In his groundbreaking encyclical entitled Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis called on all of humanity to change how we care for the Earth, our “common home.” As the one-year anniversary of the encyclical’s release is celebrated, Jesuit institutions are rising to the challenge, taking the message of the first Jesuit pope to heart.
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For 40 years Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia. But over the last 20 years Desmarais has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it’s applied in Africa.
Ploughs, tractors, chemical fertilizers, commercial herbicides were once all part of Desmarais’ gospel of modern agriculture. But no more. The Canadian Jesuit now promotes organic, ecologically sustainable, no-till farming for small scale farmers.