Tag Archive for agroforestry

Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference: Communities We Support

indigenous-pulangiyen-communityThe 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.

Granja Escuela Popol Ja, a Jesuit center for agroforestry training in Guatemala

2012_08_31_PP_Photo1_loopThe 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.

Teduray youth inspired by agroforestry farm in Bukidnon

Teduray youth with Mr Henry BinahonAgroforestry is a new term learned by 24 Teduray youth who recently took part in a Bentela daw Sayuda activity, a Pulangiyen cultural mechanism of visiting (bentela) and sharing (sayuda) under ESSC’s Bridging Leadership in Mindanao project. The Teduray youth participants who joined the visit shared their problems in upland farming, such as pest control and management and the limited funds to purchase fertilizer and pesticides, and soil erosion and landslide occurrences in their areas.

Sustainable Agriculture Course

shortThe idea underlying sustainable agriculture is that farmers should co-operate with nature and not fight it.  To be sustainable, agriculture must be environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially just.  This 5-day course covers the importance of soil organic matter, compost, green manures, agroforestry, conservation tillage, natural pest management, and rotation, diversification, and interplanting of crops.  In part of one session we discuss sustainable agriculture’s ability to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the farming family.

Jatropha as An Alternative Way of Life in Flores Island‐Indonesia

jatropha_pic3Flores is an island that has sub‐climates. The mountains in this island are highly volcanic in origin, so water can permeate and infiltrate into the ground effectively. There is good storage capacity but there is no clear understanding of how much water is available on the ground. Volcanic earth has certain nutrients that are valuable but when we get to plant, it may not have the right combination of nutrients and the water needed. Therefore, there is a need to look, not only at the basic nutrients of Phosphorous, Nitrogen, and Potassium but also at the other micronutrients in order to get the balance.