Postponed: ECHO Sierra Leone Forum

Please Note: The highly anticipated forum in Freetown, Sierra Leone will be postponed.
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ECHOcommunity Member Spotlight: Dr. Ann Wilke 2016-09-14

Dr. Wilkie, a professor at the University of Florida, is a specialist in microbial metabolism. Internationally recognized as an expert in biogas technology, she has also conducted research on the practical application of anaerobic digestion for waste treatment and renewable energy production.

We are pleased to annouce that Dr. Wilkie will be presenting plenary session at the ECHO International Agriculture Conference in November.  This presentation will focus on biogas for smallholder farmers. Biogas is a renewal form of energy produced by the anaerobic digestion of materials such as livestock manure.  An important by-product of biogas systems is a nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as a biofertilizer.

In addition to her plenary session on Thursday, Dr. Wilkie will be leading an optional post-conference workshop on Friday, November 18. This workshop will highlight biogas production and include practical demonstrations. On the same day, Brad Lancaster will also be hosting a post-conference workshop on water harvesting in dry climates.   

You can sign up for these workshops online: Reserve My Post-Conference Workshop Spot

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ECHO's 23rd annual International Agriculture Conference's plenary lineup includes speakers spanning a broad range of subjects. Included in the three-day conference are sessions on agroforestry (Dr. P.K. Nair), creation care (Scott Sabin) and several appropriate technology topics: greenhouse and aquaponics projects (Rex Barber), biochar (Dr. Roy Beckford), water harvesting (Brad Lancaster) and biogas systems (Dr. Ann Wilkie).

ECHO Tech Note #44: Methane Digesters has been recently updated. There are many designs for methane digesters ranging from large and complex to small and simple. This document covers two main types of digesters: batch digesters and flow-thru digesters; and two main types of gas collectors: tube collectors and floating collectors.

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Upcoming events

ECHO Central America / Caribbean Agriculture and Community Development Conference
Tue, 27 September 2016 » Thu, 29 September 2016

Hotel Best Western Las Mercedes, Nicaragua

            We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the region’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of those who work hard to provide adequate food for themselves and their communities. The event offers an open exchange of information,...

ECHO West Africa Francophone Forum 2016
Tue, 27 September 2016 » Thu, 29 September 2016

Pacific Hotel Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

We are pleased to inform you that the next ECHO forum on sustainable agriculture is expected in Ouagadougou in September 2016. This ECHO forum aims to strengthen the capacity of people struggling against hunger and poverty by serving the poor in Africa. Plenary sessions will be conducted for three mornings by resource persons and will be followed by workshops in the afternoon. Focus groups will be led by regional agricultural officials and experts, including yourself if you have ideas to s...

Best Practices in Highland Areas Symposium
Tue, 1 November 2016 » Thu, 3 November 2016

Internantional Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopia

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled "Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock in highlands" will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st-3rd November 2016. SCHOLARSHIPS TWELVE SCHOLARSHIPS/WAIVERS FOR WOMEN are available for 12 women research and development workers from Ethiopia or East Africa to attend the ECHO Highlands Symposium from 1st-3rd November, 2016. Th...

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
Tue, 15 November 2016 » Thu, 17 November 2016

Crowne Plaza Hotel and The ECHO Global Farm, United States

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL!  We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. 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 ev...

Biogas Summit and Co-design Workshop
Mon, 21 November 2016 » Fri, 25 November 2016

Naura Springs Hotel - Arusha, Tanzania

Greetings ECHO East African Members and Networks!!!!. We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa biogas summit entitled“Biogas summit" will take place at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha Tanzania from 21st-22nd  November 2016 and followed by Co-design workshop on 24th – 25th November 2016. The objective of the workshop is to think about more affordable designs of biogas plants. Participation to the Co-design workshop is optional for any interested individual.  The call...

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