Fr. Paterne Auxence Mombe is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Tangaza University in Nairobi, where his studies focus on social transformation and sustainable development. He also holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Canisius Institute of Philosophy, a B.Sc. in Biochemistry-Microbiology from the University of Ouagadougou, as well as a Master of Divinity in Theology from Hekima College. Fr. Mombe has also attained a post master’s degree in Moral Theology (STL) and options bioethics from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He served as Director of the Educational Center and as a Biology/Mathematics teacher in Kyabe, Chad. He has held positions as the Director of Loyola Hope Center’s HIV/AIDS Project in Lomé, Togo and Regional Director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network in Kenya. He is the author of the book Rays of Hope: Managing HIV and AIDS in Africa, the co-editor of Aids 30 Years Down the Line: Faith Based Reflections About The Epidemic In Africa, and has contributed to several other publications. As an SVNP scholar at the Wilson Center, his research focuses on “Agricultural Extension as a Peacebuilding Tool in a Post-Conflict Context: The Case of the Central African Republic.” A native of the Central African Republic, Father Mombe is a priest in the Jesuit Order of the Catholic Church.

Project Summary

The five-year conflict in the Central African Republic didn’t go without impacting on
subsistence farmers activities of food production, exacerbating the rampant poverty
among these rural population. Yet revitalizing the agricultural sector requires to
mainstream the intervention with peace building. Agricultural extension appears as an
ideal tool for that. The project consists in determining agricultural extension policies that
can support agricultural extension services likely to promote food security and rural
development as well as peace consolidation in the target post-conflict rural communities
and beyond. It comes as a contribution to promoting peacebuilding in conflict-afflicted
communities in Africa.