest catchment

This eco-agriculture initiative takes place in an upland area in Sitio Bendum, an upland village in northern Mindanao in the Philippines.  Bendum, as the area is more commonly referred to, is also the ancestral domain of the indigenous Pulangiyen community. The eco-agriculture farm is located in lower Pangamu, in a cleared land area or lubas. 

Malawian Ecology in Daily Life

Pope Francis invites us “to acknowledge our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation”. In other words, what is needed is not only the change of some countries or some people but the change of the whole of humanity. Each of us, at a personal level, is responsible for the global ecological crisis. Consequently, each person has to change his or her habits in order to preserve “our common home”.

Experimental farm professor “Andrés Vloeberg”

Our experimental farm “Andrés Vloeberg” is located in the Madre Vieja Sur sector at 3.4 kilometers, approximately 10 minutes from the physical plant of the Instituto Politécnico Loyola (IPL). The production of the same one is divided in: cunicultura, porcicultura, ovine upbringing and pecuaria; On the other hand there is the area of ​​nurseries of ornamental fruit trees and nurseries.

Turning Loss into a Gain

Katie O’Neill ’18 is already awake, getting dressed, putting on sunscreen, and heading out of her home in Santa Clara to join her workmates, five other SCU students who are part of Santa Clara University’s Food and Agribusiness Institute. The six-student research team is spending the entire summer out in the fields of some of California’s biggest farms, measuring the amount of food left behind, not headed to market. They’re researching the extent of food losses and waste in northern California. Their goal is to identify the potential of salvaging wasted fresh vegetable and fruit produce and diverting it to local food banks that need it.