PROMOTING OF FOOD SECURITY AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN THE FACE OF COVID 19
This is a one year project being implemented in partnership with MIIC (Movement International des Intellectuels Catholiques) Cote d’Ivoire with the community of IFA Cote d’Ivoire.
This project seeks to help farmers to cope up with the impact of Covid- 19 by increasing food production.
The project involves capacity building of the farmers on improved farming Technics that will help them increase food productivity and help them deal with value chain related challenges.
At the end the project, Pax Romana ICMICA Africa hopes to:
- Have improved food production of 30 households in IFA.
- Enhance the resilience of small-scale farmers to cope up with the effects of climate change by improving soil fertility,
- Improve the livelihood of the beneficiaries by 100% by equipping them with the technical capacities on commercial farming to generate more income and improve their knowledge on finance management.
- After Cote d’Ivoire, Pax Romana ICMICA Africa hopes to bring the project to a wider coverage to reach out to more countries.
COVID-19 LIVE DISCUSSION
Living in Times of Covid-19: Experiences of Catholic (Christian) Lay Across Africa
Since first being recorded late last year in China, the Covid-19 coronavirus has spread around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global pandemic.
Up to until mid-February, Europe had become the worst-affected region, with Italy and Spain particularly most affected. Currently, the pandemic has spread around the world and developing countries, including those in Sub-Sahara Africa have not been spared. Currently, over a million people have been infected. As at 3rd March, WHO estimated that Covid-19 had a 3.4 % mortality rate having caused a loss of life of close to 60,000 people and recovery of slightly 250,000 people around the world. In Africa, South Africa, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya are among countries with high recorded infections.
The epidemic is causing untold suffering to human life. The Coronavirus pandemic demands social distancing, quarantine and isolation. It has send billions of people into lockdown as health
services struggle to cope. Many workers are now reduced to working from home. Schools, around the world, have been closed and teachers have found themselves managing virtual classrooms, communicating with their students over social media platforms. Majority of churches around the world have suspended their Sunday services and worshippers now find themselves following online services. No one knows what will happen next. The requirement to social distance, quarantine and isolate has resulted to loneliness epidemic. Majority of individuals today lack sufficient social connection and such conditions can augment the negative effects of stress and reduce physical and emotional resilience that people will need to fight the COVID-19. As a result, relational connection is important at this moment of COVID-19 pandemic.
It is in this view that Pax Romana ICMICA-Africa planed to hold an on-line session bringing together Catholic professionals across Africa and beyond to share their hopes and experiences about the COVID-19. With members drawn from difference countries, divergent professional orientation and experiences, the on-line session will bring together members to reflect on how Catholic (Christian) Lay Across Africa are living through the difficult times of Covid-19.
MIIC-COTE D’IVOIRE AT THE CONGRESS OF THE CATHOLIC PROFESSIONALS OF COTE D’IVOIRE (ACC-CI)
For more than fifteen (15) years, the Association des Cadres Catholiques of Côte d’Ivoire (ACC-CI) has seen its activities suspended, by decision of the hierarchy of the Church, following conflicts of interest and skills of former leaders.
Aware of the important role of lay faithful in the Church (see Vatican Council II), the Fathers Bishops of Côte d’Ivoire, during their Plenary Assembly on January 22, 2017, invited the Catholic Cadres “to take or better to take back their place, not only in the proclamation of the gospel, where the call of God has placed them, but also in the decisions that impact the future of the nation ”.
MCCP MADAGASCAR IN PREPARATION OF AUGUST CONGRESS
The weekend of January 31 to February 2, 2020, the leaders of MCCP Madagascar, composed of the presidents, vice-presidents and chaplains of each region as well as the members of the national office, met at the Sainte Thérèse d’Avila spiritual center in Itaosy Antananarivo, for the evaluation of the pastoral year 2019, but especially for the preparation of the national congress to be held in Fianarantsoa on August 20 to 23, a date that has already had approved by the Archbishop of Fianarantsoa Mgr Fulgence RABEMAHAFALY.
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF MCC GABON FROM 11TH AU 12TH JANUARY 2020
The Mouvement Chrétien des Cadres et Dirigeants du Gabon (MCC-G), celebrated its 10th anniversary from January 10 to 12, 2020, at the Petit Séminaire Saint-Jean in Libreville. These days revolved around the theme: “The Christian Movements of Professionals in Africa, challenges and perspectives facing the challenges of the continent ”. The Bishop invited the members of the MCC to enter into the victory of Christ and to bring the victory of Christ wherever they are. Likewise, he exhorted the participants to bring the world of work into the victory of Christ.
The day of Saturday began with the presentation of the history of the MCC Gabon. The participants were edified by the major stages which marked the launch of the MCC Gabon in 2006, until its formalization in January 2010, by His Excellency Monsignor Basile MVE ENGONE Metropolitan Archbishop of Libreville.
Then, during the conference-debate, the different speakers shared their experiences and the commitment of their movements to the current crises. Discussions also focused on the position of the Catholic Church vis-à-vis the current diversity of religious, the importance for Catholics to mark their identity and to commit themselves to the transformation of society.
Finally, the speakers looked confidently on the expected demographic growth for the next few years, emphasizing the training of young people to ensure sustainable growth. The day ended with an excursion to the RAPONDA WALKER arboretum, an opportunity for the MCC-G to introduce its guests to the advantages of our forest, the first wealth of our country.
The day of Sunday January 12, 2020, which marked the end of the activities, was an opportunity for the MCC-G to present all the teams that had served during its 10 years of existence, and the different projects that animate the life of each of them. Thus, six (6) teams, grouping together around fifty members, have been set up in two (2) of the six (6) dioceses in the country. However, reaching the other dioceses for the expansion of the movement is ongoing. This day was also marked by the signing of the official partnership between MCC-France and MCC Gabon.