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EDN Issue 143 - Now Available 2019-04-26

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Learning about and from Local Seed Systems

Dawn Berkelaar


Access to viable seed is critical for successful farming. This is one reason our seed banks in Florida (USA), Thailand, and East Africa offer trial packets of seed to our network members. We have written about how to hold a seed fair, to enable people within a community to share and acquire seeds directly from each other. But what do we know about how seed normally flows throughout a small farming community?

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Upcoming events

ECHO Nigeria Sustainable Agriculture Forum: Jos Networking Forum
Mon, 20 May 2019 » Fri, 24 May 2019

Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) Conference Hall, Nigeria

This ECHO Forum is geared toward enabling networking related to alleviating hunger and poverty by those persons serving Africa's poor. 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.

Syntropic Farming Course
Sun, 23 June 2019 » Fri, 28 June 2019

Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

Syntropic Farming is a farming revolution grown out of Brazil and made famous by Ernst Gotsch and the Life in Syntropy short documentary. Syntropic Farming seeks to cultivate resilient ecosystems that are abundant, financially viable and heal abused land. It asks us, as stewards of the land to live in harmony with nature. It asks that we learn from nature through imitating natural processes in order to produce food. This results in abundant systems which grow healthy soils, sequester carbon, ...

Konferans Agrikòl, Haiti Agriculture Conference (South) 2019
Mon, 24 June 2019 » Fri, 28 June 2019

HRM Mission, Haiti

We invite you to participate in a conference that would help strengthen connections amongst those working in the agricultural sector in Haiti and spend time learning from one another. The conference will take place June 24-28, 2019 at HRM Mission in La Baleine, South Department, Haiti. This conference is tailored to encourage conference delegates and presenters to connect and learn from each other’s successes and failures. There will be plenary sessions in the morning followed by workshops...

Agroforestry: Designing for Impact
Mon, 15 July 2019 » Fri, 19 July 2019

ECHO Global Research and Demonstration Farm, USA

Agroforestry is the agricultural practice of combining the management of annual crops and/or animals with trees. Agroforestry systems, largely composed of perennial crops, offer the resilience needed to address extreme climatic issues such as drought and torrential rain, along with social and economic factors that influence agricultural production of small-scale farmers.  This five-day course will introduce students to key agroforestry concepts, allow them to see the various agroforestry and ...

Student Organic Seed Symposium
Thu, 22 August 2019 » Sun, 25 August 2019


WHAT IS SOSS? An annual gathering of graduate students, researchers, farmers, and seed industry professionals working in organic seed systems. The major annual event of the Society of Organic Seed Professionals (SOSP), the parent organization that has grown out of the SOSS network. SOSP is fiscally sponsored by Organic Seed Alliance, a 501(c)3 organization.

Latest Resources

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Downloadable Teaching Modules

If you cannot make it to the professional development classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, you can still download the materials to use in your classroom. Each course unit includes handouts, resources, vocabulary lis...

Identification of soybean genotypes adaptive to tropical area and suitable for industry

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Soybeans in Indonesia are mostly used for raw material of tempeh industry. This study aims to identify 150 soybean genotypes for their suitability for raw material...

Restoring the Soil - Second edition

Restoring the soil by using these technologies to feed food-insecure people will have a tremendous impact on improving global food security.

Christian Response to World Hunger Cookbook

Recipes from around the world using favorite ingredients of the particular area.

Ben Cunliff Cookbook

Although this cookbook is from a Fort Myers realtor, it contains many great tropical fruit and vegetable recipes.  . 

Precooking processing of bamboo shoots for removal of anti-nutrients

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Bamboo shoots being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in mineral content, like an ideal vegetable have been used traditionally. Besides nut...

The Nutritional Facts of Bamboo Shoots and Their Usage as Important Traditional Foods of Northeast India

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Bamboo shoots are considered as one of the useful health foods because of their rich contents of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fibres, and minerals and ve...

Traditional Methods of Post Harvest Bamboo Treatment for Durability Enhancement

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Bamboos like all lignocellusic biomass are susceptible to biodegradation which reduce its durability. Post harvest preservation o...

Bamboo Preservation

Preservation of bamboo means: • sound management in storage, and in cutting time: cut the bamboo in the season when the starch content is low; • attention to details such as keeping the bamboo dry: • protect the bamboo from ...

i-STED-KFRI Bamboo/Cane Entrepreneurship Development Programme

Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) is a multidisciplinary team of experts conducting research on tropical forests and forestry. This Institute has contributed significantly to research in tropical forestry and biodivers...

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