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Banana stalk silage 2024-04-23

On-farm feeds are an important part of smallholder options for livestock management. Farmers without access to major feed materials like meals, bran, or mineral salts often have to rely on fodder-based nutrients and other on-farm feed options. One on-farm feed that is heavily used on the ECHO Asia and ECHO North America farms is banana stalk silage. Banana stalk silage is a fermented feed that can be used for pigs, ruminents, and even fowl. Fresh sliced or shredded banana stalks are mixed with sugar and coarse salt (at a ratio of 100 kg chopped stalks : 4 kg sugar : 1 kg rock salt) and fermented anaerobically (without oxygen) in a bucket. You can add nutrient-boosting ingredients like high-protein bran or fish meal to the completed product before feeding to livestock if you have access to them.  

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Upcoming events

ECHO Asia Biochar Academy (in partnership with the International Biochar Initiative IBI)
Mon, 6 May 2024 » Fri, 10 May 2024

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

  IBI’s Biochar Academy is an immersive in-person, multi-day, hands-on workforce development course designed to equip emerging and future biochar professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to become effective biochar advocates, educators, and practitioners.    Link to Event Page: https://biochar-international.org/event/ibi-biochar-academy-thailand/   PARTICIPANTS WILL: Hear from biochar experts to gain insight into the current and future state of biochar ...

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
Tue, 20 August 2024 » Thu, 22 August 2024

Linde Hotel in Mponela/Dowa, Malawi

Best Practices in Sustainable Agriculture & 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: We seek qualified speakers and we are contacting you to offer yourself, or to suggest to us others t...

Latest Resources

Resources for Malawi

NeverEndingFood Permaculture Google Drive

Governance, Environment, Agriculture, Nutrition

Malawi farmers learn food diversification to curb hunger

Farmers in rural Malawi are learning to move away from over-dependence on maize, the country’s primary staple crop. A local charity Never Ending Food is teaching farmers about 200 types of food crops they can grow and eat. L...

North America

The mission and purpose of ECHO North America Regional Impact Center (North America RIC) is to equip small-scale farmers, missionaries, and development workers worldwide to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Here at E...

Mobile App Plant Records Tutorial

Learn to create a plant record and keep track of crop information throughout the growing cycle.

Jute Mallow ‘Thai‘

Jute mallow (Corchorus olitorius) is used for fiber but is also an edible annual leafy green. The ‘Thai’ variety is shorter, has more branching, and has more tender, smaller leaves compared to varieties used primarily for fi...

Options for Snail Control

ECHO’s agricultural staff often receive questions about ways to control snails naturally. This article shares some practical, low-resource options for control from OISAT and two ECHO Network Members.

Harvesting and Drying Considerations for Quality Moringa Leaf Powder

The ability to store moringa powder allows people to benefit from moringa during times such as the dry season when moringa trees are less productive.  This article expands on an earlier ECHO publication (Doerr and Cameron, 2...

Book Search for the ECHO Florida Dugger Living Library

The Dick Dugger Living Library on the ECHO North America RIC campus is a collection of books supporting the mission of ECHO.  We encourage those visiting ECHO in Florida to search out helpful information contained in the lib...

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