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Upcoming events

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development - April 2024
Tue, 2 April 2024 » Fri, 5 April 2024

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 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...

Syntropic Agroforestry - Tropical Agriculture Development II
Tue, 9 April 2024 » Fri, 12 April 2024

ECHO Global Farm, United States

Introduction to Syntropic Agriculture This is an interactive 4-day agroforestry training session.  Learn how to cultivate abundant food and timber in a system that mimics a natural forest.  Syntropic farming is a method inspired by Ernst Götsch. This course will cover the principles and practices needed for a beginner to plant his/her own agroforest.  Basic design and management skills will also be taught.  An attendee can expect to return home with enough knowledge to produce a couple ...

Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)
Sun, 14 April 2024 » Sun, 28 April 2024

Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by Hugo Soto and Scott Gallant of Porvenir Design, for this life-changing 2-week experience. Additional teachers will be announced soon. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. This two-week course will include a specific focus on the topic of Syntropic Farming, an agroforestry methodology developed in Brazil by Ernst Gotsch...

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...

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Managing technology to meet your mission

Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission is a practical resource that will help nonprofit professionals make smart, strategic decisions about technology. The book shows how to effectively manage technology and offers practic...

Food justice

In today's food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than ...

How To: Make a Calabash Bowl from Scratch

How To: Make a Calabash Bowl from Scratch

how to make a bowl out of a calabash — which grows from a tree!

The Present Status of Meat Processing and Preservation in the Pastoral Regions of Kenya

Josphat N. Gichure* Catherine N. Kunyanga Pius M. Mathi Jasper K. Imungi Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053-00625 Kangemi

The meat value chain in pastoral re...

Food Safety in Developing Countries: An Overview

The resource has been put together to help livelihoods advisers and other interested development professionals critically think through the issues highlighted above. Our aim is to engage readers unfamiliar with the subject a...

Cuban Journal of Agricultural Sciences

The Cuban Journal of Agricultural Science is a scientific publication with ISSN 2079-3480, edited by the Institute of Animal Science belonging to the Ministry of Higher Education of the Republic of Cuba. It is open access (C...

Drying dynamics of meat highlighting areas of relevance to dry-aging of beef

Álvarez, S., Álvarez, C., Hamill, R., Mullen, A. M., & O'Neill, E. Drying dynamics of meat highlighting areas of relevance to dry-aging of beef. Compr Rev Food Sci Food Saf. 2021; 20: 5370–5392. https://doi.org/10.1111/1...

A comprehensive review of drying meat products and the associated effects and changes

Front. Nutr., 28 November 2022, Sec. Food Chemistry, Volume 9 - 2022 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2022.1057366

Preserving fresh food, such as meat, is significant in the effort of combating global food scarcity. ...

Resources for Cuba

Biochar Application Rate Calculator

Biochar has been found naturally occurring in soils around the world as a long-term stable component of soil organic matter. Using the most common testing method for measuring organic matter, loss on ignition, biochar is imp...