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New Technical Note: Earthbag Seed Banks 2020-06-29

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Seed storage in the tropics has been a frequent topic of ECHO publications and trainings due to its importance to the smallholder farmer. Access to quality seeds is imperative for agronomic and horticultural crop production. While on-farm seed saving benefits the smallholder farmer, cooperative seed storage through the creation of seed banks bolsters farmers at the community level.

Seed banks provide secure structures for seed storage, while also serving as genetic repositories for important plants in the community. Centralizing the seed saving process also allows for cooperative investment in appropriate technologies and data management. As members of a community learn these management skills, they are empowered to save seeds themselves.

Seed preservation in the tropics is rife with difficulties due to high temperatures and humidity, so investing in worthwhile storage technologies is instrumental in smallholder communities. Of course, the process of establishing a seed bank involves community buy-in, stakeholder cooperation, and resource investment. While the social elements of seed banking are important, thisTechnical Note focuses on earthbag building techniques as a resource-effective means of establishing a seed bank. ECHO has now installed earthbag seed banks at two of its global offices: one in Thailand and one in Florida. This publication will outline the benefits of earthbag seed banks, as well as how to get started with your own project.

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Upcoming events

Small-scale Livestock Management - CANCELLED
Mon, 27 July 2020 » Fri, 31 July 2020

ECHO Global Farm, USA

To safeguard against COVID-19, and the spread of the novel coronavirus, some on-campus ECHO Florida training events have been modified. ·Small-Scale Livestock Workshop, July 27 – 31, 2020 has been cancelled.   Learn about small-scale management of livestock in the tropics during this one week course. ECHO's global farm manages cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, fowl, and rabbits. Learn how to integrate and manage these animals into a tropical farming system.  

ECHO Asia Training in SRI- System of Rice Intensification
Fri, 31 July 2020 » Fri, 31 July 2020

ECHO Asia Impact Center Farm and Seed Bank, Thailand

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development- September 2020
Mon, 14 September 2020 » Fri, 18 September 2020

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 be centered 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...

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2020 - ONLINE
Thu, 19 November 2020 » Thu, 19 November 2020

Online, United States

ECHO Florida is excited to announce that our 2020 Annual International Conference will be fully online and will take place on November 19th, 2020. Stay tuned for more information

Latest Resources

2016 ECHO Asia Coffee Processing Camp

The ECHO Asia Coffee Processing Camp was held from 29 Nov- 1 Dec 2016 at Silaa Farms (www.silaafarms.com), 3 hours outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We loved having participants from over 10 different countries. We ...

Introduction to Coffee Processing and Basic Overview

Introduction to Coffee Processing and Basic Overview

In this opening session, Zach gives an introduction to coffee and the many harvesting and processing methods in practice today. 

 

 

Grading Green Coffee Beans

Grading Green Coffee Beans

A lecture on Grading Green Coffee Beans taken from the ECHO Asia 2016 Coffee Processing Camp.

Speaker: Zachary Price, Q-grader Arabica and Robusta, and Former Senior Technical Advisor for ECHO Asia.

Locat...

Cupping Protocols for Evaluating Green Beans

Cupping Protocols for Evaluating Green Beans

In this session, Zach introduces the basis for evaluation and grading for Arabica green coffees. Additionally he shares the SCAA Grading Standards for physical evaluation of green coffees. 

Coffee Cupping Protocols

Coffee Cupping Protocols

A lecture on Coffee Cupping Protocols taken from the ECHO Asia 2016 Coffee Processing Camp.

Speaker: Zachary Price, Q-grader Arabica and Robusta, and former Senior Technical Advisor for ECHO Asia.

Locatio...

Quality Control During Coffee Processing

Quality Control During Coffee Processing

In this session, Zach discusses the critical quality control operations for coffee quality. These critical quality control points include harvesting/cherry separation, fermentation, and drying. 

Coffee Processing Methods Ep 3

Coffee Processing Methods Ep 3

A lecture on Coffee Processing Methods taken from the ECHO Asia 2016 Coffee Processing Camp.

Speaker: Zachary Price, Q-grader Arabica and Robusta, and Former Senior Technical Advisor for ECHO Asia.

Locati...

Processing Naturals

Processing Naturals

In this session, Zach discusses the natural processing technique and the challenge of caring for the coffee cherries in such a way that you are encouraging optimum flavour without losing the cherry to bacteria or mold. 

Coffee Processing Methods (Naturals)

Coffee Processing Methods (Naturals)

A lecture on Coffee Processing Methods (Naturals) taken from the ECHO Asia 2016 Coffee Processing Camp.

Speaker: Zachary Price, Q-grader Arabica and Robusta, and Former Senior Technical Advisor for ECHO Asia.

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BPN #3 - Assisting Pastoralists

Pastoralism is a livelihood whereby people depend upon herding domesticated livestock. In East Africa, pastoralists depend primarily upon cattle, sheep, donkeys, goats and camels— listed in order of least resilience as one m...