Tag Archive for sustainable agriculture

Zero hunger, food security, improved nutrition, and sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)

2017_01_15_Editorial_Photo1It is disconcerting that in the 21st century, hunger remains a second priority when talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – after eradication of extreme poverty, one of the main causes of hunger.

The hunger problem, it would seem, should have been almost overcome, or is experienced only in pockets in certain areas of the world today.  According to the UN World Food Programme however, “some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.  That’s about one in nine people on earth”, even as notable advancements are achieved in food issues.

Sustainable Agriculture Pilot Launched

Ardraa-College-meeting-1200x661In light of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s pledge that Ireland will double its expenditure on nutrition by 2020, a workshop to discuss the feasibility of having a programme on sustainable agriculture was held in Baraka Agricultural College, Molo, Kenya in February 2015.

Catholic workers’ co-op installing sustainable mini-farms on Peninsula and beyond

201505125050The grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University boast row upon row of broccoli, Swiss chard, kale and strawberries this spring, products of a new parish Catholic workers cooperative created in a venture among the seminary, Guadalupe Associates and the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto.

“I was actually surprised we yielded so much the first year,” said Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens, rector of the seminary who along with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone approved the use of seminary grounds to grow the crops as part of NanoFarms USA’s pilot project. The website is nanofarms.com.

Inernational Ministries

jamaica_st.-annes-primary-school---principal-and-teacher-mrsCJI works with Jesuit and other partners rooted in the Jesuit tradition to support communities in their struggles for peace and social justice in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. CJI supports projects in many areas, including education, pastoral care, social services, community development, sustainable agriculture, humanitarian aid and human rights.

History of Silveira House

fr munyoro sjSilveira House, Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre is a Catholic Church based organisation named after the first Jesuit priest to come to Zimbabwe in the 16th century (Gonzales da Silveira). It was founded in 1964 by Fr John Dove SJ. After Zimbabwean Independence in 1980, Silveira House focused more on civic education, to promote the participation of Africans who had been historically excluded from the political and economic system of the country. It also started various projects on skills training, sustainable agriculture, trade unionism and community development.