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Caritas and Agriculture

Caritas and Agriculture
Most people in developing countries depend on agriculture for their very survival. Training them – especially in small-scale farming – is at the heart of Caritas’ work to ensure that they can feed their families properly and stay healthy.

Caritas distributes drought resistant seeds, provides wells to support sustainable irrigation systems and builds granaries and flood defenses. Caritas also sets up community gardens, where women farmers are particularly encouraged to plant new and more varied crops. This helps them to adapt to our changing climate and to have a surplus to sell. Caritas gives them help with equipment and credit.

Access to markets is a key Caritas concern. This means helping farmers with transport, financial capital and the skills and knowledge to know where and when to sell their goods for the best price. It sounds easy. But it’s not for the very poorest farmers who may live in remote areas. So Caritas helps them work in cooperatives to share their skills and knowledge and also to improve their yields.

Moving people beyond the uncertainty and poverty of subsistence agriculture – which in turn leaves them more vulnerable to extreme weather – is a major Caritas goal.

Caritas updates on agriculture

  • Food, war and Caritas at EXPO 2015

Food, war and Caritas at EXPO 2015

  • 29 September 2015
Caritas wants you to think about food: where it comes from, how to make sure everyone’s got enough and of the right quality, its ability to bring us together and its essential role everyone’s lives.
  • “On the care of our Common Home” gallery

“On the care of our Common Home” gallery

  • 18 June 2015
Pope Francis’ new encyclical is an urgent call to debate the issue of human ecology and our relationship with the environment. It is called “Laudato Si’, On the Care of our Common Home”.