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Seeing success from FFF in Nigeria 2017-08-15

We recently received a report on the success of the Foundations for Farming method from Catherine who is working in Nigeria:

“Since I was a young girl I was interested in agriculture but had never had the opportunity to put it into practice until now, 40 years later. I discovered the FFF method of growing corn and I decided to try it instead of tiring out the soil each year. FFF reconstructs the soil and instead of costing more and more for farmers each year in fertilizer, it is less costly in the way one makes his or her own compost, uses mulch, and utilizes manure for building the soil. The most important thing of all, is that the production/harvest increases each year and the soil itself is improving in the process. […] I would often wake up very early, while it was still dark, and I would eat a good breakfast to prepare myself to work in the field for a few hours before the sun came up.”

The results were very impressive to Catherine. Her corn plants each had at least one large ear and sometimes even two on each stock. She often noted that other farmers in many cases sometimes had only a few ears or often the ears were not fully formed.

“Many people saw my corn and stated that it was much larger and much better looking than theirs. I would occasionally share an ear with people as a gift but found when I would ask them how it tasted, I was often told that the individual had chosen to not eat it, but had kept it for seed for the following year. Others thought because I was white, that I must have brought the corn seed from another country. However, that is not what I actually did. Instead I went into the local market where grain is sold from one of my vendor friends and I asked for corn seed so that I could plant it.  I will continue to use FFF on my farm and share it with my neighbors and students and any other person who might be interested so that they might also learn the method and praise God for his abundance.”

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Introduction to Community Development
Mon, 14 August 2017 » Fri, 18 August 2017

ECHO Campus, United States

As a development worker or missionary, where do you start? How might you ensure that development efforts will be relevant, realistic, and community-owned? This five-day course will cover the basics of effective community development. Using proven participatory methods, experienced community development workers will introduce attendees to hands-on tools that can better enable change agents and partner communities to survey local assets and needs. Utilizing feedback, participants will practice ...

Aloha Syntropica™ - Regeneration Agroforestry Workshops - Part 1
Sun, 20 August 2017 » Fri, 25 August 2017

Hawi, USA

These workshops will show you how to grow diverse and rich food forests by working with nature’s own strategies for abundance. By combining training in natural succession, species selection, design, implementation, and management together with hands-on experience on an active farm, you will gain new skills and knowledge that will transform the way you understand and practice agriculture. The workshops integrate multiple approaches to make regeneration of lands feasible both ecologically and e...

6th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference
Tue, 3 October 2017 » Fri, 6 October 2017

Holiday Garden Hotel & Resort (www.holidaygardenhotelandresort.com/info@holidaygardenhotelandresort.com), THAILAND

The 6th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference will take place on October 3-6, 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand! Our conference theme "Improving Lives" expresses our desire to partner with you as we train, equip, and grow our network to impact the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their families across Asia. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face...

Strong Harvest Moringa Peer Educator Training Seminars
Fri, 3 November 2017 » Tue, 7 November 2017

ECHO East Africa Impact Center, Tanzania

Many Tanzanian families lack a secure source of nutritious food, do not have access to clean water, and have few streams of family income. The moringa tree provides an easily-implemented, family-level solution that addresses all three of these issues. Our 2-day training seminar will cover the following topics: Community Assessment - identifying assets and challenges Nutrition - basic nutrtion and nutritional properties of moringa (why moringa matters) Moringa cultivation, care, and ...

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2017
Tue, 14 November 2017 » Thu, 16 November 2017

Crowne Plaza Hotel , United States

This year marks the 24th 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...

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