Archive for Agriculture

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.

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Colombian Amazon Program: Building an open university in constant dialogue with national reality

The following video address of Fr Jorge Humberto Peláez SJ, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia on the University’s Colombia Amazon Program was shared during the Ecojesuit meeting on 1 August with the University’s key officials and faculty and with the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL) led by Fr Roberto Jaramillo SJ.  This is an important and strategic development in the University’s integral response to the call for action on the Amazonia, a region of global significance as a “lung of the planet” and whose resources and indigenous communities face massive threats of loss and displacement from agri-business pressures.

Helping ex-prisoners in Thailand reintegrate into society

The Emmaus Center is situated on a two-acre lot in Mae Tang District, Chiang Mai, and is focussed on organic farming.  The main office building, Emmaus House, was completed two months ago, on May 29, and by next month, Kep hopes to have the house fully furnished and operational.  There are plans to engage in handicraft and carpentry work, especially making small furniture and utensils that can be used in the house and farm.  The team hopes to include carpentry in its skills training programme in the future.

‘Holy Cross Summer Course Explores Realities of Food Production’

“Meal time will never be the same again!” That’s how Christopher Staysniak, visiting lecturer of history at the College of the Holy Cross, started the six-week summer course titled “Food and Power” back in June. According to Staysniak, a key goal of the course is to get students to think about where their food comes from, and who is providing it. Through readings, guest speakers, and field trips, the history class analyzed American food from different cultural, economic, environmental, and sociological angles.

VIII TRUEQUE POR LA VIDA Y LA SOSTENIBILIDAD

Este año, el octavo trueque reunio a más de 300 personas, diferentes actores Sociales (indigenas, afrodescendientes y ampesinos). Asimismo a instituciones entidades privadas Públicas y que con trabajan procesos de agroecología en la region. Mientras se llevaba a cabo el Proceso del trueque en las diferentes mesas, de Manera simultánea se hizo un compartir que aportaron las Veredas de los diferentes municipios que hicieron presencia, permitiendo Así Degustar a los asistentes variedad de recetas producidas por los Mismos campesinos con productos agroecológicos.