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EDN Issue 143 - Now Available 2019-04-26

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Learning about and from Local Seed Systems

Dawn Berkelaar


Access to viable seed is critical for successful farming. This is one reason our seed banks in Florida (USA), Thailand, and East Africa offer trial packets of seed to our network members. We have written about how to hold a seed fair, to enable people within a community to share and acquire seeds directly from each other. But what do we know about how seed normally flows throughout a small farming community?

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Upcoming events

ECHO Nigeria Sustainable Agriculture Forum: Jos Networking Forum
Mon, 20 May 2019 » Fri, 24 May 2019

Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) Conference Hall, Nigeria

This ECHO Forum is geared toward enabling networking related to alleviating hunger and poverty by those persons serving Africa's poor. Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts.

Syntropic Farming Course
Sun, 23 June 2019 » Fri, 28 June 2019

Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

Syntropic Farming is a farming revolution grown out of Brazil and made famous by Ernst Gotsch and the Life in Syntropy short documentary. Syntropic Farming seeks to cultivate resilient ecosystems that are abundant, financially viable and heal abused land. It asks us, as stewards of the land to live in harmony with nature. It asks that we learn from nature through imitating natural processes in order to produce food. This results in abundant systems which grow healthy soils, sequester carbon, ...

Konferans Agrikòl, Haiti Agriculture Conference (South) 2019
Mon, 24 June 2019 » Fri, 28 June 2019

HRM Mission, Haiti

We invite you to participate in a conference that would help strengthen connections amongst those working in the agricultural sector in Haiti and spend time learning from one another. The conference will take place June 24-28, 2019 at HRM Mission in La Baleine, South Department, Haiti. This conference is tailored to encourage conference delegates and presenters to connect and learn from each other’s successes and failures. There will be plenary sessions in the morning followed by workshops...

Agroforestry: Designing for Impact
Mon, 15 July 2019 » Fri, 19 July 2019

ECHO Global Research and Demonstration Farm, USA

Agroforestry is the agricultural practice of combining the management of annual crops and/or animals with trees. Agroforestry systems, largely composed of perennial crops, offer the resilience needed to address extreme climatic issues such as drought and torrential rain, along with social and economic factors that influence agricultural production of small-scale farmers.  This five-day course will introduce students to key agroforestry concepts, allow them to see the various agroforestry and ...

Student Organic Seed Symposium
Thu, 22 August 2019 » Sun, 25 August 2019


WHAT IS SOSS? An annual gathering of graduate students, researchers, farmers, and seed industry professionals working in organic seed systems. The major annual event of the Society of Organic Seed Professionals (SOSP), the parent organization that has grown out of the SOSS network. SOSP is fiscally sponsored by Organic Seed Alliance, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Manual on Methods for Monitoring Biodiversity in Panama

The lack of a standardized methodology creates at least two significant problems. The first problem is that the lack of guidance on robust monitoring protocols and survey design leads to the collection of information that ca...

Global Forest Watch

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Recreational Versus Professional GPS: What's the Difference?

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Selecting the right GPS receiver for your job

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Crop Trust


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Protocol for inventory of mapped plots in tropical forest

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Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry

The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is the world's largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security ...

SAFORGEN - The sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources Programme

The sub-Saharan African Forest Genetic Resources (SAFORGEN) Programme covers three broad sub-regions in sub-Saharan Africa: West and Central Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.

SAFORGEN seeks to enable peop...

LAFORGEN - Latin America Forest Genetic Resources Network

The Latin American Forest Genetic Resources Network (LAFORGEN) contributes to developing effective mechanisms for the conservation and sustainable use of Forest Genetic Resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


APFORGEN - Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme

APFORGEN, established in 2003, works to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of tree species and their genetic diversity in Asia and the Pacific.

APFORGEN is the only network in Asia and the Pacific that sp...

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