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ECHO Research Network Beginnings 2024-05-22

ECHO prioritizes research that addresses farmer level-concerns and often times originates from farmers' creativity! We are excited to start a network of research-minded ECHO community members who can both learn from ECHO's research (at varying levels) as well as advise or partake in ECHO's research questions. To help with communication and clarity, ECHO will send out regular Research Newsletter to share research engagement opportunities, options for sharing knowledge, and ECHO research updates. You are invited to join this Research Network if it is of interest to you! Below is one example from the most recent Research Newsletter. 

Safe consumption of chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius): Chaya is a perennial shrub that is an excellent source of nutritious, edible leaves. Much like cassava, however, it contains cyanogenic glycosides that release hydrocyanic acid (HCN) when cooked in water. While these compounds confer protection against herbivory, the plants should be processed before eating. We know that boiling the leaves is effective. One question that has come up quite often in recent months is:

  • Does drying chaya leaves make them safe to eat? What little information there is in the literature suggests that drying is most effective if combined with crushing or grinding. 

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Upcoming events

ECHO Asia Tropical Agriculture & Development (TAD) Course
Mon, 24 June 2024 » Sat, 29 June 2024

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center Chiang Mai, Thailand, Thailand

This 1-week course is designed for development workers, missionaries, and volunteers looking to engage their communities with low-cost, high-impact agricultural ideas and techniques. Participants will be introduced to various agricultural practices and technologies through classroom time and hands-on activities on the farm, learning to 'use what you have to make what you need.' This course is considered an 'introductory survey course' and will present a broad overview of many options suite...

ECHO North America: Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development - July 2024
Mon, 8 July 2024 » Fri, 12 July 2024

ECHO North America, United States

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 focus 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 healt...

การอบรมหลักสูตร การพัฒนาและการทำเกษตรในเขตพื้นที่ร้อนชื้น ECHO Asia Tropical Agriculture & Development Course (TAD) - Thai Language
Mon, 19 August 2024 » Sat, 24 August 2024

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center, Chiang Mai ศูนย์การเรียนรู้และธนาคารเมล็ดพันธุ์ เอคโค่ เอเชีย อำเภอสันทราย จังหวัดเชียงใหม่ , Thailand ประเทศไทย

  หลักสูตรการอบรมนี้ถูกออกแบบขึ้นเพื่อเป็นประโยชน์ต่อ ผู้ที่ทำงานด้านการพัฒนา มิชชั่นนารี และอาสาสมัคร ที่กำลังมองหาแนวทางในการประยุกต์ใช้ทักษะและเทคนิคด้านการทำการเกษตรที่มีประโยชน์และมีต้นทุนต่ำในการทำงานกับชุมชน ผู้เข้าร่วมอบรมจะได้เรียนรู้และฝึกปฏิบัติเทคนิคการทำการเกษตรที่หลากหลายตลอดการอบรม เรียนรู้ที่จะใช้ประโยชน์จากที่มีตัวเองมีอยู่ให้เกิดประโยชน์สูงสุด หลักสูตรนี้เปรียบเสมือนกับ หลักสูตรการเริ่มต้นสำรวจ ซึ่งผู้เข้าร่วมอบรมจะได้เรียนรู้ภาพรวมของหัวข้อและเทคนิคในการทำการเกษตรต่าง...

ECHO East Africa and Canadian Foodgrains Bank Joint Symposium on Best Practices in Sustainable Agriculture & Appropriate Technologies
Tue, 20 August 2024 » Thu, 22 August 2024

Linde Hotel in Mponela/Dowa, Malawi

Greetings!..You are cordially invited to join us in this important meeting for learning and sharing best practices of Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technologies. We will be sharing best practices promoted by different specialists from across the region. It will be an opportunity to network among those working in East and Southern Africa to alleviate poverty, fight against hunger, and improve food security and the overall livelihood of the people we serve. Presenters welcome: W...

ECHO North America: TAD II: Food Forests, Garden Design and Planning
Mon, 16 September 2024 » Fri, 20 September 2024

ECHO North America, United States

This is a five day, hands-on course that will focus on food forests and garden design. By taking this course you will learn how to design and start a food forest in your own backyard. You will also learn practical ways to design a garden using items such as old tires, milk cartons, and swimming pools to be able to start a garden anywhere. Attendees should be able to leave the course with knowledge about how to plan and prepare for a food forest or garden and have the tools and ability to s...

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This 4 part training gives a broad overview and introduction to some basic soil characteristics: phases (solid, liquid, gas), texture, density, structure, reaction (pH), plant-water relationships, organic matter, biology and...