CJI program on sustainable agriculture and livelihood support

CJI program on sustainable agriculture and livelihood support

Canadian Jesuits International

CJI supports the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia that promotes and teaches sustainable organic agriculture, which then produces healthier crops that benefit farmers and their communities.(Photo by Eric Clayton/JCCU)

The Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood Support is an international program of the Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) and its partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that contributes to addressing major challenges brought about by the continued growth of poverty and population, and a worsening climate crisis.

CJI supports innovative projects that promote sustainable agriculture and livelihood and help poor and marginalized communities break free from poverty, achieve food security and self-reliance, and care for our common home. Some of these efforts that CJI supports include the following:

Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia is a leading knowledge source on organic and agroecological agriculture in the Southern African region. The centre successfully launched its agroecology education diploma program and, with CJI’s support, provides poor and promising students with bursaries so they can get formal education in organic agriculture. Kasisi has been promoting organic agriculture since the 1990s. Founded in 1974 by Canadian Jesuit Br Paul Desmarais SJ, who died in 2023, the centre promotes faith and justice by training small-scale rural farmers and offering capacity-building programs.

Comparte (“Share”) is a network of the Jesuit Conference of Provincials in Latin America and the Caribbean (Conferencia de Provinciales en Américan Latina y el Caribe – CPAL) and includes social justice organizations in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and Spain. Comparte aims to strengthen knowledge sharing among organizations in the continent involved for decades with local production of organic coffee, cacao, honey, cheese, and other products, and assist in developing strategies for alternative economic development. With CJI’s partnership, Comparte has helped an estimated 49,500 people, many of them small-scale rural farmers and social entrepreneurs from marginalized communities.

The St. Alphonsus Social and Agricultural Centre (SASAC) and the Society of Jesus Agricultural and Social Institute (SOJASI) serve the poorest of the poor in Kurseong and Chimney, India. In the last fiscal year, 150 families benefitted from its programs, including organic agriculture training, workshops on floriculture, small-scale piggery, poultry, and dairy enterprises.

This article is from Canadian Jesuits International with some modifications.

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