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Happening Right Now: East Africa Highlands Symposium

Delegates from across East Africa are meeting today for a 3-day training and networking event in Bujumbura, Burundi. This symposium provides opportunities for  information-sharing and networking. Experts from ECHO, World Vision, FAO and many others are presenting educational sessions and hands-on training based on their experience and knowledge pertaining to the unique challenges of farming in the highlands.

ECHO Conferences, Forums, and Symposia provide accessible network and training opportunities for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty worldwide.

Next Event: ECHO International Agriculture Conference
Fort Myers, FL  - November 18-20, 2014

The 21st Annual ECHO International Agriculture Conference is geared toward Agricultural Development workers in every stage, whether you're looking to get started, needing resources to take your project to the next level, or are ready to share what you've learned with others. 

This event regularly attracts delegates representing more than 30 countries. Sessions cover topics from general development best-practices, to hands-on training with innovative and effective agricultural techniques.

The registration deadline for this conference is drawing close, and post-conference workshops are filling up quickly. 

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ECHOcommunity is the online member network of ECHO, an organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve lives worldwide. contains resources for development practitioners looking for training, technical documentation, research and seeds. Here you will find a wealth of practical and tested information to help improve efficiency, productivity and nutritional diversity in sustainable agriculture with a focus on smallholder farmers in the developing world. Through this community, ECHO staff and network members from around the world collaborate to provide solutions to both common and unique challenges in sustainable agricultural development.

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Latest ECHO Publications

  • Just Arrived

    ECHO Development Notes Issue 125 

    Also Available In [ French ]

    Worldwide, the number of insect pollinators has declined sharply in recent years. Beekeepers have experienced heavy loss of honey bee colonies; in the United States,the number of managed colonies is half of what it was sixty or seventy years ago. This issue of ECHO Development Notes focuses on preventing the loss of key pollinators and how they can be effectively attracted and reintegrated into agricultural systems.

    In this issue, the ECHO Florida Seed Bank provides a list of seeds available that can serve to encourage beneficial insects as well as tips and suggestions for impelemeting them effectively.

    [ All ECHO Development Notes ]
  • New Translations: Mandarin & French

    ECHO is pleased to make available, in Mandarin and French, our Best Practices Note on Institutional Gardens. [ BPN 4: Mandarin ] [ BPN 4: French ]

    ECHO Best Practice  Notes Issue 4 

    This Best Practices Note explores common pitfalls and challenges related to design and implementation of an institutional agriculture project. It also outlines proven principles and practices that a development practitioner can implement in a variety of settings.

    Although many new institutional agriculture projects are started every year, few produce the expected positive results that were imagined during planning and implementation. The reasons for this lack of success are varied, but upon careful analysis, some common themes emerge.

    [ All ECHO Best Practice Notes ]
  • New Translation: Spanish

    ECHO Technical Note Issue 34 

    Now Available In [ Spanish ] and [ English ]

    Originally published in 1998 this is part of ECHO's ongoing efforts to bring important resources to more languages. We are please to announce that ECHO Technical Note 34 - Banana, Coconut & Breadfruit by Dr. Frankln W. Martin is now available in Spanish.

    This technical note describes the propagation and care of three outstanding fruits that are particularly important in feeding people. These fruits produce a lot of food for a minimum of effort and  are practically staple fruits of the tropics.

    [ All ECHO Tech Notes (English) ]
  • ECHO Asia Notes Issue 20

    Farm-Generated Feed: Fish Feed Production | Producing the Biocontrol Fungi Trichoderma and Beauveria

    [ All ECHO Asia Notes ]
  • ECHO East Africa Notes Issue 3

    Linking Small Scale Farmers to Markets through a Value Chain Approach and the Role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

    [ All ECHO East Africa Notes ]

Upcoming Conferences and Networking Opportunities

The Events Calendar lists all scheduled ECHO network events by date. [ See All ]

  • Un Forum Ouest Africain - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    French Language Only - ECHO West Africa Forum (English language conference coming later in 2015)

    27-29 Janvier 2015 (Remarque: changement de date)

    Ce forum de ECHO vise le renforcement d'un réseautage au profit des personnes luttant contre la faim, la pauvreté et servant les pauvres en Afrique. Des sessions plénières seront conduites pendant trois matinées par des personnes ressources et seront suivies par des ateliers de l'après-midi. [ plus d'informations ]

  • East Africa Highlands Forum - Bujumbura, Burundi

    October 28-30, 2014

    This Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa Highlands. Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. [ more information ]

  • ECHO International Agriculture Conference - North Fort Myers, Florida - USA

    November 18-20, 2014

    This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL! This event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives worldwide. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference. [ more information ]

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