English (en) | Change Language

ECHOcommunity Updates

EDN #150 Now Available 2021-01-20

In this issue:

Download EDN 150

Perennial Vegetables and Nutrition

Eric Toensmeier


We were pleased to learn that perennial vegetables (PVs) have excellent potential to address nutrient deficiencies. An impressive 154 of the 240 PVs for which we had nutrient data were superabundant (“very high” or “extremely high”) in at least one nutrient, and frequently in more than one. In fact, 23 species (10% of PVs for which we found data) were superabundant in four or more key nutrients needed to address deficiencies! We were especially interested to note that trees with edible leaves were superabundant in more nutrients than any other type of PV.

[ Read the full article ]

About ECHOcommunity

ECHOcommunity is a membership community that provides access to nearly all of ECHO’s resources online, as well as communications tools to help development workers connect with each other.   View a list of ECHOcommunity.org features here.

Read more

Latest Resources

Finding the Technological Sweet Spot: The Smallholder Conservation Agriculture Maize Seeder

Abstract, Journal of Sustainable Development, 2017

The seeder is integral to smallholder agricultural production. This technology seeks to lessen farmer labor requirements, meter seeds accurately, and minimize exce...

National Agricultural Library Digital Collections

Sources of Copyright-free and Creative Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Pexels Creative Commons

Only free images from our community of photographers are added to our photo database. We constantly try to deliver as many high quality free stock photos as possible to the creatives who use our website. We have hundreds of ...

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Picture-Based Agricultural Extension Lessons Developed Using Participatory Testing and Editing with Smallholder Women Farmers in Nepal

Abstract, Sustainability,  2020

Printed pictures are traditional forms of agricultural extension for smallholder farmers. They receive historical academic criticism but remain inexpensive, do not require technical ...

Picture Book of Best Practices for ​Subsistence Farmers​

The books are works in progress and subject to further editing and lesson additions dependent on future funding. We welcome funding sponsors. This initiative is part of the Sustainable Agriculture Kits for Nepal (SAKNepal) p...

Creative Commons Search

There is openly licensed content hosted on millions of domains across the breadth of the internet. Our team systematically identifies providers hosting CC-licensed content. If it’s a good fit, we index that content and make ...

2020 ECHO International Agriculture Conference

This year ECHO held its 27th Annual Conference--but with a twist. Like many events, meetings, and occasions this year, the ECHO conference took place online. This meant the loss of the excellent face-to-face networking that ...

Factors to Consider when Selecting a Pigeon Pea Variety

Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) is a multi-use legume well suited to rainfed agriculture in hot, dry areas. Pigeon pea plants grow into erect (1-4 m tall) shrubs that can live up to five years, though pigeon pea is usually grown ...

Calendar [ more ]