COVID-19 Seed Shipping Disruptions

Please be aware that we may not be able to accept your seed order for processing at this time. Many countries are not accepting mail from the US at this time due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can check information on your country at the US Postal Service's "International service disruptions" list.
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Upcoming events

Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course
Thu, 11 June 2020 » Wed, 29 July 2020

Virtual Conference,

University of California Postharvest Center Online Conference The 2020 course is a great opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills at a significantly lower price! This course is a seven-week intensive study of the latest technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamentals in California, and the underlying biology principals. The new, interactive, virtual format will include pre-recorded video presentations, weekly live overview, highlights and Q&A sessions...

POSTPONED TBD- Small Scale Fish Culture Workshop: Fish Farming for Food & Profit
Tue, 23 June 2020 » Thu, 25 June 2020

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank, Thailand

Small-scale Livestock Management - CANCELLED
Mon, 27 July 2020 » Fri, 31 July 2020

ECHO Global Farm, USA

To safeguard against COVID-19, and the spread of the novel coronavirus, some on-campus ECHO Florida training events have been modified. ·Small-Scale Livestock Workshop, July 27 – 31, 2020 has been cancelled.   Learn about small-scale management of livestock in the tropics during this one week course. ECHO's global farm manages cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, fowl, and rabbits. Learn how to integrate and manage these animals into a tropical farming system.  

ECHO Asia Training in SRI- System of Rice Intensification
Fri, 31 July 2020 » Fri, 31 July 2020

ECHO Asia Impact Center Farm and Seed Bank, Thailand

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development- September 2020
Mon, 14 September 2020 » Fri, 18 September 2020

ECHO Global Farm, USA

Those interested in preparing for short to long-term involvement in international agriculture development are encouraged to participate in this five-day course.  Topics and discussions will be centered on improved food security and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.  Participants will be introduced to the complexities related to poverty and community development.  They will also be introduced to principles and practices that contribute toward maintaining...

Latest Resources

Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs. The Peasant Food Web

The ETC Group, 2017, 3rd edition

Peasants are the main or sole food providers to more than 70% of the world’s people,1 and peasants produce this food with less (often much less) than 25% of the resources – includin...

Small Farms don’t Produce Most the of the Worlds’ Food – But they Could Produce All, 2019

How much of the world’s food do smallholders produce? by Vincent Ricciardi and colleagues, published in Global Food Security, the researchers estimate that small farms produce “28–31% of total ...

Recipes for Velvet Beans -- and a Caution!

More discussion on consumption of Velvet Beans.

Echos From Our Network

Heavy flowering of Neem indicates trouble?

Dr. Jason Yapp, Agricultural Services & Development Manager, Rural Development Corporation, Malaysia. “I would like to reply to Nigel Florida’s inquiry regards to succ...

Making On-Farm Pig Feed: Farm-Generated Formulas vs. Commercial Feeds

This article is from ECHO Asia Note # 42

The integration of livestock on the smallholder farm is often a key component to the long-term sustainability of the farm, specifically by means of critical nutrient cycling...

Mucuna News

The Mucuna News is an output of a Rockefeller-funded project on "Increasing Mucuna’s Potential as a Food and Feed Crop", which arose from a workshop organized in April, 2000, by CIDICCO (the International Center for Informat...

Mucuna Species: Recent Advances in Application of Biotechnology

Abstract, Fruit, Vegetable and Cereal Science and Biotechnology, 2007

Biotechnology techniques have been widely used for legumes – important crops with excellent nutritional characteristics and soil improvement qua...

Cowhage - WebMD

Cowhage is a bean-like plant. It grows wild in the tropics, including India and the Bahamas, and its range may extend to southern Florida. The bean, seed, and hair of the bean pod are used to make medicine. The appropriat...

Velvet Bean - Mucuna pruriens

Velvet bean is a vigorous, nitrogen-fixing, bushy or vining, annual plant. The vines will climb anything available and can reach 10 m or more in length. Velvet bean is somewhat drought tolerant and is an excellent green manu...

Words of Gratitude and Solidarity from the ECHO Asia Director

This article is from ECHO Asia Note # 42

For the last two months, ECHO Asia adopted preventive and precautionary measures against the pandemic compelling us to suspend all our activities at the ECHO Farm. However, ...