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The ECHO International Agriculture Conference (EIAC) registration deadline is approaching quickly! This year's conference schedule includes an impressive schedule of speakers who are making a difference worldwide. Presenters and delegates at the conference will share both their successes and challenges.

Along with hands-on training, the EIAC offers insights into trends and best practices in Agricultural Development, a chance to share your experience, and a chance to interact with respected leaders in our field like Penny Rambacher.

Penny discovered her passion for helping the poor while flying to Latin America as an American Airlines flight attendant. In the nine years since she founded Miracles in Action, a non-profit, Naples, FL based charity, Penny has coordinated the construction of 46 rural schools, 20 village water systems 1000 water purifiers, over 2100 safe, fuel efficient stoves, and establishing community/school gardens to include nutrition/agriculture education workshops.

Discover new methods of championing agriculture development from Penny Rambacher, founder of Miracles in Action. Learn about the creative approaches employed by Penny and her team in the fight against malnutrition in Guatemala.

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The 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. Time is short, register today!

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Conference Details

Date: November 18-20, 2014

Location: North Fort Myers, FL USA

Venue: ECHO Global Farm and Crown Plaza Hotel

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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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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Latest ECHO Publications

  • 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 ]
  • Just Arrived: New Translation

    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 Development Notes Issue 124 

    Also Available In [ French ] and [ Spanish ]

    In Haiti, the Yard Garden program promoted by MPP and FONDAMA is resulting in real change for the families who participate and whose yards - and lives -are being transformed as a result. This article provides an overview of one specific success story and sixteen elements to be included in a successful Yard Garden project.

    The ECHO Florida Seed Bank conducted a tomato observation trial during the 2013/2014 winter season, to compare our currently-offered varieties with new varieties acquired in 2013. Results of the study are provided and new varieties are available for trial in your area through the ECHO Seed Bank.

    [ All ECHO Development Notes ]
  • 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 ]
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