2018

Presentation Slides

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018 - Presentations

Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization! - Martin Price, PhD

Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization!
In 1981 ECHO International started with two employees and some volunteers on 5 acres we didn’t own. Today our 55-acre campus in Florida (no debt) has expanded into a global network, including Regional Impact Centers serving Latin America & the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, and Asia....

The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico - Pete Noll

The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico
Based on ten years of experience, I will share how Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridges to Community Health) has utilized a participatory approach to engage more than 30 communities in the adoption of amaranth and the promotion of food sovereignty. It is worth noting that the region suffers...

The Answer is in the Room - Dr. Karen Stoufer

The Answer is in the Room
One of our most important roles as we work in rural communities is to train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue. Top down, university-style lectures seldom incite passion in the learner in the same way that learner-centered selfdiscovery can. We...

15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families - Josh Jamison

15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families
Despite the incredible diversity of useful plants that exist, a small handful of crops feed the majority of the world and millions of people still suffer from malnutrition and poverty. This talk will discuss some often overlooked crops that have the potential to alleviate suffering through...

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation - Alexandra Spieldoch

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation
While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and created growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of the produced food in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand—resulting in low yields and poor quality products with limited market potential. Women farmers are...

Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development - Dr. Joel Matthews

Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development
Human perception of reality is mediated through assumptions, beliefs, and mental habits, most of which are products of our culture. Typically, this does not present a problem until we find ourselves trying to function in an unfamiliar environment. Thus, Northern facilitators trying to function in...

Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies - Dr. Ben Dube

Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies
This session aims at discussing simple and yet effective agronomic practices for most vegetable crops that discourage the buildup of plant - parasitic nematodes and other soil borne pathogens in the soil. These agronomic practices range from timely watering or irrigation of crops, use of...

Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development - Mike Mueller

Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development
To empower persons working among rural farmers and gardeners in developing nations. One limiting factor is the availability of affordable quality seed of varieties well suited to the climate and culture. Seed2Save is Mike’s approach to make selections of open-pollinated varieties within target...

When Helping Heals - Bev Abma

When Helping Heals
In a world that looks for instant results, how do development workers guide communities to enduring positive transformation? Values and interventions that have helped many, often in remote and challenging contexts, to contribute to long-term sustainable change will be shared. Bev Abma Bev...

Agricultural extension demonstration farm: A case study - Grace Baldwin & Alan Baldwin

Agricultural extension demonstration farm: A case study
This workshop will include utilizing results from project work conducted over the past year that will illustrate the importance of the Partnership Development Process, Comparison of a Traditional Needs Assessment model that was utilized years earlier from another agency’s work versus an Asset...

Creation care consultation: Equipping missionaries to care for the environment - Brittany Ederer

Creation care consultation: Equipping missionaries to care for the environment
The Cape Town Commitment says, "Creation care is a Gospel issue under the Lordship of Jesus Christ." Many missionaries experience firsthand the environmental degradation that makes Christian development work challenging, but don't have conservationists or scientists on staff to meaningfully...

Parasitic plants in African agriculture—A growing problem - Dr Lytton John Musselman

Parasitic plants in African agriculture—A growing problem
Mistletoes (parasitic shrubs from diverse families), dodders (species of Cuscuta); and witchweeds and their relatives, Striga, Alectra, and Rhamphicarpa species are major constraints on African crops especially in grain and legume production. They are highly specialized weeds so understanding...

Farmer resilience and innovation through community-based Fall Armyworm Control - Dr. Austen Moore & Avelardo Rivera

Farmer resilience and innovation through community-based Fall Armyworm Control
The Fall Armyworm pest on the Africa continent has dire consequences for food security, especially in countries with heavy reliance on single staple crops susceptible to its effects. In Malawi, where 60% of calories come from maize, Fall Armyworm is devastating. While externally-driven and...

Farming pastured poultry in a developing market - Nick Stolberg

Farming pastured poultry in a developing market
Sustainable and regenerative farming make sense, but how can it be applied in developing markets? Nick will be discussing the business approach he has brought to farming and how to make the farm successful in the long term. New Roots Haiti farms pastured poultry, pastured pork, and grass fed...

Grow a Micro-Forest Nutrition Garden - David Kennedy

Grow a Micro-Forest Nutrition Garden
Grow a small poly-culture garden that addresses both nutritional and ecological shortcomings of our food systems. Focusing on some of the most nutritious of the more than 1000 species of plants with edible leaves can maximize the value of the garden to improve your family’s health. Supporting a...

