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EDN #145 Now Available 2019-10-22

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Pest Prevention The Foundation of Integrated Pest Management

Stacy Swartz


When the topic of agricultural pest management is mentioned, most people think first about monitoring for pests or intervening to reduce pests: scouting, pest identification, and/or application of pesticides are some specific practices. However, prevention is an often-overlooked key strategy that farmers can use to minimize the likelihood of pest problems. This article will explore the role of prevention in a pest management plan.

Smallholder farmers in the tropics face increasingly overwhelming hurdles. Population growth, a volatile global climate, and the need for long-term productivity make sustainable food production challenging. Integrated pest management is a platform to equip farmers with diverse decision-making skills. When farmers focus on knowledge and preventative measures, they begin to feel in control of their production, and their mindset about pest management changes from reactionary to preparatory.

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Upcoming events

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2019
Tue, 19 November 2019 » Thu, 21 November 2019

Crowne Plaza Hotel , United States

It's nearly time for ECHO's International Agriculture Conference!  Join ECHO in Fort Myers, Florida for our annual three-day conference that will discuss challenges facing small scale farmers and development workers in the tropics. You can learn more about the 2019 ECHO International Agriculture Conference by visiting our event website Interested in presenting a workshop or evening breakout session? Remember to register for the event first, then apply at...

El Potencial de las Plantas Subutilizadas Para Combatir la Malnutrición y la Inseguridad Alimentaria
Wed, 20 November 2019 » Fri, 22 November 2019

Centro Rural Metodista, Costa Rica

SIFAT CENTRO PARA EL DESARROLLO COMUNITARIO, CENTRO RURAL METODISTA Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos, Costa Rica 20-22 de noviembre, 2019 *Salud y nutrición infantil *Demostraciones culinarias *Nuestra herencia alimenticia *Fortificación con polvo de hojas verdes *Cultivo de plantas subutilizadas  *Presentaciones de Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, EE.UU y Costa Rica

Kigali, Rwanda ECHO Symposium
Tue, 26 November 2019 » Thu, 28 November 2019

Hilltop hotel in Kigali-Remera (TENTATIVE), Rwanda

Best practices improving nutrition and sustainable agriculture in highland areas. This ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in highlands of East Africa. Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers would be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Symposium Dates - 26th-28th November, 2019 25th N...

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development- January 2020
Mon, 20 January 2020 » Fri, 24 January 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...

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2019 Conference Program

2019 Conference Program


This collection of resources focuses on topics and organizations to be referenced during the 2019 ECHO International Agriculture Conference.  As presentations are completed each day, we will make pdfs of the slides available...

Moringa Resources

The Moringa tree, known also as the Horseradish Tree, is native to northwestern India. Moringa is widely grown, however, in other parts of the old- and new-world tropics, including tropical Asia, many regions of Africa, Indo...

Integration of kelor (Moringa oleifera) with coffee plantation to fulfill quality forage for livestock in Samosir Island

Abstract, SEMIRATE, 2018

Samosir Island is the location of coffee plantations especially in Pangururan subdistrict. Currently coffee farmers in Samosir are trying to utilize a protective plant for coffee tree that ...

Contribution of Moringa (Moringa stenopetala, Bac.), a Highly Nutritious Vegetable Tree, for Food Security in South Ethiopia: A Review

Abstract, Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 2011

The objective of this study was to review the biology and economic value of Moringa tree, miracle tree of hope and generate technical information for people working...

Design Outreach - LifePump

At Design Outreach, we desire to share the love of God by developing sustainable technologies that help alleviate global poverty. The poor of the world have big dreams—what they lack is access and opportunity. By developing ...

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Home Gardens Manual for an Agriculture Intervention (SPANISH ONLY)

Publication Details Publisher:  Maya Health Alliance

Pearl Millet for Grain

Pearl millet is one of the most drought resistant grains in commercial production. It is able to grow in areas that experience frequent periods of dry weather during either the vegetative or reproductive phases.


Smart Advisory Services for Farmers

There is enormous potential for digitalisation to help achieve food and nutrition security and resilience to climate change, as well as promote engagement of youth and women in agribusiness in Africa. But this potential will...