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Instituto Mayor Campesino

Nuestro enfoque(1)We are a 50 year old Non Govermental Organization (NGO) dedicated to promote the Sustainable Development of the department of Valle del Cauca, south west of Colombia; a program that privileges the agricultural workers and their families.

Under the alliance with different development organizations, IMCA contributes to the construction and consolidation of alternative ways of living with a sustainable approach, that benefits the most in need communities of the department, always looking towards a regional and a national scope. This approach of sustainable development looks for integral alternatives ways of living, which makes possible the pacific coexistence of the different cultures within its natural processes.

This is an articulated social work of the Society of Jesus.

The Minor in Urban Agriculture

6206284693_a2ba2ba5b1_bUrban Agriculture students learn about corporate food systems, alternative and more equitable models of urban-based agriculture, and larger food and environmental justice movements. That’s when they aren’t getting their hands dirty in the University of San Francisco Community Garden and with organizations around the Bay Area, learning advanced skills in organic gardening, permaculture, urban homesteading, sustainable living and local food production and distribution.

A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

2014_06_15_Reflection_Photo1-300x225As you wind down Mount Lebanon towards Chtaura, the Bekaa valley unveils. The heterogeneous pattern of fertile fields and anarchic urbanisation is a reminder that Lebanon inherits its identity as much from millennial traditions as from the development dynamics of past decades.

Very few trees break the monotony of this over exploited land. Many different factors have to be taken into account to explain this bleakness: the 19th century Ottoman Empire’s agricultural policy, the dire need of wood during World War I, the Syrian occupation at the end of the 20th century. But as you continue your way towards Anjar and the Syrian border, a sudden burst of vegetation breaks the cycle of buildings and poor-looking agricultural lands.

Faith, Farming and Ecology — How Should They Co-Exist?

shutterstock_sustainable_farming-255x255More than 40 leaders in farming, food production, environmental studies and theology gathered at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in November to dialogue about the challenges of 21st-century agriculture and how faith traditions can inform solutions to such things as food shortages, environmental degradation and the ethical use of biotechnology.