2018

Symposium on Improving Nutrition in Dryland Areas 2018 Presentations

The Amaranth Institute, ECHO East Africa, and World Vision Tanzania jointly organized this symposium with a great anticipation of the molding together of the topics discussed, as well as the networking which significantly impacts our future work together. A wide array of speakers with different objectives, approaches and skills were called together, whose converging mission has surprising uniformity:

  •  to improve nutrition of people living particularly in drylands
  •  to engage smallholder farmers more effectively to adapt their dryland farming systems so as to reduce malnutrition, poverty and physical hardship to respond to climate change and declining yields in Africa with sustainable options which regenerate soils and water catchments, recycle resources and mitigate the effect of weather extremes
  •  to combine a wide range of approaches holistically to enhance resilience of the vulnerable and to care for the earth
  •  to promote continued learning and sharing through networks

Symposium on Improving Nutrition in Dryland Areas

Symposium on Improving Nutrition in Dryland Areas
The Amaranth Institute, ECHO East Africa, and World Vision Tanzania, welcome you to Arusha, Tanzania for this jointly organized symposium. With a great anticipation we hope that the molding together of the topics discussed, as well as the networking which will occur this week will significantly...

The role of Amaranth in reducing malnutrition - John Kabuge

The role of Amaranth in reducing malnutrition
Session: Africa has the capacity to feed its children affordably and cost effectively if its vast resources are well harnessed and developed bringing and end to the continents constant food shortages and the shameful food handouts from other continents which do not enjoy the same kind of...

PANEL: Multisectoral involvement in nutrition with particular focus on the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs) - Dr Irene W. Mbugua

PANEL: Multisectoral involvement in nutrition with particular focus on the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Session: The panel will speak to the need for multi stakeholder engagement in an endeavour to reduce malnutrition. In particular, we will look at nutrition from the perspective of SDGs. The team will add a special note on government efforts to reduce malnutrition in Tanzania with particular focus...

Long-term results of Amaranth Promotion in East Africa with W. Kenya Case Study - Thomas Post

Long-term results of Amaranth Promotion in East Africa with W. Kenya Case Study
Session: World Renew began promoting amaranth as a drought resistant, nutritious crop in 1999. It has been adopted by farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, but has found highest adoption in Western Kenya. There it has had both a nutritional and commercial impact. Presenter : Thomas Post is an...

The importance of traditional vegetables in drylands - Thomas Dubois

The importance of traditional vegetables in drylands
Session: The session will first provide an overview of WorldVeg’s efforts in using traditional African vegetables in the region, based on its collection in Arusha, Tanzania, the largest in Africa. The overview will single out amaranth as well as traditional vegetables useful in drylands. Second,...

Conservation Agriculture: Improving soil health and human nutrition in uncertain environments - Neil Rowe Miller

Conservation Agriculture: Improving soil health and human nutrition in uncertain environments
Session: Climate uncertainty and environmental degradation cause deterioration in nutritional status of rural farm families throughout the tropics. Conservation Agriculture methods allow farmers to adapt to these challenges by building soil quality, lowering the risks of uncertain rainfall, and...

Production of Amaranth – a case study of Zimbabwe - Lillian Machivenyika

Production of Amaranth – a case study of Zimbabwe
Session: CADS and its partners have adopted approaches such as Demonstration Platform for Agricultural Research and Technology and mainstreaming nutrition for amaranth production. To date, CADS expanded amaranth production to a total of 13 districts. Promotional activities such as product fairs,...

Agricultural Processing Technologies - Stephano Yahanes Leyan

Agricultural Processing Technologies
Session: He will present on the status of the small food processing sector in rural of Tanzania, a case of Arusha Region, and the role of SIDO in establishment and growth of small food processing units. He will describe challenges faced in rural areas and some available players in the...

Appreciative Inquiry for successful drylands development /from reliance to resilience - Dr. Serone Ole Sena Sarone

Appreciative Inquiry for successful drylands development /from reliance to resilience
Session: A best practice to improve nutrition in drylands is to focus on what is working, what is right, what gifts, methods and resources exist that have in the past worked in favor of good nutrition for humans and also for livestock in these dry areas. Focusing on people’s assets instead of...

Nutrition-based advocacy for children under 5 years - Esther Mongi

Nutrition-based advocacy for children under 5 years
Session: The session will focus on how Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) approach will improve nutrition and health system strengthening at the community level. Biographical information: Esther Mongi has Masters degree in Business Administration, currently working as a Gender and Advocacy Manager...

Harnessing local resources to improve community well-being through enhanced food and nutritional security - Mrs. Rose M Opeli

Harnessing local resources to improve community well-being through enhanced food and nutritional security
Session: Malnutrition is a major contributor to poor health and poverty among rural communities. Therefore, to improve the wellbeing of local communities, identification of signs and symptoms of malnutrition, poor health and the intersection between the two is critical. It is also important that...

Improving nutritional status of dry land areas from a sustainable beekeeping model - Christopher Nzuki

Improving nutritional status of dry land areas from a sustainable beekeeping model
Session: Sustainable bee farming models have proven to contribute in improving nutritional status in dry land areas through enhanced pollination by bees and consumption of bee products in communities. With the fact that 65% of all food crops consumed by human being are pollinated by bees,...

Water harvesting technologies - Mesewet Teweldibrihan

Water harvesting technologies
Session: The presentation will elaborate on best practices of harvesting rain water in water scarcity areas. Water harvesting from various surface conditions as a main source of irrigation water for small scale irrigation development at farmer's level. While ponds, dams, and in-situ water...

