Many plants deemed as invaluable for the smallholder farmer offer nutritious food for the family, fodder for animals, or timber for construction. Remarkably, bamboo offers all three of these assets from the same perennial plant!

 

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    2018-05-17 Many plants deemed as invaluable for the smallholder farmer offer nutritious food for the family, fodder for animals, or timber for construction. Remarkably, bamboo offers all three of these assets from the same perennial plant! This Technical Note will focus on how to most effectively harvest,...
  2. 2017-10-23 In September, ECHO’s Global Farm in Florida faced a fairly direct hit by Hurricane Irma. In the aftermath, one thing is abundantly clear – some things fall down and some things don’t (see our short video, After Hurricane Irma). This fact is relevant to our efforts to promote resilient farms and...
  3. 2016-10-18 Bamboo’s reputation is largely based upon intrinsic peculiarities of certain varieties. The plant can grow a meter a day and is the staple diet for giant pandas; though a grass, it can grow to 30 meters tall with hollow wooden stems which are stronger than steel; and bamboo has a reproductive...
  4. 2011-07-20 A visitor to ECHO from Nigeria told former intern Randall Fish about a method of creating fences using bamboo.
  5. Abstract, International Scholarly Research Notes, 2014 Bamboo shoots are considered as one of the useful health foods because of their rich contents of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fibres, and minerals and very low fat. Though bamboo shoots provide lots of health benefits, their consumption...
  6. Abstract, Journal of Food Science Technology, 2011 July Bamboo shoots being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in mineral content, like an ideal vegetable have been used traditionally. Besides nutrients, bamboo shoots also contain lethal concentration of the anti-nutrient (cyanogen) that...
  7. 2004-07-01 Agroforestry: In its simplest definition (as quoted by ECHO's Technical Note "Agroforestry Principles"), "agroforestry is the production of trees and of non-tree crops or animals on the same piece of land." It should be viewed more as a creative process than as a set technique because it is...
  8. The founder of Indobamboo, Arief, is a second generation bamboo specialist, following in the footsteps of hismother Linda Garland, who founded the Environmental Bamboo Foundation. Linda is well-regarded for putting in place theground work that mademany giant leaps possible forindustrialists,...
  9. ABSTRACT, FFTC In Japan charcoal has been used for a long time as environmental improver, soil improver in a firm, water purification material and odor adsorbent. It was reported that biochar has proliferation effect of symbiosis microorganisms such as root nodule bacteria and mycorrhiza in farm...
  10. The World Bamboo Organization is a diverse group consisting of individual people, commercial businesses, non-profit associations, institutions, and allied trade corporations that all share a common interest = BAMBOO. The purpose of the WBO is to improve and promote this common interest, as well...
  11. 2017-10-03 There are many appropriate building technologies available. How environmentally friendly are they? Earthquake resistant? Typhoon resistant? How can we introduce new materials to a traditional construction culture? Why would we want to produce our own materials? How can we make production...
  12. This article is from ECHO Asia Note #4 Working together with Thai Care, the children's ministry of the Rain Tree Foundation, Meribah Ram Pump is engaged in various community development projects in northern Thailand. A major focus is to make simple, sustainable technology, such as ram pumps and...
  13. Geoffrey Wheeler,Center for Vocational Building Technology Appropriate Construction Technologies for God's People, their Animals and Grain There are many appropriate building technologies available. How environmental friendly are they? Earthquake resistant? Typhoon resistant? How can we introduce...
  14. Bamboo culms are a natural material susceptible to insect and fungal attack. Without treatment products made from bamboo can be expected to last for only up to 3 years. There are many different techniques for curing and treating bamboo culms in order to prevent splitting,insect infection and...
  15. 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 biodiversity conservation over the past three decades of its existence. Founded in...
  16. 1987-01-01 This important book presents for the first time all of the diverse Chinese bamboos. In addition to descriptions of all the Chinese species presently known, the book includes chapters dealing with landscape uses, the role of bamboo in Chinese culture and cultural requirements.
  17. A comprehensive guide to this remakable plant, its uses, and its history.
  18. In India there is a saying that “after birth one cannot survive without bamboo”. The early human use of bamboo tools and technology may have preceded the usage of the Stone Age tools, but unlike stone, bamboo is perishable and no record of the use has been preserved. Bamboo is an extremely...
  19. 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 splashing rainwater (build the roof with an over-hang), • allow the...
  20. Abstract, International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research, 2017 January Bamboos like all lignocellusic biomass are susceptible to biodegradation which reduce its durability. Post harvest preservation of bamboo culms is important for enhancement of its service life. But the durability...
  21. All bamboo genera (123) are listed here with their tribe and subtribe. They contain all the known bamboo species within their genus (click on the genus to see the corresponding species). Bamboo belongs to the grass family POACEAE, which is divided into 12 subfamilies. Among them the subfamily...
  22. 2018-08-14 Join us August 14-18, 2018 for the 11th World Bamboo Congress. This global event will take place in the beautiful city ofXalapa, in the state of Veracruz, at the Gamma Xalapa Nubara Hotel. The host of the 11th WBC is theBambúes y Forestales de México. The aim is to demonstrate the vast potential...
  23. 2019-10-04 Example of Value-added farm products- Straw Factory operation at Aloha House, Palawan, Philippines
  24. This article is from ECHO Asia Note #4 Working together with Thai Care, the children's ministry of the Rain Tree Foundation, Meribah Ram Pump is engaged in various community development projects in northern Thailand. A major focus is to make simple, sustainable technology, such as ram pumps and...
  25. A slideshow documenting the process for making straws from bamboo.
  26. Tinwa bamboo is a clump-forming, evergreen bamboo with short rhizomes. The erect, thin-walled culms can be 10 - 30 metres tall and 50 - 75mm in diameter with internodes 30 - 45cm long. The plant is widely harvested from the wild for its useful canes. It is also sometimes cultivated, both within...
  27. 1992-01-01 Bamboos are fascinating for their beauty, elegance and variety of form, not to mention their importance in the symbolism of Far Eastern poetry and art. Garden designers have for a long time recognised the many possibilities offered by this unique plant. Here the reader is offered all the...
  28. 2006-01-01 This book is a general introduction to ornamental grasses and bamboos. The author describes how to grow and propagate them, and suggests many imaginative ways to make the most of them in your garden.