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ECHO International Agriculture Conference
18 November - 21 November, 2014

Welcome conference delegates to the 21st annual ECHO International Agriculture Conference.

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Resource Spotlight: Agricultural Prosperity in Dry Africa

From 2001 to 2011 author Dov Pasternak was head of Crops and Systems Diversification at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Sahelian Center in Niger.In this book Professor Pasternak shares insights from his lifelong work in international agriculture and specifically the dry areas of West Africa and Israel.

Agricultural Prosperity in Dry Africa contains a wealth of practical suggestions for dealing with the problems facing dryland farmers in Africa. He discusses crops, strategies, and technologies that lead to increased production and income for farmers with limited resources.

The entire book is available for download from ECHOcommunity.

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 Technical Note Issue 80 

    Seed Fairs: Fostering Local Seed Exchange to Support Regional Biodiversity

    When you come across an especially promising local variety of a crop grown in your area, how can you enable other farmers to try out this variety? If a farmer gives you 30 seeds of an exceptional variety, how might you go about distributing these? How does seed flow happen in and among communities where you work?

    In this article, we share about ECHO Asia’s experience helping host four very different seed fairs. We also outline several important components of a seed fair, so you can learn from our experience if your organization is interested in hosting one.

    [ All ECHO Tech Notes ]

    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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • Tropical Agricultural Development Course I - North Fort Myers, Florida - USA

    January 19 - 23, 2015

    Courses at Level I are designed for those interested in preparing for short/long term involvement in agricultural development internationally. TAD II Courses are geard toward experienced overseas workers and nationals with involvement in agricultural development or those who have already participated in TAD I. [ more information ]

  • 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 Symposium - Arusha, Tanzania

    Those who register before 1 January, 2015 receive a $30 discount.

    3-5 November, 2015

    The East Africa Symposium will be a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in the East Africa Region. This event will be held at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha.[ More Information ]

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