Sharing about the Enrich Projects - Mwivano Malimbwi

Sharing about the Enrich Projects
Session: Mwivano will talk on how different practices has been used to improve nutrition in dry lands Biographical information: Mwivano Malimbwi, Clinician and Nutritionist, More than 15 years of working in MNCH and Nutrition sectors, Expert in Facility and community based intervention which...

Dryland biogas technologies - Christopher Kellner

Dryland biogas technologies
Session: The Tanzania Domestic Biogas Programme began in 2007 following a positive feasibility study by GTZ. Tanzanian stakeholders established a taskforce and selected the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology (CAMARTEC) as the national agency to coordinate the programme....

Food security in the arid and semi-arid lands – livestock vs agriculture, where is the balance? - Dr. Beppe DiGiullio / Dr. Lieve Lynen

Food security in the arid and semi-arid lands – livestock vs agriculture, where is the balance?
Session: Pastoralist livestock convert low quality feed into high quality proteins with essential amino acids that cannot be sourced from plants. Large parts of the world are not arable as they are too dry or steep or too cold or too hot for successful cultivation. However, they can still used...

Managing striga weed and other parasitic weeds - Lytton John Musselman

Managing striga weed and other parasitic weeds
Session: African Witchweeds and Their Relatives—Biology, Sanitation, and Control Biographical Information: Lytton John Musselman is Mary Payne Hogan Distinguished Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University and has researched Striga as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Khartoum; as...

Kitchen gardens which reuse waste water - Charles Bonaventure

Kitchen gardens which reuse waste water
Session: The presentation will elaborate on how useful these kitchen gardens in ensuring nutrition at household level Biographical Information: Charles Bonaventure (called "Bonny”) is a Technical Advisor for ECHO East Africa. Bonny worked with the Tanzanian government since 1986 before joining...

Amaranth farming for community empowerment - Mark Leveri

Amaranth farming for community empowerment
Session: In the Tanzanian population occupational context, the majority (80%) experience food insecurity and poverty, and malnutrition is a phenomenon that has for a long time remained the main cause of child mortality, stunting and the most important impediment to further economic growth of the...

Bridging the gap between farmers and extensionists with ICT & radio - Rex Chapota

Bridging the gap between farmers and extensionists with ICT & radio
Session: ICTs can bridge the distance between farmers and extension officers through radio combined with mobile phones. Agricultural extension officers are an invaluable resource for farmers looking to increase their yields. Extension officers can provide tips on combating a new disease, or...

Improving nutrition through gender inclusivity - Eileen Nchanji

Improving nutrition through gender inclusivity
Session: We have for decades focused on food security with little emphasis on nutrition. But increase in the triple burden of malnutrition has forced us to relook at nutrition and its effect on human health. Achieving good nutrition in a household, community and nation is only possible if it is...

Transforming Africa Village by Village: A Case Study of Olepolos, Narok-Kenya - Dr. Serone Ole Sena

Transforming Africa Village by Village: A Case Study of Olepolos, Narok-Kenya
Abstract, The focus of this paper is on community empowerment for sustainable development. The data is based on empirical/primary research carried out during the process of sustainable (community) development implemented between 1998 and 2018.  The paper shares the experience of one rural...

Waste diversions to improve soil nutrient density and amaranth seed yield - Walt Sumner, Amaranth International

Waste diversions to improve soil nutrient density and amaranth seed yield
Session: Dr. Sumner shares on experiments conducted on a small hay farm in Missouri, where he is conducting various experiments to restore soil fertility, and learning about crops suited to hot and dry climates. Rainwater leaching and row crop farming steadily deplete top soils of nutrients,...

Bible Plants - Plants of the Bible and Qur’an - Lytton John Musselman

Bible  Plants - Plants of the Bible and Qur’an
Biographical Information: Lytton John Musselman is Mary Payne Hogan Distinguished Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University and has researched Striga as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Khartoum; as a consultant to the Striga program at the International Institute of Agriculture in...

ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium 2018 Presentations

Presentation slides and resources from the Third ECHO East Africa Pastorlist Symposium

6-8 March, 2018 - Nanyuki, Kenya

Climate change and population growth in pastoral communities - Sef Slootweg – GIZ – NRM – Loliondo

Climate change and population growth in pastoral communities
Towards middle and high income for the people in the Ngorongoro District, Tanzania

Community Land Act – threats and potential of protecting pastoralist lands & livelihoods - Jarso Mokku, Pastoralist Parliamentary Group

Community Land Act – threats and potential of protecting pastoralist lands & livelihoods

Contextualizing the African Union Pastoralist Framework - John Letai, Pastoralist Researcher & Consultant, Laikipia County

Contextualizing the African Union Pastoralist Framework

Controlling Invasive Species in Pastoralist Areas - Arne Witt, CABI Kenya

Controlling Invasive Species in Pastoralist Areas

Development of a Livestock Identification and Traceability System to Enhance Livestock Trade in Northern Kenya - Dr Chris Daborn & Patrick Njema Njai

Development of a Livestock Identification and Traceability System to Enhance Livestock Trade in Northern Kenya

Easement and Integrated Approaches in Pastoralist Areas - Makko Sinandei - Ujamaa-CRT

Easement and Integrated Approaches in Pastoralist Areas

Gender Issues in Pastoralist Societies - Paine Makko, UCRT

Gender Issues in Pastoralist Societies

The Laikipia Land Question: A Bombshell or a Case of Historical Exclusion - John Letai

