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The ECHO Global Seed Bank will be closed for inventory March 20 - April 3, 2018. Any orders placed during this time will be mailed out the first week of April. Thank you for your patience.

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Member Profile: Mr. Karim Soré 2018-03-06

Mr. Karim Soré works as a facilitator with AZN (Association of Zooram Nongtaaba) in Guié, and lives in the village of Goèma, located in the province of Sanematenga. Karim works with a small group of farmers who do not readily embrace change when it comes to the way in which they have always practiced agriculture. Because of this, Karim decided to demonstrate the Foundations For Farming (FFF) technique in the field that the village had given him. Because he was an outsider, the land that Karim received was viewed as undesirable by the village due to its depleted soil. He knew that a successful application of this new farming technique would make a powerful statement if, in spite of the impoverished soils, he was able to produce a decent crop yield.

The villagers quickly observed that in spite of the limited and unpredictable rains during the rainy season and especially with the additional challenge of trying to grow crops on this undesirable land, Karim’s field appeared to maintain a healthy moisture level even during a 10-day spell without rain. Ironically at harvest time the yield from this poor piece of land shocked everyone because it surpassed the crop yield levels of the entire village. The results spoke for themselves and won over the villagers who are now convinced of the effectiveness of the FFF technique. They approached Karim and requested that he show them how FFF works. To date Karim has trained a total of 110 people in the village.

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Upcoming events

Tue, 3 April 2018 » Thu, 5 April 2018

Golden Key Hotel, King Gray Community, Liberia

ECHO WEST AFRICA in partnership with A E L (Associattion of Evangelical of Liberia) organizes a workshop on sustainable agriculture from 3rd to 5th April 2018. This workshop aims to build the capacity of people fighting hunger, poverty and those who serve the poor in Africa. the workshop will run for 3 days with speakers from ECHO West Africa, Liberia and the West african subregion.

Tropical Agriculture Development 101 (Tailored for University Students)
Mon, 9 April 2018 » Fri, 13 April 2018

ECHO Global Farm, United States

This course will dive into the agricultural systems that are used on small tropical farms. Learn how to utilize perennial crops to your advantage! This course will give hands on experience to those who are interested in kick starting a small tropical farm system. This interactive and practical course will span one week, covering: Agroforestry Underutilized Tropical Crops Fruit Tree Management Nursery Management Propagation Conservation Agriculture Foundations for Farming...

Introduction to Permaculture
Mon, 30 April 2018 » Fri, 4 May 2018

ECHO Global Farm, United States of America

Permaculture or Permanent Agriculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, and resilience of natural ecosystems. This deliberate design is based on the ethics of caring for others and creation while cultivating a fair share for everyone. This course will bring a wholistic perspective on agriculture and development centered around a biblical approach on permaculture. Our goal is for you to understand permaculture as an opt...

Tropical Agriculture Development: The Basics - July 2018
Mon, 23 July 2018 » Fri, 27 July 2018

ECHO Global Farm, United States of America

Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held two 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 needs of small-scale, im...

Best Practices to Improve Nutrition in Dryland Areas Symposium - August 2018
Tue, 7 August 2018 » Thu, 9 August 2018

Naura Springs Hotel - Arusha, Tanzania

Greetings! You are cordially invited to join us for this important symposium jointly organized by World Vision Tanzania, ECHO East Africa, and Amaranth Institute. We hope that you will make time to gather with us at this very important event, a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving dryland areas especially in the East Africa Region.  Highlights This Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in improvi...

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