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Upcoming events

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development - April 2024
Tue, 2 April 2024 » Fri, 5 April 2024

ECHO Global Farm, USA

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...

Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)
Sun, 14 April 2024 » Sun, 28 April 2024

Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by Hugo Soto and Scott Gallant of Porvenir Design, for this life-changing 2-week experience. Additional teachers will be announced soon. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. This two-week course will include a specific focus on the topic of Syntropic Farming, an agroforestry methodology developed in Brazil by Ernst Gotsch...

ECHO Asia Biochar Academy (in partnership with the International Biochar Initiative IBI)
Mon, 6 May 2024 » Fri, 10 May 2024

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

  IBI’s Biochar Academy is an immersive in-person, multi-day, hands-on workforce development course designed to equip emerging and future biochar professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to become effective biochar advocates, educators, and practitioners.    Link to Event Page: https://biochar-international.org/event/ibi-biochar-academy-thailand/   PARTICIPANTS WILL: Hear from biochar experts to gain insight into the current and future state of biochar ...

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...

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...

Latest Resources

North America

The mission and purpose of ECHO North America Regional Impact Center (North America RIC) is to equip small-scale farmers, missionaries, and development workers worldwide to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Here at E...

Economics of Tropical Agriculture

Small-scale farming is a surprisingly complex enterprise with multiple areas of risk that also present opportunities for impact.

--  David Erickson, former President/CEO, ECHO

"Small farmers produce much ...

Finance Issues Impacting Smallholders

Farm Business Planning Tools and Ideas

Farm Business Planning Tools and Ideas

IFAD - Market Access and Value Chains

Every community, no matter how neglected or remote, has one tremendous resource: its people

Three quarters of the poorest people in the world live in the rural areas of developing countries. Most of them depend on agricul...

Marketing of Agricultural produce

Marketing of Agricultural produce

Marketing is the heart of every business!

Until a sale is made, all we are doing is spending money!

Operations thrive or die based on what they get from marketing.

In Nigeria, marketing channel ...

Frijol y chicharo

En este siglo, en el que la poblacio'n mundial aumenta di'a con dia, la produccio'n de alimentos ha pasado a ser un problema critico.  Las plantas son los u'nicos seres vivos capaces de captar la energia solar, a trave's del...

Composting Toilets

Natural Medicine

SAWBO - Storing Fruits and Vegetables Using a Clay Potcooler to Reduce Spoilage and Prevent Post-Harvest Loss

SAWBO - Storing Fruits and Vegetables Using a Clay Potcooler to Reduce Spoilage and Prevent Post-Harvest Loss

In this video, you will learn how to build, fill, and maintain a clay pot evaporative cooler.

Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) is a university based program. SAWBO transforms extension information on r...