Water capture in soil through hydrology design in Honduras' dry corridor: A case study in El Salto farm in San Matias, El Paraiso - Erlin Escoto Valladares

Water capture in soil through hydrology design in Honduras' dry corridor: A case study in El Salto farm in San Matias, El Paraiso
Many farmers in Honduras' dry corridor have been leaving their farms and migrating to cities due to droughts. Hydrologic design allows improves biological, chemical, and physical conditions in the soil, and increases resilience in farms to climate variability. Erlin Escoto Valladares Erlin...

AgriFaith associations : A theological approach to agricultural development - Matthew Vonherbulis

AgriFaith associations : A theological approach to agricultural development
The Church is uniquely equipped to bring about real social transformation, but are we using development models that ignore that fact? Matthew Vonherbulis Matthew Vonherbulis lives in Rwanda with his wife and 2 children, where he has been developing Sowers of Hope AgriFaith Association among...

Helping Small-Scale Farmers Break the Poverty Cycle - Timothy Albright

Helping Small-Scale Farmers Break the Poverty Cycle
This talk will focus on some of the challenges that small-scale farmers face when trying to implement change and how we, as facilitators, can identify and invest in agents of transformation while we accompany them on their journey from poverty towards resilience. Timothy Albright, ECHO...

Grinding peanuts and millet processing equipment - Richard Fulmer

Grinding peanuts and millet processing equipment
CTI very brief history and video presentation of equipment for small farmer post-harvest processing by grinding dry solids to flour, harvest and processing groundnuts and recovery of clean seed from harvested dry millet. Richard Fulmer Background in chemistry, biochemistry and food...

Getting the word out about agroforestry: A case study on knowledge transfer in western Kenya - Claire Morgan

Getting the word out about agroforestry: A case study on knowledge transfer in western Kenya
How do we move from knowledge to practice? Theories from sociology point to the importance of strong relational ties for transferring information. This presentation provides a case study on the relationship between the World Agroforestry Center and Vi Agroforestry in western Kenya. Based on...

Raising third culture kids - Ellen Hargrave

Raising third culture kids
This workshop will be a time to think through and talk about educating and raising the most important resource that God has given us, our children, in a culture other than the one that their parents have come from.  What are some of the challenges? What is best for each child? Although each...

The biochar-urine connection - Sanitation, nutrient recovery, and carbon sink - Dr. Barry Gutwein

The biochar-urine connection - Sanitation, nutrient recovery, and carbon sink
The presentation will provide an overview of biochar production and urine diversion technologies. Particular attention will be given to recent developments and related issues. Following the overview the discussion will focus on the potential urine-related uses of biochar. Dr. Barry...

Homemade microbial products for plant and soil health: FFA and IMO - Stacy Swartz and Dani Hurlbutt

Homemade microbial products for plant and soil health: FFA and IMO
This hands-on workshop will include making and applying two natural farming products. First, we will make a small batch of indigenous microorganism (IMO) parent culture and show what it looks like to step it up to a liquid. Then we will apply IMO liquid to treat the deep litter pig system....

Developing an agroforestry plan for Kilimo Timilifu on Tanzania's southern coast - Tim Watkins & Joel Wildasin

Developing an agroforestry plan for Kilimo Timilifu on Tanzania's southern coast
In August 2017, Tim Watkins traveled to Mchinga, Tanzania to assist Kilimo Timilifu (KT) in the process of  developing a plan for integrating agroforestry practices into KT's farm plans. He worked closely with Joel Wildasin, who was serving as the KT farm manager at the time. Tim will begin by...

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ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018 - Videos

Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization!

Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization!
In 1981 ECHO International started with two employees and some volunteers on 5 acres we didn’t own. Today our 55-acre campus in Florida (no debt) has expanded into a global network, including Regional Impact Centers serving Latin America & the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, and Asia....

The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico

The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico
Based on ten years of experience, I will share how Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridges to Community Health) has utilized a participatory approach to engage more than 30 communities in the adoption of amaranth and the promotion of food sovereignty. It is worth noting that the region suffers...

The Answer is in the Room

The Answer is in the Room
One of our most important roles as we work in rural communities is to train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue. Top down, university-style lectures seldom incite passion in the learner in the same way that learner-centered selfdiscovery can. We...

