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XU College of Agriculture

seal_agricultureThe Xavier University – College of Agriculture as a Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit institution endeavors to pursue the development and integration of small farmer communities with a society where social justice and people empowerment prevail.

Through an integrated and self-reliant program of instruction, research. and extension, we commit ourselves to a wholistic formation of students and rural leaders who will promote sustainable agriculture and a more equitable access to resources.

Empower Youth to Conserve the Forests

laos_0092_news.mongabay.com_Want to save forests? Don’t forget the youth, says Pedro Walpole, the Chair and Director of Research for the Environmental Science for Social Change, a Jesuit environmental research organization promoting sustainability and social justice across the Asia Pacific region. “Youth leadership in environmental management is key,” Walpole told mongabay.com. “Most of all we have to learn from the youth what are their insecurities and challenges in engaging in what will become the era of sustainability and simplicity rather than development.”

Jesuit Universities Invited to Deepen Commitment to Social Justice in New Document from Jesuit Curia in Rome

Screen-Shot-2014-10-21-at-4.05.29-PM-210x300The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome has released a new document entitled, Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society.  The document, that includes an introductory letter written by Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., secretary of the Society for higher education and president of Loyola University Chicago, invites readers to reflect upon the rich background and understanding of justice and its role in the Jesuit university.  According to the Secretariat’s office, the text is intended to help Jesuit universities to further deepen their commitment to working for justice.

Canadian Jesuit favors oxen over tractors in helping Zambian farmers

CNS-ZambiaFarm (1000x750)_0Nineteenth-century missionaries arrived in Africa with a Bible in one hand and a plough in the other. Jesuit Brother Paul Desmarais still has a Bible, but he’s given up on the plough. For 40 years, Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia. But over the past 20 years he 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.

Social Action (JESA)

jesuitconference-soasia_logoSocial justice has long been at the heart of the mission of the Society. Our mission today is the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement. This makes the Jesuit Social Ministry a fundamental aspect of the Society’s work. The elements of the Jesuit Social Ministry are direct service of those in need, social and cultural analysis, theological reflection on questions of injustice; and campaigning alongside others who strive to make our world a more just place. Care of the environment is an integral part of the Jesuit mission. It affects the quality of our relationship with God, with other human beings and with creation itself. It touches the core of our faith in and love for God, making it impossible for us to watch passively as the drive to access sources of energy and other natural resources increasingly damages the earth, air, water to the point that the future of our planet is threatened.