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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 Asia Community Seed Bank Symposium
Mon, 2 September 2024 » Fri, 6 September 2024

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

  Join us as we gather together an inspiring group of current and aspiring managers of Community Seed Banks from across the region. Together we will explore the in's and out's of the diverse Community Seed Bank models in use across ECHO's existing network. Time will be split between classroom time and hands-on activities to gain better understanding of both the theory and practice of operating low-cost, context-appropriate Community Seed Banks. This course is designed for current manag...

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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Current and Emerging Threats to Crops

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National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM)

NASFAM is a farmer-member controlled system. This control starts at Association level. The NASFAM system is organised into a unique extension network to support its membership of around 100,000 smallholder farmers. The small...

Diversity of Sources of Income for Smallholder Farming Communities in Malawi: Importance for Improved Livelihood

Bhatti, M.A.; Godfrey, S.S.; Ip, R.H.L.; Kachiwala, C.; Hovdhaugen, H.; Banda, L.J.; Limuwa, M.; Wynn, P.C.; Ådnøy, T.; Eik, L.O. Diversity of Sources of Income for Smallholder Farming Communities in Malawi: Importance for I...

Agriculture and Food Security - Malawi

To address food insecurity and spur agriculture-led growth, the government of Malawi has developed a National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan, closely linked to its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (C...

PlantVillage - PSU

PlantVillage is a research and development unit of Penn State University that empowers smallholder farmers and seeks to lift them out of poverty using cheap, affordable technology and democratizing the access to knowledge th...

Human Nutrition Resources

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Good nutrition is our first defence against disease and our source of energy to live and be active. Nutritional problems caused by an inadequate diet can be of many sorts, and when they affect a generation o...

Profiling the Smallholder Farmer

Having good sources for understanding the focus of ECHO and its many friends and partners is important.  How many smallholder farmers are there?   What is their impact on the worldwide food supply?   What is that impact on a...

Subnational distribution of average farm size and smallholder contributions to global food production

Leah H Samberg et al 2016 Environ. Res. Lett. 11 124010

Smallholder farming is the most prevalent form of agriculture in the world, supports many of the planet’s most vulnerable populations, and coexists with some ...

The Number, Size, and Distribution of Farms, Smallholder Farms, and Family Farms Worldwide

Sarah K. Lowder, Jakob Skoet, Terri Raney, The Number, Size, and Distribution of Farms, Smallholder Farms, and Family Farms Worldwide, World Development, Volume 87, 2016, Pages 16-29, ISSN 0305-750X, https://doi.org/10.1016/...

Data-Driven Agriculture: The Future of Smallholder Farmer Data Management

More than 500 million smallholder farms worldwide play a significant role in food production and the genetic diversity of the food supply. Until now, it has been difficult to get information to or from smallholder farmers, c...