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Parthenium hysterophorus

Parthenium hysterophorus is a noxious weed which invades roadsides, is allergenic for humans, infests pastures and farmland, causing disastrous loss of yield, as reflected in common names such as famine weed. In many areas, ...

Improving soil nutrients by planting Jack Bean

The Mafie family, Kaneli and Happiness, visited ECHO East Africa for the first time in March of 2016 to inquire about the use of slurry from biogas as a fertilizer. When visiting ECHO they were shown around the compound and ...

Moving towards energy self-sufficiency: addressing challenges to biogas technology uptake for improving rural livelihoods

In recent times biogas technology is increasingly important around the world due to the requirements for renewable energy production, the need for recycling and reuse of materials and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. B...

A Focus on Perennial Vegetables

One approach in the pursuit for reducing hunger and poverty is increasing the availability of nutritious foods. Gardens and leafy vegetables offer a solution for those who have limited space, but what about areas prone to dr...

Perennial-Valuable Vegetables

Perennial-Valuable Vegetables

There are perennial vegetables that are quite resilient and also highly nutritious. These vegetables can significantly improve diet, increase the body’s ability to capture the value of foods, and be incorporated into common ...

Banana Passionfruit

The passionfruit family certainly has its surprises. ECHO East Africa has obtained seed from the banana passionfruit: Passiflora tarminiana from Kenya. Originally from the highlands of South America, this fruit is more often...

Sweet Potato Varieties in East Africa

Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are among the seven most produced food crops in the world, surpassed only by wheat, rice, corn, potato, barley, and cassava (Franklin Martin, ECHO Technical Note) Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoe...

Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease in East Africa

With farmers all across East Africa planting maize during the rainy season, the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) disease is something to be aware of. The Disease which is a result of a combination of two viruses: the Mai...

Agforestry Design Tool (TM)

Reviewed by Timothy Watkins

The Permanent Agriculture Resources and Forest Agriculture Research Management Center, led by Craig Elevitch, recently released their Agroforestry Design Tool™ for Beta testing and held a serie...

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