The Laikipia Land Question: A Bombshell or a Case of Historical Exclusion

Land Use Planning and Integrated Approaches in Pastoralist Areas - Jamboi Baramayegu Prog. Coordinator - UCRT

Land Use Planning and Integrated Approaches in Pastoralist Areas

Livestock to Market Programme - Borana Conservancy, Laikipia Kenya - Abdi Sora, Ochen Maiyani

Livestock to Market Programme - Borana Conservancy, Laikipia Kenya

Mara Beef and community marketing in Mara & Laikipia - Tarquin Wood, MD, Enonkishu Conservancy

Mara Beef and community marketing in Mara & Laikipia

NRT Livestock to Market - Patrick Ekodere – NRT

NRT Livestock to Market

Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa - Mr. A. Khecha - Division of the African Union Rural Economy

Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa

Rangeland Rehablitation using Holistic Planned Grazing - Richard Hatfield

Rangeland Rehablitation using Holistic Planned Grazing
Practice and principles from ten years on the ground in southern, central and northern Kenya

Rehabilitation of Arid Environments - Diana Githu

Rehabilitation of Arid Environments

Research and development among pastoralists – the Laikipia rangelands controversies - Chris Field - Consultant in ASAL’s and Wildlife

Research and development among pastoralists – the Laikipia rangelands controversies

Sustained Rangeland Improvement with Special Reference to the Laikipia Controversies

I have spent over fifty years working in East African Rangelands studying wildlife in National Parks and ranches or helping pastoralists in northern Kenya and consulting in Tanzania. The situation has changed unpredictably and dramatically since my original research in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. The main change has been rapid and near exponential human population growth with accompanying degradation of the rangelands especially those classified as ASALs (Arid or Semi-Arid Lands). It is not unique to the Greater Horn of Africa, but an example of what has been...

Pastoralism: Our Ideas, Our Future - Maasai Emergency Association Tanzania and Kenya

Pastoralism: Our Ideas, Our Future

Livestock to Markets (L2M) - Action Plan

This is an ACTION PLAN based on participation of representatives from three East Africa countries in the L2M Working Group. The group developed a common framework to guide their discussion and understanding of all the elements that influence the development of a Livestock to Markets Business among pastoralist communities. They will use this as a benchmark for their commitment and actions in their respective countries over the next two years.

Karamoja Land: What are the Issues? - Topoth Charles Angella

Karamoja Land: What are the Issues?

Rangelands Group Framework Worksheet

This worksheet was used at the 3rd ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium by a group generating a joint voluntary plan of action including policy and legislation inhibiting or needed, social and cultural approaches that inhibit or could add value, economic tools, and natural resources governance.

Kitchen Gardens to Improve Nutrition in Dry Areas - Ralph Roothaert

Kitchen Gardens to Improve Nutrition in Dry Areas
Session: The session will first provide an overview of WorldVeg’s efforts in using traditional African vegetables in the region, based on its collection in Arusha, Tanzania, the largest in Africa. The overview will single out amaranth as well as traditional vegetables useful in drylands. Second,...

2017

ECHO East Africa Symposium 2017 Presentations

ECHO East Africa 4th Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture Best Practices

Population and food security challenges in Ngorongoro District - Jozef Slootweg, GIZ, Ngorongoro

Population and food security challenges in Ngorongoro District
Ngorongoro District, part of the Serengeti Ecosystem witnessed a human population growth from approximately 25,000 in the early sixties to 200,000 people in 2016, predominantly pastoralist Maasai. Pastoralism as we know it today can be combined with photo tourism and game hunting activities for...

RIPAT – A Menu Approach in Rural Food Security Promotion - Dominic Ringo, RECODA Tanzania

RIPAT – A Menu Approach in Rural Food Security Promotion
RIPAT (Rural Initiatives for Participatory Agricultural Transformation) is a participatory extension approach aims to close the agricultural technology gap as a means of improving livelihoods and self-support among rural small-scale farmers. The approach is as well a documented step-by-step guide...

Navigating the Pigeon Pea Value Chain - Daniel Charles, Kilimo Markets Ltd

Navigating the Pigeon Pea Value Chain
Pigeon pea is an important green manure/cover crop with multiple agronomic and market impacts for small farmers, and fits ideally in a conservation agriculture system. Kilimo Markets integrates value chains through enhancing production, inputs supply chains especially seed for which it is...

The Rise of Pigeon Peas in Importance - Said Silim

The Rise of Pigeon Peas in Importance
Pigeon pea is an important green manure/cover crop with multiple agronomic and market impacts for small farmers, and fits ideally in a conservation agriculture system.  Presenter : Said Silim has recently retired from a distinguished career in international development from ICRISAT, and helped...

Best Practices in Soil Testing – Practical Session - Neil Rowe MIller, CFGB/MCC East Africa

Best Practices in Soil Testing – Practical Session
  Neil Rowe Miller serves with Mennonite Central Committee as a technical advisor to conservation agriculture projects funded by the Canadian Food Grains Bank in eastern Africa. His career spans 33 years working with small-scale farmers in the developing world as well as consulting for...

Conservation and Food Security Issues - Dr. James Kahurananga, Former Director, African Wildlife Foundation

Conservation and Food Security Issues
Conflicts abound with conservation and food security issues. Solutions and best practices will be shared. Presenter : Dr. James Kahurananga was the past director of the Africa Wildlife Foundation, and has 50 years experience in the field of conservation of biodiversity within Tanzania, Kenya,...

