Most people think of an academic career as moving steadily up from doctoral studies to first teaching position to tenure to advancement in rank, culminating as full professor and head of a department. But Fr. Roland Lesseps is no ordinary man. The Jesuit biologist, an expert in embryology with a doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University, walked away from a comfortable position in his home town of New Orleans to spend almost 20 years pursuing science in service of the poor in Africa. After he left a full professorship at Loyola University where he chaired the biology department, he found a second home at the Jesuit agriculture research and training center at Kasisi, Zambia, not far from the capital, Lusaka.
Archive for Agroforestry
The indigenous Pulangiyen community in Bendum, Mindanao, practices agroforestry and assists in the natural regeneration of forests along the Pantadon Range. The youth in Bendum do their part by removing external pressures e.g. weeds and biotic interference, applying controlled disturbances to trigger germination of native species and preparing the germination site.
The Granja Escuela Popol Ja (or Popol Ja Farm School) is part of the Jesuit parish La Natividad de la Virgen María in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Totonicapán in Guatemala. The farm is located next to a Fe y Alegría school (Centro de Educación Integral Indigena Popol Ja) and is a place of education, training and experimentation designed to generate knowledge that can be replicated in home gardens and communities across the municipality.