New Posting In The Career Center: World Vision

If you've never used the ECHOcommunity Career Center you may be missing out on some big opportunities. The career center links employers to excellent candidates in the area of Agricultural Development. Check out this recent posting for an Agriculture and Food Security Technical Specialist, needed immediately by World Vision. Interested in this opportunity or looking for another? Search the Career Center, or post an opportunity today. (Membership Restrictions Apply)
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On The ECHO Global Farm: Grazing Management Systems 2015-02-23

ECHO's recent activity to integrate livestock more effectively includes revamping the farm's pastures and grazing approach. While for many years ECHO has demonstrated cut-and-carry forage feeding systems for goats, in early 2014 our interns and staff identified goals for minimizing the labor needed to feed the animals while increasing the carrying capacity of grazing animals on the farm's pastures. Focusing on the health of the grass and soil, an intensive rotational grazing management approach that mimics the way large herds of wild animals graze grasslands in nature was selected for implementation. Having reoriented and electrified ECHO's pasture fencing, the new system was operational in July 2014, allowing grazing animals to enjoy the lush, rampant growth of summer grass as they were rotated every other day from one small paddock to another. As a result, intern labor was reduced by one third and the pasture responded favorably to the rhythm of rest, intensive grazing, and recovery.

ECHO is excited to showcase this system with the potential of restoring healthy grasslands and feeding people around the world. Though the situation and approach at the ECHO farm may differ greatly from that of pastoralists in East Africa, resilient and resourceful farmers worldwide can build strategies best suited for their contexts by using guiding principles for sound grazing management. The Savory Institute, based in Boulder, Colorado, advocates a similar livestock grazing approach to help restore grassland health and productivity. With the presence of Savory Institute staff at ECHO's upcoming International Agriculture Conference (November 17-20, 2015), missionaries and development workers will see a tangible example of land management principles and practices on the ECHO farm that can heal the land and positively impact small-scale farmers and their herds worldwide.

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Upcoming events

ECHO Asia Indonesia Sustainable Agriculture Workshop
Tue, 3 March 2015 » Thu, 5 March 2015

Pantai Cermin Theme Park & Yayasan Abdi Satya Demonstration Farm, Indonesia

This event is geared towards agriculture and community development workers, extension agents, and those wanting to learn more about sustainable agriculture practices for Indonesia and Malaysia. Morning sessions will be held at the hotel and afternoons will be dedicated to hands-on learning at a small farm center. Acara ini ditujukan untuk para pekerja pertanian dan pengembangan masyarakat, pekerja LSM, badan pelaksana program, dan bagi mereka yang ingin mempelajari lebih...

ECHO West Africa Anglophone Forum 2015
Mon, 23 March 2015 » Fri, 27 March 2015

Mensvic Grand Hotel, Ghana

This ECHO Forum is geared toward enabling networking related to  alleviating hunger and poverty by those persons serving Africa's poor.  These morning of plenary sessions featuring knowledgable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups let by regional agricultural development workers and experts.  

ECHO Asia Philippines Sustainable Food Production Workshop
Tue, 12 May 2015 » Thu, 14 May 2015

The Aloha House and Natural Farm, Philippines

This event features wide range of workshops covering topics such as: Natural Resource Management,  Soil Fertility of Tropical Soils, Foliar Fertilizers, Small-Scale Livestock Production, Perennial Vegetables of the Tropics, Aquaponics, the System of Rice Intensification, Mushroom Production for Profit, Intensive Nursery Management, Dairy Processing, and more. All participants will participate in a seed exchange and receive a tour of the Aloha Farm.

Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics
Mon, 1 June 2015 » Fri, 5 June 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-sca...

Tropical Agricultural Development II - Gardening in the Tropics
Mon, 22 June 2015 » Fri, 26 June 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

This intermediate class is geared toward experienced overseas workers with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development I. This is a week-long course offered which includes a combination of small classroom instruction, hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Much of the course content is presented from a biblical perspective. Who should take this course: Those who will benefit fro...