15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families

15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families
Despite the incredible diversity of useful plants that exist, a small handful of crops feed the majority of the world and millions of people still suffer from malnutrition and poverty. This talk will discuss some often overlooked crops that have the potential to alleviate suffering through...

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation
While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and created growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of the produced food in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand—resulting in low yields and poor quality products with limited market potential. Women farmers are...

Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development

Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development
Human perception of reality is mediated through assumptions, beliefs, and mental habits, most of which are products of our culture. Typically, this does not present a problem until we find ourselves trying to function in an unfamiliar environment. Thus, Northern facilitators trying to function in...

Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies

Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies
This session aims at discussing simple and yet effective agronomic practices for most vegetable crops that discourage the buildup of plant - parasitic nematodes and other soil borne pathogens in the soil. These agronomic practices range from timely watering or irrigation of crops, use of...

Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development

Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development
To empower persons working among rural farmers and gardeners in developing nations. One limiting factor is the availability of affordable quality seed of varieties well suited to the climate and culture. Seed2Save is Mike’s approach to make selections of open-pollinated varieties within target...

When Helping Heals

When Helping Heals
In a world that looks for instant results, how do development workers guide communities to enduring positive transformation? Values and interventions that have helped many, often in remote and challenging contexts, to contribute to long-term sustainable change will be shared. Bev Abma Bev...

2017

Presentation Slides

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2017 - Presentations

An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions - Putso Nyathi

An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions
The presentation will be based on findings of an ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Christian Care’s Conservation Agriculture (CA) programming which started in 2006 and ended in 2014 in five districts of Zimbabwe with funding from the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank...

Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings - Dr. Jonathan Crane

Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings
Topics to be presented include, matching the tropical and subtropical fruit crops to local environmental conditions as well as plant space and size management and low-input cultural practices for small holdings (nutrient, water, and pruning). Simple tactics for potential off-season cropping will...

Post-conflict agriculture - Dr. Joshua Ringer

Post-conflict agriculture
As development practitioners, researchers, and changemakers we are confronted by situations in which armed conflict has torn apart the physical and social structures of societies. Smallholder farmers are deeply impacted and often take part in these conflicts. Rebuilding small holder agriculture...

Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want - Dan Gudahl

Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want
Growing, harvesting, preserving and marketing food that benefits from chilling or freezing is no easy process. Middlemen, lack of education, poor technology transfer, difficult or non-existent agriculture credit, unclear market linkages, tradition, volume and production inconsistencies, lack of...

A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model - Dr. Valentin Abe

A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model
This plenary presentation will discuss how developing countries (especially Haiti) can be competitive in aquaculture production and protect their environment. Even though world food fish aquaculture rose to over 70 million tons in 2015, developing countries contributed less than 8% in volume and...

Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs - Kathy Corson Bryson

Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs
For too long agriculture and nutrition have been separate sectors of development. Producing more food does not insure less child malnutrition in farm families. What are some practical high-impact actions that every family can do to have children who can survive and thrive? How can a development...

Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania - Rachel Bezner Kerr, Ph.D

Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania
Agroecology is a holistic approach to farming which takes into account social, environmental, and health concerns of food production. A long-term participatory research project with smallholder farmers in Malawi and Tanzania using agroecology will be discussed. In this research project, farmers...

Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water - Dr. Stephanie Butler Velegol

Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water
Traditional water treatment using moringa seeds only removes 90 – 99% of pathogens while allowing fouling of the water over time.  Over the past seven years Dr. Velegol’s research group has created an innovative and sustainable process that solves these two problems.  When crushed seeds are added...

Dialogue education and farmers - Dr. Tom Post

Dialogue education and farmers
In this session we will explore how seven steps of learning design, “4 A’s” for designing learning activities, and taking account of cognitive domains and learning styles can energize the farmer-teacher interaction.  The ideas we will use in this session are based on the teachings of Jane Vella...

Access to electricity as the path to empowering individuals and uplifing rural communitities in the developing world - Richard Hallas

Access to electricity as the path to empowering individuals and uplifing rural communitities in the developing world
Access to power and building local knowledge in rural Africa is enhancing education, agriculture, and economic growth. Examining the most efficient and affordable use of electricity and best practices through the lens of three case studies: 1) Implementing solar at a small village school project...

Environmental restoration and peace building - Birori Dieudonne

Environmental restoration and peace building
We will describe how a Biblical basis for work and care of creation integrates people in society and reconciles communities.

