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Upcoming events

ECHO Asia Tropical Agriculture & Development (TAD) Course
Mon, 26 June 2023 » Sat, 1 July 2023

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  This 1-week course is designed for development workers, missionaries, and volunteers looking to engage their communities with low-cost, high-impact agricultural practices and techniques. Participants will be introduced to a wide variety of 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 o...

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development - July 2023
Mon, 10 July 2023 » Fri, 14 July 2023

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...

1st ECHO East Africa Symposium on Appropriate Technology Innovations and Renewable Energy 9 – 11 August, 2023 | Arusha, Tanzania
Wed, 9 August 2023 » Fri, 11 August 2023

Arusha, Tanzania

Greetings! You are invited to join us for the  1st ECHO East Africa Symposium on Appropriate Technology Innovations and Renewable Energy. We hope that you will make time to gather with us at this very important sharing opportunity among professionals and practitioners from the public and private sector especially development NGOs. It will be a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in the East Africa Region. Note: If you or your...

Agroecosystems for Smallholder Resilience
Mon, 11 September 2023 » Fri, 15 September 2023

ECHO Global Farm, USA

What is offered: This course is a deeper dive into sustainable agriculture options for smallholder farmers in the tropics. We will be taking a big-picture view as we look at agroecosystems as a whole. We will then dive deeper into systems function and design as we discuss the following four types of tropical agroecosystems: Conservation Agriculture Sloping Agricultural Land Technology Agroforestry System of Rice Intensification Course participants will get hands-on experie...

ECHO Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference 2023
Mon, 16 October 2023 » Fri, 20 October 2023

Holiday Garden Hotel and Resort and The ECHO Asia Impact Center Farm and Seed Bank, Thailand

How can we help small scale farming initiatives thrive in Asia? We can provide low-cost, innovative options that allow people to grow both their crops and their knowledge, expand their operations, and thrive! Join us October 17-20 for 4-days of networking and opportunities to share ideas, technologies appropriate for small scale farmers, and lots of practical demonstrations at the ECHO Asia Seed Bank & Small Farm Resource Center! In addition to morning plenary speakers, we will cond...

Latest Resources

Controlling Wilt Disease in Pigeon Pea - Video

Access Agriculture Training Video 

Fusarium wilt is a fungal disease that lives in the soil and that spreads through infected seeds. The fungus can survive in the soil for about 3 years. Seed treatment improves ger...

Setting Up An Integrated Farm - Video

Access Agriculture Training Video 

By installing an integrated farm, you can produce something on every inch of land, while reducing waste and buying fewer inputs. Draw a map of your farm and decide where to grow w...

Community Seed Banks - Video

Access Agriculture Training Video 

Because of our seed bank, we have native varieties again. By using indigenous seed our costs have reduced as we can grow and keep our own seed. So, we don’t have to depend on the ...

Retrofitting stoves with forced jets of primary air improves speed, emissions, and efficiency: Evidence from six types of biomass cookstoves

Samuel Bentson, David Evitt, Dean Still, Daniel Lieberman, Nordica MacCarty, Retrofitting stoves with forced jets of primary air improves speed, emissions, and efficiency: Evidence from six types of biomass cookstoves, Energ...

Aprovecho Research Center - Newsletters

An ongoing discussion of clean burning and related issues.  Here is a sampling of what you can find.

Clean Combustion Needs More Than Just HeatMay 25, 2023 - 5:33 pm Electricity: Planning for Net Zero by 2040May ...

Aprovecho Research Center - Videos

Videos about Aprovecho and our work. There are also many videos in the Newsletter section.

Established in 1976, Aprovecho Research Center (ARC), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, assists developing world organizat...

Aprovecho Research Center

Established in 1976, Aprovecho Research Center (ARC), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, assists developing world organizations to establish high quality labs so they can test and improve their wood burning cooking stoves. I...

Bioenergy Tips-for-Trials : procedure recommendations

[Gift of Tom Setchel, May 2023]

Guidelines to assist investigation, experimentation, and production ... 

54 pp : charts


Natural Farming

Guiding strategies for breeding vegetable cultivars

Silva Dias, J. (2014) Guiding strategies for breeding vegetable cultivars. Agricultural Sciences, 5, 9-32. doi: 10.4236/as.2014.51002.

Vegetables are considered essential for well-balanced diets. The production and...