Diversity of Approaches in Conservation Agriculture in Africa - Leonard Rusinamhodzi, CIMMYT

Diversity of Approaches in Conservation Agriculture in Africa
The desire to transform smallholder farming to feed the increasing hungry people, burgeoning population, and adaptation and mitigation to climate change is high. There is an obvious realization that it is smallholder farming and rain-fed for that matter that holds the promise to feed the hungry...

Donkey welfare and donkey friendly harnessing - 2008 Animal Welfare Act - Livingstone Masija, Arusha Society for Protection of Animals

Donkey welfare and donkey friendly harnessing - 2008 Animal Welfare Act
Donkey welfare in Tanzania is not given much consideration given all that animals offer to the economy of its people. Currently a more supportive environment for the promotion of animal welfare and rights has been established legislation, especially the Animal Welfare Act (2008). However,...

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration(FMNR) - Mtama Nangu, WV Tanzania and David Ndwiga, ADRA Mandera

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration(FMNR)
This session will demonstrate Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) as a low-cost, sustainable land-restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor subsistence farmers in developing countries by increasing food, fodder and livelihood production, while enhancing...

Improving Farm-based Seed Selection and Storage - Dr. Tsvetelina Stoilova, AVRDC

Improving Farm-based Seed Selection and Storage
Smallholder farmers in rural African villages rely on their home-grown seeds for more than 85% of their needs. Due to various reasons, small holder farmers are enticed or forced to use seeds from commercial companies which create dependency. Seed saving has challenges. For farmers to produce...

Integrated Soil Fertility Management & Conservation Agriculture - Neil Rowe Miller, CFGB/MCC East Africa

Integrated Soil Fertility Management & Conservation Agriculture
Cover crops play a key role in sustainable agriculture by providing sustainable sources of nutrients as well as protective soil cover to minimize erosion and reduce moisture stresses. Examples of successful cover cropping systems in East Africa will be illustrated as well as constraints and...

Integrating a Biblical Worldview into our Agricultural Work - Brett Harrison, Church of Christ, Tanzania

Integrating a Biblical Worldview into our Agricultural Work
Worldview is our set of assumptions about how the world functions, and serves to guide our decision-making processes. This session addresses challenges which arise when cultures mix and focuses on the integration of a Biblical worldview into our agriculture work as a solution. Our worldview and...

Using Farmer Motivators Sustainably - Chrispin Mirambo, MCC

Using Farmer Motivators Sustainably
The presentation will elaborate how to identify farmer motivators, preparations before and after selecting them, what is their expectations, how to work with them, building their capacity and confidence. Presenter : Chrispin Mirambo Is the Agronomist and community development professional with...

Updates on Management of Outbreaks on Plant Diseases in East Africa - Banana Xanthomonas Wilt BXW - Dr. Alliy Said Mbwana, Consultant

Updates on Management of Outbreaks on Plant Diseases in East Africa - Banana Xanthomonas Wilt BXW
Updates on recognition and management of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in East Africa shared. Presenter : Dr. Alliy Saidi Mbwana is a Veteran Principal Agricultural Research Officer who worked with the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries on bananas for over 36 years initially as a...

The Connection Between Agriculture & Poverty Alleviation - Sara Sytsma, World Renew Kenya

The Connection Between Agriculture & Poverty Alleviation
This presentation will look at the differences between relief, rehabilitation, and development. We will see some of the challenges involved in determining which one of those three interventions is needed in different situations and we will talk about what to consider when transitioning from...

Lablab, An Under-estimated Crop Finds its Niche - Wilfred L Mariki, Researcher Consultant

Lablab, An Under-estimated Crop Finds its Niche
Dolichos lablab is an under estimated crop which recently is finding its niche Presenter : Wilfred L Mariki is a retired Principal Agricultural Research Officer, from Selian Agricultural Research Institute who pioneered a country program to introduce CA in Tanzania 1999 – 2011, under FAO-UN....

Mainstreaming Gender in Food Security Programs - Julita Manda, PWSD, Malawi

Mainstreaming Gender in Food Security Programs
The presentation discusses gender in food security programs. The presentation shall focus issues of access and control and impact on food security. The break out session will conduct an analysis of gender in agriculture program and how to address gender gaps that promote continuous women...

Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration - Mkama Nangu

Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration
This session will demonstrate Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) as a low-cost, sustainable land-restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor subsistence farmers in developing countries by increasing food, fodder and livelihood production, while enhancing...

Cheers and Challenges of Conservation Agriculture in Kenya - Stephen Lutz, World Renew, Kenya

Cheers and Challenges of Conservation Agriculture in Kenya
The session will focus on highlighting and sharing with the participants the lessons learned from implementing two food security programs promoting CA principles in Central Kenya in the last 4-5 years. Even though we are starting to see positive results and identifying future potential of farmers...

Green Manure Cover Crops in Conservation Agriculture - Neil Miller, CFGB/MCC East Africa

Green Manure Cover Crops in Conservation Agriculture
Cover crops play a key role in sustainable agriculture by providing sustainable sources of nutrients as well as protective soil cover to minimize erosion and reduce moisture stresses. Examples of successful cover cropping systems in East Africa will be illustrated as well as constraints and...

Greener Food Production in Africa Resilient Crops and Zonal Management - Sieg Snapp, Assoc. Director Center for Global Change, Michigan State University

Greener Food Production in Africa Resilient Crops and Zonal Management
Soil degradation and rapid change are faced across Africa, and require attention to both old and new technologies. Over two decades of action research with farmers in Malawi has shown that smallholder food production and nutrition can be improved through biological principles and targeted use of...

