Archive for 3. Organic Farming and Land Use Change

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.

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.

San Roque Ecovillage residents complete organic farming and solid waste management training

Selected residents of San Roque Ecovillage, Barangay Cagaut, Salcedo, Eastern Samar completed an Organic Farming and Solid Waste Management Training on July 11-12, organized by ESSC in coordination with the local government of Salcedo. The general objective of the training was to equip community members with knowledge and skills they could use to develop an action plan for communal organic farming and solid waste management.

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.

Conversion in the light of Laudato Si’

Religious and lay people from six countries – Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ghana, Brazil and Spain – have ended the fourth theoretical-practical Week of Ecological Conversion held in INEA, Valladolid. This proposal born in the environment of the INEA’s Organic Gardens and it is growing with the call of Pope Francis Laudato Si’. The encyclical continues appealing religious and lay people.