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La Niña to affect small-scale agriculturalists 2016-12-01

According to the US National Weather Service, La Niña conditions are present and are slightly expected to last through the winter of 2016-17, likely affecting temperature and precipitation around the world.  This follows a 2015-16 El Niño event that resulted in extreme drought conditions in numerous regions around the world, having affected more than 60 million people worldwide (World Health Organization). 

The NASA Earth Observatory webpage describes La Niña impacts as causing “wetter than normal conditions west of the equatorial central Pacific over northern Australia and Indonesia during the northern hemisphere winter, and over the Philippines during the northern hemisphere summer. Wetter than normal conditions are also observed over southeastern Africa and northern Brazil, during the northern hemisphere winter season. During the northern hemisphere summer season, the Indian monsoon rainfall tends to be greater than normal, especially in northwest India. Drier than normal conditions are observed along the west coast of tropical South America, and at subtropical latitudes of North America (Gulf Coast) and South America (southern Brazil to central Argentina) during their respective winter seasons.”

Farmers and development workers are encouraged to make preparations for anticipated rainfall irregularities in their particular regions.  The ECHO Best Practice Note No. 2, Agriculture in Times of Climate Change, recommends practices for smallholder farmers to cope with climate extremes.

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Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics
Mon, 16 January 2017 » Fri, 20 January 2017

ECHO Campus, United States

Course Description: Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional nee...

ECHO East Africa Symposium - February 2017
Tue, 7 February 2017 » Thu, 9 February 2017

Naura Springs Hotel - Arusha, Tanzania

Invitation to ECHO East Africa  Symposium 7th-9h February, 2017 in Arusha, Greetings! You are cordially invited to join us for the ECHO East Africa Symposium 2017. We hope that you will make time to gather with us at this very important and effective meeting. It will be a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in the East Africa Region. This symposium will be held at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha. Those who register before 1 Janua...

Northwest Myanmar Agriculture and Community Development Workshop
Tue, 7 February 2017 » Fri, 10 February 2017

Myanmar Baptist Convention, Republic of the Union of Myanmar

   

Bamboo Basics: Production, Preservation, and Construction
Tue, 7 February 2017 » Fri, 10 February 2017

ECHO Global Farm, USA

With over 1,000 different species of bamboo in the world, the plant remains essential source of food, implements, and construction materials. In this hands-on workshop participants will be exposed to dozens of useful tropical varieties of bamboo. They will gain practical insights related to the propagation of various types of bamboo, as well as basic production approaches. Additionally, participants will explore harvesting and preservation methods and construction techniques.   ECHO DOE...

ECHO Sierra Leone Forum 2016
Tue, 28 February 2017 » Thu, 2 March 2017

Hill Valley Hotel, Sierra Leone

Event Rescheduled! We are excited to announce that the first ECHO Sierra Leone Forum has a new date in February. We are pleased to inform you that ECHO is organizing a forum on sustainable agriculture in Freetown. This ECHO forum aims the bring knowledge and to strengthen networking for the benefit of people fighting against hunger, poverty and those serving the poor in Africa trough agriculture and appropriate technologies. Plenary sessions will be conducted during three morning...

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