How to Work Livestock into a Conservation Agriculture System - Shinan Kassam, ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas) Cairo, Egypt

How to Work Livestock into a Conservation Agriculture System
In marginal environments where strong crop-livestock interactions exist, inclusive and equitable access to finance, well-functioning land rental markets, and efficient provision of extension advisory services contribute significantly towards the shift to more sustainable land use management and...

Root Crops Using Conservation Agriculture - Stephen Lutz, World Renew, Kenya

Root Crops Using Conservation Agriculture
Root crops are not often used in conservation agriculture. This session describes their use and best practices. Presenter : Stephen Lutz is Program Consultant for World Renew in Kenya for the past 12 years, and advises three local established church partners throughout Kenya, managing...

Transformational Development - Thinking About Community - Joshua Ramatlali Growing Nations Trust – Lesotho

Transformational Development - Thinking About Community
Most of us are doing Community Development work whereby we want to see life-change to the people we serve and we also want to see the sustainability of our work...but the challenge is the approach and the attitudes we use towards Communities which at the end hinder success to our Community...

Why Reach One Farmer When You Can Reach One Million - Karen Hampson, Farm Radio International

Why Reach One Farmer When You Can Reach One Million
Farm Radio International (FRI), is a Canadian not-for-profit organization at the forefront of using radio combined with other ICTs to increase reach, participation and to give African farming families a voice. We work with local radio stations to develop interactive programs which respond to the...

ECHO East Africa Symposium 2017 Videos

ECHO East Africa 4th Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture Best Practices - Videos

ECHO East Africa Symposium 2017 Videos

ECHO East Africa 4th Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture Best Practices - Videos

Diversity of Approaches in Conservation Agriculture in Africa

Diversity of Approaches in Conservation Agriculture in Africa
The desire to transform smallholder farming to feed the increasing hungry people, burgeoning population, and adaptation and mitigation to climate change is high. There is an obvious realization that it is smallholder farming and rain-fed for that matter that holds the promise to feed the hungry...

Greener Food Production in Africa Resilient Crops and Zonal Management

Greener Food Production in Africa Resilient Crops and Zonal Management
Soil degradation and rapid change are faced across Africa, and require attention to both old and new technologies. Over two decades of action research with farmers in Malawi has shown that smallholder food production and nutrition can be improved through biological principles and targeted use of...

Panel : Scaling Up Conservation Agriculture

Panel :  Scaling Up Conservation Agriculture
This session introduces the scaling up CA programs and features the various aspects of the CFGB program, namely training, policy and marketing. The panel session provides sharing by one CA Technical Specialist, a Policy and Advocacy Advisor and a Marketing Coordinator. Moderator : Mueni...

The Rise of Pigeon Peas in Importance - Navigating the Value Chain

The Rise of Pigeon Peas in Importance - Navigating the Value Chain
Pigeon pea is an important green manure-cover crop with multiple agronomic and market impacts for small farmers, and fits ideally in a conservation agriculture system.  Presenter : Said Silim has recently retired from a distinguished career in international development from ICRISAT, and helped...

Welcome to the 2017 ECHO East Africa Symposium

Welcome to the 2017 ECHO East Africa Symposium
Official Welcome to the 2017 ECHO East Africa Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture Best Practices (Feb 7-9) from Bruce Wilson, ECHO Director of Strategic Initiatives. Bruce will describe the ECHOcommunity.org resources, and then give a vision for a consensus on symposia in the future. ECHO has...

Transformational Development - Thinking About Community

Transformational Development - Thinking About Community
Most of us are doing Community Development work whereby we want to see life-change to the people we serve and we also want to see the sustainability of our work...but the challenge is the approach and the attitudes we use towards Communities which at the end hinder success to our Community...

Why Reach One Farmer When You Can Reach One Million

Why Reach One Farmer When You Can Reach One Million
Farm Radio International (FRI), is a Canadian not-for-profit organization at the forefront of using radio combined with other ICTs to increase reach, participation and to give African farming families a voice. We work with local radio stations to develop interactive programs which respond to the...

Mainstreaming Gender in Food Security Programs

Mainstreaming Gender in Food Security Programs
The presentation discusses gender in food security programs. The presentation shall focus issues of access and control and impact on food security. The break out session will conduct an analysis of gender in agriculture program and how to address gender gaps that promote continuous women...

Panel: Competition for Mulch and Fodder

Panel: Competition for Mulch and Fodder
Competition for mulch and fodder is one of the key issues constraining successful conservation agriculture in areas where livestock are a part of the agricultural system. Convenor: Putso Nyathi is a Conservation Agriculture Technical Officer for Southern Africa with MCC supporting CFGB funded...

Best Practices in Soil Testing – Practical Session

Best Practices in Soil Testing – Practical Session
Neil Rowe Miller serves with Mennonite Central Committee as a technical advisor to conservation agriculture projects funded by the Canadian Food Grains Bank in eastern Africa. His career spans 33 years working with small-scale farmers in the developing world as well as consulting for large-scale...

Population and food security challenges in Ngorongoro District

Population and food security challenges in Ngorongoro District
Ngorongoro District, part of the Serengeti Ecosystem witnessed a human population growth from approximately 25,000 in the early sixties to 200,000 people in 2016, predominantly pastoralist Maasai. Pastoralism as we know it today can be combined with photo tourism and game hunting activities for...