The Chaya Project in Zimbabwe - Margaret Tagwira

The Chaya Project in Zimbabwe
Margaret Tagwira will share about the successful promotion of chaya in Zimbabwe

Urban homegardens: A case study in Fort Myers, FL - Marcie Dallmann

Urban homegardens: A case study in Fort Myers, FL
This session is based on the speaker's research into homegardens in two low-income areas of Fort Myers, FL. A summary of relevant scientific literature will be presented, followed by the research results. These results include a list of plant species, and descriptions of homegarden structure,...

Sustainable intensification of smallholder systems in northwest Cambodia - Dr. Tom Gill

Sustainable intensification of smallholder systems in northwest Cambodia
Sustainable intensification of Cambodian rice systems through the integration of horticulture and livestock production shows promise by increasing the opportunity for smallholders to access new markets, increase incomes, and improve dietary diversity.  

Building agricultural extension capacity in post-conflict settings - Dr. Austen Moore

Building agricultural extension capacity in post-conflict settings
Agricultural extension plays a fundamental role in advancing agricultural development in post-conflict countries. Dr. Moore will elaborate the impacts of different extension policy approaches and practices in post-conflict settings and identify the key elements needed to rebuild agricultural...

Servant leadership in organic farming - Acivo Rhakho

Servant leadership in organic farming
The Asian Rural Institute teaches servant leadership on an organic farm. Hear from a graduate how that impacted her work in Cambodia and Northeast India.  Learn how you could get involved as a volunteer, intern or participant at ARI.

Africa University small farm resource center - Fanuel Tagwira

Africa University small farm resource center

Options for sustainable production after deforestation of tropical rainforests - Dwight Carter

Options for sustainable production after deforestation of tropical rainforests

A brief history of rambutan in Central America - Dwight Carter

A brief history of rambutan in Central America

Context: Its impact on implementation of agriculture and servant leadership - Bev Abma

Context: Its impact on implementation of agriculture and servant leadership

Climate change and food security. What are the risks and how can we prepare? - Dr. Janet Lewis

Climate change and food security. What are the risks and how can we prepare?

Practical lessons about managing a non-profit organization - Dr. Martin Price

Practical lessons about managing a non-profit organization

Conservation Agriculture - Putso Nyathi, Pugeni Vurayayi, and ECHO Staff

Conservation Agriculture

ECHOcommunity.org - Nate Flood

An agricultural extension demonstration farm template & community development project - Grace Baldwin and Alan Baldwin

An agricultural extension demonstration farm template & community development project

Videos

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2017 - Videos

An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions

An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions
The presentation will be based on findings of an ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Christian Care’s Conservation Agriculture (CA) programming which started in 2006 and ended in 2014 in five districts of Zimbabwe with funding from the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank...

Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings

Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings
Topics to be presented include, matching the tropical and subtropical fruit crops to local environmental conditions as well as plant space and size management and low-input cultural practices for small holdings (nutrient, water, and pruning). Simple tactics for potential off-season cropping will...

Post-conflict agriculture

Post-conflict agriculture
As development practitioners, researchers, and changemakers we are confronted by situations in which armed conflict has torn apart the physical and social structures of societies. Smallholder farmers are deeply impacted and often take part in these conflicts. Rebuilding small holder agriculture...

Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want

Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want
Growing, harvesting, preserving and marketing food that benefits from chilling or freezing is no easy process. Middlemen, lack of education, poor technology transfer, difficult or non-existent agriculture credit, unclear market linkages, tradition, volume and production inconsistencies, lack of...

A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model

A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model
This plenary presentation will discuss how developing countries (especially Haiti) can be competitive in aquaculture production and protect their environment. Even though world food fish aquaculture rose to over 70 million tons in 2015, developing countries contributed less than 8% in volume and...

Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs

Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs
For too long agriculture and nutrition have been separate sectors of development. Producing more food does not insure less child malnutrition in farm families. What are some practical high-impact actions that every family can do to have children who can survive and thrive? How can a development...

Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania

Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania
Agroecology is a holistic approach to farming which takes into account social, environmental, and health concerns of food production. A long-term participatory research project with smallholder farmers in Malawi and Tanzania using agroecology will be discussed. In this research project, farmers...

Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water

Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water
Traditional water treatment using moringa seeds only removes 90 – 99% of pathogens while allowing fouling of the water over time.  Over the past seven years Dr. Velegol’s research group has created an innovative and sustainable process that solves these two problems.  When crushed seeds are added...

