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'Garden of Eden' inspires Indonesian faithful

Agricultural project helps people to ease Covid-19 isolation by managing idle land

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'Garden of Eden' inspires Indonesian faithful

One of the organic vegetable gardens in the Atambua Eden program in Atambua Diocese in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province. (Photo supplied by Father Kristoforus Marianus Bobo Oki)

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Amid doubts about when the Covid-19 pandemic will end, Atambua Diocese in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province is trying to improve the economic resilience of its flock with an agricultural program.

Atambua Eden is the name used by the diocese near the border with Timor-Leste for the project.

"With this program, Atambua Diocese wants to become a Garden of Eden as written in the Book of Genesis. In that context, agriculture is the focus,” said Father Kristoforus Marianus Bobo Oki, one of the priests assigned to develop the program.

The awareness to pay serious attention to agriculture was initially raised during a pastoral meeting in 2018, but it did not get immediate attention. However, he said, it got its relevance with the growing challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, which demanded social restrictions.

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