Using Farmer Motivators Sustainably

Using Farmer Motivators Sustainably
The presentation will elaborate how to identify farmer motivators, preparations before and after selecting them, what is their expectations, how to work with them, building their capacity and confidence. Presenter : Chrispin Mirambo Is the Agronomist and community development professional with...

Integrating a Biblical Worldview into our Agricultural Work

Integrating a Biblical Worldview into our Agricultural Work
Worldview is our set of assumptions about how the world functions, and serves to guide our decision-making processes. This session addresses challenges which arise when cultures mix and focuses on the integration of a Biblical worldview into our agriculture work as a solution. Our worldview and...

Green Manure Cover Crops in Conservation Agriculture

Green Manure Cover Crops in Conservation Agriculture
Cover crops play a key role in sustainable agriculture by providing sustainable sources of nutrients as well as protective soil cover to minimize erosion and reduce moisture stresses. Examples of successful cover cropping systems in East Africa will be illustrated as well as constraints and...

A Biblical Basis for the Mission of ECHO

A Biblical Basis for the Mission of ECHO
Presenter : Bruce Wilson is an internationally experienced leader who has served as a pastor, team leader, educational adviser, and consultant. Bruce worked in Indonesia for eleven years before returning to the US as Missions Pastor at Wheaton. He attended Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate...

2016

ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium 2016 Presentations

ECHO East Africa Symposium II on Best Practices in Highland Areas
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 1st - 3rd November, 2016 

Analysis of Land Restoration Projects - Zewdie Kassa - Zewdie Kassa

Analysis of Land Restoration Projects - Zewdie Kassa
The roles of restoration projects as among best practices contributing to sustainable agriculture in the Ethiopian Highlands Ecosystems. He will. speak on how species diversity of the area together with the associated ethnobotanical knowledge contributes to conservation agriculture in the...

Backyard Farming Improves Family and Productivity - Akililu Dogisso

Backyard Farming Improves Family and Productivity
Send a Cow works with smallholder highland farmers helping them to improve their farming system by promoting sustainable organic agriculture with improved backyard farming alongside gender and social development activities. Our low input, holistic approach builds resilience by empowering farmers,...

Challenges and Opportunities in Dairying - A Farmer’s View - Wondirad Abraham

Challenges and Opportunities in Dairying - A Farmer’s View
In Ethiopia, more attention is being given to crossbreeding to answer the questions of food security in the near future as the selection in local cattle is very slow to bring progress. In contrast, improving the genetic potential of local cattle is not given equivalent emphasis though it is...

Conservation Agriculture in Ethiopian Highlands - Tesfay Araya

Conservation Agriculture in Ethiopian Highlands
On average, crop yields under DER+ and TER+ increased by 30% and 16%, respectively, as compared to CT. Our study demonstrates that field water conservation tillage practices that incorporate CA principles are effectively increasing green water in the root zone available for crops. RCA systems...

Cover Crops for Highland Areas - Neil R Miller

Cover Crops for Highland Areas
Cover crops play a key role in sustainable agriculture by providing sustainable sources of nutrients as well as protective soil cover to minimize erosion and reduce moisture stresses. Examples of successful cover cropping systems in East Africa will be illustrated as well as constraints and...

Disseminating Technologies to Improve Livestock Productivity - Dr Girma Abebe

Disseminating Technologies to Improve Livestock Productivity
Field days focusing on livestock production have been successfully used as a means to introduce and disseminate technologies. Training producers about improved management practices is greatly aided by supporting trainees to visit better off farmers. However, selection of farmers or producers to...

Excel in the Grace of Giving - David Erickson

Excel in the Grace of Giving
Presenter: David Erickson, ECHO Chief Executive Officer, earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and undergraduate concentrations in economics, political science and history. He founded the Samaritan Inns, refuges for people living on inner city streets. He has promoted...

Practical Case Studies with Women Groups - Takele Teshome

Practical Case Studies with Women Groups
Traditional natural resources management in Ethiopia has been unsustainable, owing to various  reasons including poverty and lack of knowledge, which has resulted in rampant deforestation. Historical estimates suggest that approximately 40% of Ethiopian landmass was once covered with forest and...

Factors Affecting Adoption of Conservation Agriculture - Frew Beriso

Factors Affecting Adoption of Conservation Agriculture
The study in Borichaworeda, Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia examines socio-economic, household related, technological and institutional factors affecting conservation agriculture in the study area. The overall finding of the study emphasizes the high importance of economic support in providing...

Integrating Soil & Water Conservation in CA - Neil Miller

Integrating Soil & Water Conservation in CA
The session will discuss integrating conservation agriculture with soil and water conservation measures as well as other farming systems. Presenter: Neil Rowe Miller serves with Mennonite Central Committee as a technical advisor to conservation agriculture projects funded by the Canadian Food...

Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems - Peter Thorne

Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems
Africa Rising was a five-year project, funded by USAID, that sought to identify and promote solutions for for sustainable intenslfication of the mixed farming systems in the Ethiopian Highlands. The project worked closely with both research and development partner to develop and validate...

Mobilizing to Combat Parthenium - Charles Bonaventure

Mobilizing to Combat Parthenium
ECHO has become aware of an invasive weed in many areas in Africa. Parthenium hysterophorus, a noxious weed, has spread from its native region in Mexico and South America to more than twenty countries globally, arriving in Ethiopia in the 1980s in contaminated famine-relief food supplies. Since...

Technology Adoption in Smallholder Dairy Systems - Kebebe Ergano

Technology Adoption in Smallholder Dairy Systems
This presentation analyzes factors affecting technology adoption in smallholder dairy production systems using a combination of frameworks and mixed methods: agricultural household models and agricultural innovation systems approach and a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings...