Dialogue education and farmers

Dialogue education and farmers
In this session we will explore how seven steps of learning design, “4 A’s” for designing learning activities, and taking account of cognitive domains and learning styles can energize the farmer-teacher interaction.  The ideas we will use in this session are based on the teachings of Jane Vella...

2016

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ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016 - Presentations

EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Tall)

EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Tall)

EIAC 2016- Group Photo (Wide)

EIAC 2016- Group Photo (Wide)

EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Square)

EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Square)

Creation care through agricultural development - Scott Sabin

Creation care through agricultural development
Creation care is a unique way to better understand God and participate in his redemptive work in the world. Furthermore, while care of the environment may seem a secondary priority, those we seek to serve are particularly vulnerable to its degradation. Presenter: Since 1995, Scott Sabin has...

How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers - Dr. David Ross

How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers
This presentation explores the benefits of linguistic and cultural sensitivity to increase the effectiveness and acceptability of agricultural development projects. Two examples of well-intentioned development projects, which failed for lack of cultural understanding, are cited – one a...

Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils - Dr. Tim Motis

Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils
Through generous support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ECHO completed a five-year (2010-2015) research project in Limpopo Province of South Africa. The central question addressed was “How can smallscale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to produce food with limited resources for...

The value of sustainable tourism as a complement to agriculture activities in rural community development - Colin Richard

The value of sustainable tourism as a complement to agriculture activities in rural community development
This presentation will examine the value of sustainable tourism as a complement to agriculture activities in rural community development settings. The United World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) identifies tourism as “one of the strongest drivers of world trade and prosperity,” and the majority of...

Silvopastoral systems in Brazil - Felipe Pinheiro

Silvopastoral systems in Brazil
This presentation will focus on the potential use of silvopastoral systems (SPS) in Brazil to fight the increasing of land degradation and will describe the specific characteristics of SPS in the different ecological regions of the country. We will also consider management aspects, ecosystems...

Upland maize production systems: Strategies for sustainability - Dr. Josh Ringer

Upland maize production systems: Strategies for sustainability
Market forces in Southeast Asia have encouraged the proliferation of Hybrid Maize (Corn) production systems among marginalized smallholder farmers throughout upland areas. This presentation will describe that system and how the system can become more efficient in order to increase financial...

Evaluation: How can we help farmers do better? - Bob Morikawa

Evaluation: How can we help farmers do better?
Knowing how farm communities are doing, and how a community development project is impacting farm families is critical to community and project success. This workshop will discuss evaluation strategies and share practical lessons learned on conducting effective evaluations.

Designing polyculture and companion plantings for tropics and drylands - Daniel Halsey

Designing polyculture and companion plantings for tropics and drylands
Understanding the dynamics of ecological design and agricultural practices connect at the point of design. Travel with us through our design process to create an ecologically balanced and appropriate diagram to implement, whether on small acreage or vast hectares of land. Learn the steps and...

DO NOT PUBLISH Greenhouse and aquaponics projects – design & development in a developing world setting - Rex Barber

DO NOT PUBLISH Greenhouse and aquaponics projects – design & development in a developing world setting
Rex will be sharing two case studies related to greenhouse construction for the benefit of smallholder farmers. One concerns a large greenhouse kit that was designed and built in a closed country using earth-bags for the wall system. The second is a greenhouse and aquaponics training facility in...

Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry - Dr. P.K. Nair

Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry
Resilience refers to the capacity for ecological systems to persist and absorb changes. Climate-change resilience encompasses a dual function, to absorb shock as well as to self-renew to cope with new circumstances. Agroforestry offers both mitigation and adaptation strategies for enhancing...

Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services

Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services
The objective for MEAS is to define and disseminate good practice strategies and approaches to establishing efficient, effective and financially sustainable rural extension and advisory service systems in selected countries. Our goal is to help transform and modernize these extension systems, so...

Culturing beneficial microbiology for farming - Stacy Reader

Culturing beneficial microbiology for farming
The goals of this presentation are to exhibit how microorganisms and microbiology benefit ecosystem health and explore in what ways farmers can use microorganisms and microbiology to increase the long-term health of soil, crops, or animals.  The use of microbiology for soil restoration by...

