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Upcoming events

ECHO Asia Tropical Agriculture & Development (TAD) Course
Mon, 27 March 2023 » Sat, 1 April 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 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...

REAP / anamed Training Seminar in Natural Medicine
Sun, 16 April 2023 » Sat, 22 April 2023

Subiaco Centre in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

REAP is an organization in Kenya with extensive experience in sustainable agriculture and Natural Medicine.  REAP will run a week-long intensive training seminar in Natural Medicine following the methods and principles of anamed international. Anamed, short for “action for natural medicine” has over 30 years of experience in the scientific use of medicinal plants to treat many common tropical health complaints and diseases. Those attending past seminars have come not only from Kenya but from ...

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...

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

Le jardin en zone tropicale.

47 pp : ill.

Diversity of the Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species of Importance in Benin

A. Dansi, R. Vodouhè, P. Azokpota, H. Yedomonhan, P. Assogba, A. Adjatin, Y. L. Loko, I. Dossou-Aminon, K. Akpagana, "Diversity of the Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species of Importance in Benin", The Scientific World Jo...

Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) for Improved Food Security and Resilience to Climate Change

A Contextualized Learning Manual for African Colleges and Universities

Kasolo, W., Chemining’wa, G., and Temu, A. 2018. Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) for Improved Food Security and Resilience to Climate...

Potential role of neglected and underutilized plant species in improving women’s empowerment and nutrition in areas of sub-Saharan Africa

Maria Vittoria Conti, Ausilia Campanaro, Paola Coccetti, Rachele De Giuseppe, Andrea Galimberti, Massimo Labra, Hellas Cena, Potential role of neglected and underutilized plant species in improving women’s empowerment and nu...

Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization : A Framework for Africa

127 pp : ill. 

[ Gift of Dr Abram Bicksler Jan 24, 2023 ]

The Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization: A Framework for Africa (SAMA) was

developed in response to a request by the African Union (A...

Africa Manifesto and Plan of Action on Forgotten Foods

Food security globally is constrained by several factors including the heavy reliance on very few key staple crops. In Africa, food insecurity has been increasing due to the effects of climate change, insecurity caused by te...

Neglected crops of Africa

Okigbo, R. N. and Ugwu, C. S. (2021). Neglected crops of Africa. International Journal of Agricultural Technology 17(6):2197-2210.

The neglected crops have not been fully realized in their potential. They are well ...

Future Smart Food: Harnessing the potential of neglected and underutilized species for Zero Hunger

Li, X, Siddique, KHM. Future Smart Food: Harnessing the potential of neglected and underutilized species for Zero Hunger. Matern Child Nutr. 2020; 16( S3):e13008. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13008

Achieving Sustain...

Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species: The Key to Improving Dietary Diversity and Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific

Front. Nutr., 19 November 2020, Sec. Nutrition and Sustainable Diets, Volume 7 - 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2020.593711

Asia continues to suffer from a high prevalence of malnutrition. Persistent malnutrit...

Documentation and on farm conservation of neglected and underutilized plant species in Lamjung district, Nepal

Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Lamjung Campus, Nepal, 2021

Neglected and underutilized species (NUS) are proven superfoods, but still many of those species are not mainstreamed in our food system. In ...