Transition to AgroEcology - Jelleke de Nooy

Transition to AgroEcology
Our global agricultural and food system is broken and needs to transition to one that is more  sustainable and beneficial to the world's population. This seems hard in the face of the linked challenges of climate change, natural resource depletion, and worldwide economic and social upheaval. At...

Using Remote Sensing - Seth Morgan

Using Remote Sensing
The presentation will cover available geospatial datasets and open-source analysis tools including weather and soil data, and basic applications of QGIS and R for spatial data. Examples will be drawn from the presenter's involvement in the ICRAF impact evaluation "Assessing the Downstream...

2015

ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium 2016 Presentations

From March 1-3, 2016 ECHO East Africa hosted a sumposium in Nanyuki, Kenya on Best Practices in Pastoralist Areas. This meeting's aims were to disscuss ways in whicht to reduce poverty, hunger and physical hardship by engaging pastoralists more effectively to adapt their pastoralist systems:

  • to respond to climate change and declining yields in Africa with sustainable options which improve the environment, regenerate rangelands and water catchments, recycle resources and mitigate the effect of weather extremes
  • to combine a wide range of approaches holistically to enhance resilience of the vulnerable and to care for the earth
  • to promote continued learning and sharing through networks Holistic approaches

Featured in the Symposium: livestock-based alternatives; holistic management, conservation agriculture, gender and reproductive issues, peace-building, climate smart approaches, changing human hearts and mindsets, and water related innovations.

Sustainable Livestock Service Delivery - Diba D. Wako

Sustainable Livestock Service Delivery
Session: The pastoral areas of Kenya are characterised by poor access to quality livestock services. Consequently the pastoralists are forced to purchase sub-standard and/or counterfeit veterinary drugs - often from unqualified people - to meet their animal health needs. They also treat their...

How to avoid fraudulent vaccinations - Beppe DiGiullio and Lieve Lynen

How to avoid fraudulent vaccinations
Session: ECF-ITM vaccine has been shown to be a highly effective product, with a 95 per cent success rate in pastoral herds - one of the highest rates of protection offered by any livestock vaccine. However, up till now, governments in East, Central and Southern Africa have rejected widespread...

Animal welfare and human moral responsibility - Solomon Onyango

Animal welfare and human moral responsibility
The main theme for this is to highlight good animal production and reproduction systems that are greatly dependent on good animal welfare practices. It is also to inform that for trade in livestock production in the international markets are concerned to meet international animal standards....

Sustainable Bee Farming Business Model - Kelvin Odoobo

Sustainable Bee Farming Business Model
Session: The presentation details how African Beekeepers can use The Hive Business Model to build and sustain profitable beekeeping businesses using The Hive Beekeepers Starter Kit comprising of the CAB Hive uniquely made to meet the demands of the African bee and how this model completes the...

Community Natural Resource Planning in Karamoja - Robert Okumu

Community Natural Resource Planning in Karamoja
Session: The presentation addresses key community approaches towards a balanced use of resources in the semi-arid district of Karamoja, Uganda.Natural resource conflict management can be realized by working towards a green economy, poverty eradication, and a sustainable food system. The strength...

Policy and the future of pastoralism - Richard Hatfield

Policy and the future of pastoralism
Session: This talk presents policies which may give hope for pastoralism. It bases upon a holistic approach to rangeland management and decision-making, using examples from work in Samburu, Marsabit and Laikipia counties of Kenya and the experience of Northern Rangelands Trust. It shares the...

PERMACULTURE IN PASTORALIST AREAS - Joseph Lentunyoi

PERMACULTURE IN PASTORALIST AREAS
Session: The session will share knowledge and practices which some pastoralist communities have chosen as alternative livelihoods in pastoralist areas. The ideas come from the local people, and demonstrate ‘people- care’, ‘earth-care’ and ‘fair-share’. Use of natural resources sustainably are...

Water purification using bio-sand filters and microfilament filters - JOHN M. NYAGWENCHA

Water purification using bio-sand filters and microfilament filters
Session: Water filtration methods including use of Biosand Filters and Hollow Fiber Membrane filters Aqua Clara's entrepreneurial approach to providing safe water for all communities Training for other organization's to replicate the BSF and HF filters for their organization. Aqua Clara...

Potential of Conservation Agriculture in Pastoralist Region - John Kimathi Mbae

Potential of Conservation Agriculture in Pastoralist Region
Session: World Renew supports innovative ways to combat climate change. The presentation will dwell on lessons learnt from Conservation Agriculture promotion in pastoralist areas which will encompass adaptation, scaling up and extension methodologies based upon lessons learned from the field....

THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S AND EVERYTHING IN IT - Raphael Magambo

THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S AND EVERYTHING IN IT
—Theme:  “The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." Psalms 24. Holistic community development uses biblical perspectives to answer development questions which could not be answerable in any other way.    —, a veterinarian by training with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the...

Livestock markets as incentives in conservancy development and rangelands in the landscape - Patrick Ekodere

Livestock markets as incentives in conservancy development and rangelands in the landscape
Session: The Livestock to Markets Program(LTM) is a social enterprise owned by NRT through its business company called -NRT Trading company. LTM aims to commercialize livestock marketing among pastoralists by providing an assured, equitable and reliable market for good quality cattle in order to...

