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East Africa Note 9 Now Available! 2023-01-31

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Food from the Wild

Erwin Kinsey

Join the Conversation about Wild Foods

Excerpt:

Traditionally, the Hadzabe, eat these plants uncooked or with minimal processing. Occasionally, wild foods are roasted over open fires, i.e., without pans or skillets but mostly raw with minimum processing. This has changed recently to some extent, depending on preferences within family clusters and their proximity to outside influence, but overall their approach to food preparation and consumption leaves a very light footprint on the earth. They continue to kill only what game they can consume, and are accustomed to sharing all things without hoarding or sense of ownership.

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7th ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technologies
Tue, 21 February 2023 » Thu, 23 February 2023

Arusha, Tanzania

The ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa. 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. Topics are currently being discussed for the event.  This event will enable three days of sharing by presentations, some practical sessions, an approp...

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development - March 2023
Mon, 27 March 2023 » Fri, 31 March 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...

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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
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Subiaco Centre in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

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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...

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