The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers - Dr. Ann Wilkie

The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers
Anaerobic digestion, or biodigestion, involves the microbial degradation of organic materials in an oxygen-free environment. Feedstocks for anaerobic digestion include livestock manures, crop residues, culled fruit and vegetables, food waste, and other organic by-products. The process produces...

Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach - Dr. Roy Beckford

Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach
Dr. Roy Beckford presented findings from a research project that investigated an intervention strategy. The first goal was to determine the practicability of rebuilding soil horizons on eroded parent soils using blends of biochar and compost to create anthroposols, through a process called...

Financial literacy for development workers - Tina Ugland

Financial literacy for development workers
This is an introduction to basic bookkeeping and accounting concepts. It will be presented in an easily understandable way that is meant to demystify accounting terms and concepts. The objective is to provide a level of understanding that will create a foundation for the accounting work that you...

Green manure/cover crops - Dr. Tim Motis

Green manure/cover crops
Dr. Motis presented an overview of the use of tropical legumes as green manure/cover crops. Drawing on findings from ECHO research, this talk will cover 1) benefits of legumes, 2) basic characteristics and growth requirements of some commonly grown legumes, and 3) ways to integrate these into...

Pure water does grow on trees! - Rick Kemmer

Pure water does grow on trees!
Are you curious about how moringa seeds can remove 90-99% of the impurities from dirty water? Come and see it in action! While we are thrilled with what moringa seeds can do on their own, we are working to develop an even better process utilizing functionalized sand (a combination of crushed...

Water-harvesting principles & the story of an African rain farmer: Design guidelines for regenerative water and fertility management - Brad Lancaster

Water-harvesting principles & the story of an African rain farmer: Design guidelines for regenerative water and fertility management
“You must plant the rain before you plant a seed or tree!” proclaimed rain farmer Mr. Zephaniah Phiri Maseko of Zimbabwe. By doing just that, he and his family turned a wasteland into an oasis, raised groundwater and well levels even in dry years, reduced flooding in wet years, and enhanced the...

Videos

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016 - Videos

The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers

The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers
Anaerobic digestion, or biodigestion, involves the microbial degradation of organic materials in an oxygen-free environment. Feedstocks for anaerobic digestion include livestock manures, crop residues, culled fruit and vegetables, food waste, and other organic by-products. The process produces...

Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach

Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach
Dr. Roy Beckford presented findings from a research project that investigated an intervention strategy. The first goal was to determine the practicability of rebuilding soil horizons on eroded parent soils using blends of biochar and compost to create anthroposols, through a process called...

Creation care through agricultural development

Creation care through agricultural development
Creation care is a unique way to better understand God and participate in his redemptive work in the world. Furthermore, while care of the environment may seem a secondary priority, those we seek to serve are particularly vulnerable to its degradation. Presenter: Since 1995, Scott Sabin has...

How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers

How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers
This presentation explores the benefits of linguistic and cultural sensitivity to increase the effectiveness and acceptability of agricultural development projects. Two examples of well-intentioned development projects, which failed for lack of cultural understanding, are cited – one a...

Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry

Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry
Resilience refers to the capacity for ecological systems to persist and absorb changes. Climate-change resilience encompasses a dual function, to absorb shock as well as to self-renew to cope with new circumstances. Agroforestry offers both mitigation and adaptation strategies for enhancing...

Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils

Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils
Through generous support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ECHO completed a five-year (2010-2015) research project in Limpopo Province of South Africa. The central question addressed was “How can smallscale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to produce food with limited resources for...

Wild fruits in Central Asia: Local use by farmers and international interest in the application of natural diversity in addressing agricultural problems of disease and weather

Wild fruits in Central Asia: Local use by farmers and international interest in the application of natural diversity in addressing agricultural problems of disease and weather
The Tian Shan mountains that straddle Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan on the west and China’s Xinjiang Province on the east are home to the Earth’s greatest collection of wild fruits of the rose family. Apples, pears, plums, apricots, and others are found in wild groves and forests and...

Water-Harvesting Principles & the Story of an African Rain Farmer - Design Guidelines for Regenerative Water and Fertility Management

Water-Harvesting Principles & the Story of an African Rain Farmer - Design Guidelines for Regenerative Water and Fertility Management
“You must plant the rain before you plant a seed or tree!” proclaimed rain farmer Mr. Zephaniah Phiri Maseko of Zimbabwe. By doing just that, he and his family turned a wasteland into an oasis, raised groundwater and well levels even in dry years, reduced flooding in wet years, and enhanced the...