Community Agriculture in Action

The Darjeeling area of India is probably best known around the world for its tea production. When Father J Abraham came to Darjeeling from his native Canada 59 years ago the problems of the rural poor were ever apparent and concerning, as they are today. Father Abraham was determined to make a difference to the lives of the people he met by empowering the poor to help themselves. And he eventually established the Saint Alphonsus Social and Agricultural Centre near Kurseong, Darjeeling, with the aim of enabling the rural poor to produce enough food to feed their families and communities.

Despite the significant environmental challenges faced in the Bengal hills, SASAC’s many projects of appropriate technology have transformed the local community and surrounding areas. Father Abraham and project co-ordinator Sudir talk here about how they have been able to make a positive impact in this part of India. Length 20 mins. Above photo of SASAC. Inset photo on Environment page of Father Abraham.

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