Archive for 3. Organic Farming and Land Use Change

Teaching rural communities to understand and fight climate change

Rural communities in and around Dili are showing a positive change in their perception of the value of trees since Jesuit Social Service Timor-Leste began its reforestation programme.  Through its clean water project, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) is making the communities see the intricate connection between forest and water resources, motivating them to cut fewer trees and plant more seedlings.  For every tree that is cut down, the community must plant 10 seedlings or more to help with forest regeneration.

XII Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Network

Between August 9th and 12th, the XII Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Network (RSI) of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America was held in Charagua, in the Bolivian Chaco.

In this meeting –that takes place every two years–, about 80 people participated, and a good number of them (20 jesuits and at least 40 indigenous people) arrived from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil, and Guyana. For the most part the attendees were young people; there were Rarámuris, Tzeltales, Quechuas, Aymaras, Mayas, Wapixana, Mapuches, and Miskitos representatives from all over the continent, learning about the processes of Indigenous Territorial Autonomy advanced by the Guaranies in the territory of Charagua, and reflecting on issues such as Migration, Identity, and Leadership of young people in their communities of origin.

Why the Amazon is so important: Joining its Indigenous Peoples in re-thinking our relationship with Earth (video)

Why the Amazon is so important is a nine-minute video that Gaia Amazonas shared during the dialogue with the Ecojesuit team at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana on 1 August 2018. The dialogue involved key faculty and officials of the university, members of the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y el Caribe (CPAL), and other organizations working on the Amazon’s environmental and social concerns.  Ecojesuit shares the text that accompanies this video. This is the Earth, and this portion here is the Amazon. As small as it may look when compared to the rest of the planet, it actually has a huge importance for life due to the part it plays in the water cycle and temperature regulation. We’ll talk about this and also about the role of animal life to illustrate how important it is to safeguard the connections between the Andes, the Amazon rainforest, and the Atlantic Ocean.

My visit to Villa Loyola, a coffee finca in Colombia

Consumers are gaining concern over the sources of our food.  Is it farmed sustainably?  Are dangerous chemicals used, or is it produced organically?  How are the producers (farmers) compensated for their labors? With these questions in mind, I was happy to discover a Jesuit-owned coffee farm called Villa Loyola or Finca Loyola that advocates sustainable agriculture in Chachagüí, in the the Nariño region of Colombia.  It is completely organic.  Villa Loyola is a large operation with all its staff and laborers, not to mention their specialization on bamboo-based carpentry.

Villa Loyola: technology at the service of agro-industry and rural development

Villa Loyola is an agricultural enterprise of the Society of Jesus in Southern Colombia, which in addition to growing coffee, has become a model for rural development in the region.

Hummes: “The Synod of the Amazon was not called to repeat what the Church says, but to move forward

In the process of the Synod of the Amazon it is important the presence of the different actors, also of the episcopate. From that perspective, this Monday, August 20, has begun the III Meeting of the Catholic Church in the Legal Amazon , which until the 23rd brings together in the Maromba de Manaos 55 bishops of the Brazilian Amazon region, representing the 56 dioceses and existing prelatures.