The Province of Paraguay has a centre for social studies. So far, that is nothing very original since reflection and social action have been part of the Society’s fields of activity for more than fifty years almost everywhere in the world. But not all social centres are concretely involved in an ecological agriculture project. This is the case with CEPAG, the Centro de Estudios Paraguayos Padre Antonio Guasch. This institution is recognized in Paraguay for building alternative models of development where social justice, equality and quality of life prevail.
CEPAG’s actions are inspired by the Learning Community proposal called Red Comparte. The Red Comparte (Sharing Network) seeks to consolidate, deepen, and reshape alternative economies as a contribution to the Ignatian vision of seeking the most universal good. Red Comparte is the putting into practice of Ignatian spirituality in the social field.
CEPAG is actively involved in implementing a sustainable production model with an agro-ecological approach. To this end, it has created a specialized research and validation centre for peasant technology. This is how the Finca Pytu Piro’y (“fresh breath ranch,” in Guarani and Spanish) was born. It is a space where research and demonstrations of agro-ecological practices are carried out, which will then be applied in the peasant farms with which the CEPAG collaborates. It welcomes mainly farmers and young people who are interested in learning about farming practices that respect nature and are in harmony with the care of our “common home”.