The Lewa Conservancy - Tim Roberts

The Lewa Conservancy
Session: Tim will give a personal account of his experience with Lewa & the Ngare Ndare forest for over half a century. This will entail the transition from farming in conflict with wildlife to settled coexistence and optimizing the use of the existing ecosystem Biographical data: Tim...

The challenges of differences of worldview between agricultural and pastoralist societies for sensitive transformation - Roger Sharland

The challenges of differences of worldview between agricultural and pastoralist societies for sensitive transformation
Session: Western societies used schools, and culturally blind policies to absorb the native American and Australian aborigine populations into mainstream society. Since colonial times until today most governments use schools and district offices to implement policies with agricultural biases with...

Some community strategies to combat climate change - Silvia Ceppi

Some community strategies to combat climate change
Session: Strategies will be shared to test increase of resilience, for example, a vegetable leather tanning program. The rangelands bordering the western slopes of the Mount Meru are a key ecological corridor and provide for a range of ecosystem services that entirely support the livelihoods of...

Securing community land rights through Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy - Edward Lekaita

Securing community land rights through Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy
Session: Edward will discuss the UCRT experience in advocacy for communities to secure their land rights. He will share an analysis and insights into the legal frame work, discuss the opportunities, gaps and challenges on pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania, based upon UCRT's 12 years of...

Diversification in Pastoral areas for food security and improved livelihoods - Josephine N. Ng’ang’a

Diversification in Pastoral areas for food security and improved livelihoods
Session: RIPAT- Diversification in Pastoral areas for food security and improved livelihoods Some of the work currently being done in the area of peace-building suggests that economic development and people’s livelihoods are important pieces of the ‘peace puzzle’. Poverty and competition for...

Health education empowers vulnerable women and girls - Fatuma Wako and Martha Bone

Health education empowers vulnerable women and girls
Session: Sauti Moja Marsabit provides livestock to vulnerable female-headed households (widows and single pastoralist mothers) which contribute to food security. We also provide young mothers who have been chased from school due to pregnancy with an opportunity to pursue an education that will...

Holistic Management (HM) Planned Grazing in Laikipia - Mathew Chana

Holistic Management (HM) Planned Grazing in Laikipia
Session: Thisl talk will be about the history of Holistic Management in Laikipia since its start in 2010. It will describe the approach used, the tools, the preliminary results and the challenges that remain. The session shares the experience from Northern Kenya Conservancies and speaks of...

Managing Conflicts using GALS Approach. Case Study Of Pastoralists community of Sokodu Kaabong District, Karamoja Region - Loupa Pius

Managing Conflicts using GALS Approach. Case Study Of  Pastoralists community of Sokodu Kaabong District,  Karamoja Region
Session: The session will describe misconceptions about pastoralists and their capacity to survive in harsh climates. Pastoralists need not be victims of development initiatives. Biographical data: Loupa Pius was born in a pastoralist s community and recalls times rehabilitating from previous...

Managing land, water and animals for a sustainable future - Ben and Denise Bartlett

Managing land, water and animals for a sustainable future
Session: This session shares about soil health and grazing based on some recent research done on our farm. While the Michigan environment is very different than East Africa, like comparing oceans and deserts, the idea that plants get energy from the sun, share that bounty with the microbes in the...

Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration - Mkama Nangu

Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration
Session: This session will demonstrate Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration, a new reforestation practice which is successfully reversing the rapid deforestation and desertification in dryland Africa. Pastoralist Managed Natural Regeneration (PMNR) has been shown to be a simple, income...

A Brief Dialogue on the Gender Dimension in Pastoralist Development - Beth A. Miller, DVM

A Brief Dialogue on the Gender Dimension in Pastoralist Development
Approximately 30 of the ECHO Symposium attendees participated in this dialogue. First, we established some basic definitions, and noted that poverty and political marginalization has affected men and women differently. While all pastoralists suffer discrimination, loss of land, degraded natural...

ECHO involvement with pastoralists? - ECHO staff

ECHO involvement with pastoralists?
ECHO engaging in pastoralist initiatives When I joined ECHO in 2012 I had just worked in a project disseminating food security initiatives in 48 villages in northern Tanzania. We discovered some stark realities facing pastoralist communities; they were by far less food secure than...

Establishing Livestock Markets and Linkages to Financial Services for Pastoralists - Diida Karayu

Establishing Livestock Markets and Linkages to Financial Services for Pastoralists
Session: Livestock is the main source of livelihoods for pastoralist in Marsabit County with 80% of the population directly depending on them. Food for the hungry supported and established 13 livestock markets in Marsabit. The markets provided great platform where herders, traders, government and...

Pastoralist Knowledge Hub - Badi Besbes and Piers Simpkin

Pastoralist Knowledge Hub
Session: The FAOs Pastoralist Hub and FAO experiences on radio communication / extension in pastoral areas have overcome common extension hurdles. Come to hear about it. Biographical data: Badi Besbes has worked with FAO-Kenya livestock sector.

NOMADIC PASTORALISM, DEVOLUTION AND CONFLICT IN NORTHERN KENYA - Mohamud S Adan

NOMADIC PASTORALISM, DEVOLUTION AND CONFLICT IN NORTHERN KENYA

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – 50 years in the Making - Tim Roberts

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – 50 years in the Making
Session: Tim will give a personal account of his experience with Lewa & the Ngare Ndare forest for over half a century. This will entail the transition from farming in conflict with wildlife to settled coexistence and optimizing the use of the existing ecosystem. Biographical data: Tim...

ECHO East Africa Best Practices in Areas of Conflict 2015 Presentations