From The Network: RESEARCH UPDATE
Around the world members of ECHOcommunity are working together, sometimes at great distances, to diagnose issues and innovate solutions. Members just like you are sharing their knowledge and research to improve efficiency and increase project success rates.
In a recent study by Joy Longfellow at ECHO South Africa, Lablab bean (Lablab purpureus) has proven to be a top-performing legume in HGBF-funded ECHO research trials in South Africa. Currently, lablab is being evaluated in an intercropping system with maize and cowpea. [...]
At the onset of the dry season, after the cowpea and maize were harvested, the lablab ('Rongai' variety) was still green and vigorous, providing excellent ground cover and a living mulch. However, while producing dense, late-season biomass, seed harvest was adversely affected by small green and brown worms that bored holes through the maturing seed pods and feasted on the developing seeds. Many of the mature pods were opened to find shriveled seeds or no seeds at all.
After some research, it appears that the culprit is most likely Adisura atkinsoni, a pod-boring pest whose larvae makes holes in the pods and feed on the seeds as they develop. [...]
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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 ]
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.
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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.
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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.
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ECHO Asia Notes Issue 20
Farm-Generated Feed: Fish Feed Production | Producing the Biocontrol Fungi Trichoderma and Beauveria
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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)
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