ECHO in Latin America and the Caribbean

Experimenting with Medicinal Plants in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

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Tech Note Spotlight: "Introducing new seeds overseas"

Tech Note Spotlight: "Introduction to Tropical Root Crops"

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Resources: Wuqu' Kawoq (The Maya Health Alliance), Access Agriculture, The SPRING - Linking Agriculture and Nutrition

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ECHO in Latin America and the Caribbean

Cecilia Gonzalez

Update from Team Leader of ECHO Latin America / Caribbean Regional Impact Team, Cecilia Gonzalez, about her travels in Latin America. Cecilia also encourages members with how best to contribute to the network as a whole.

Experimenting with Medicinal Plants

Sarah Hornsby

From the ancient wisdom of indigenous people we inherit a healthier lifestyle for ourselves, our neighbors and the planet. In this article, Sarah Hornsby shares her journey with medicinal plants of Nicaragua, which started after her husband and she retired in Matagalpa.

Holly Sobetski

Holly is the Seed Bank Manager at ECHO, in Ft. Myers, Florida. Holly’s passion for working with small scale farmers in developing countries was ignited by her childhood backyard gardening. This interest lead her to purse an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Missions, followed by a one-year internship at ECHO. The internship equipped Holly for the 5 years she later spent in Cambodia teaching agriculture to youth. 

Introducing new seeds overseas

Libby Arcia

ECHO technical notes are designed to address important agriculture development issues and to help answer critical questions that impact the delivery of appropriate services.  In this edition we present a short excerpt of “Introducing new seeds overseas”, written by Dr. Martin Price.  This is an important document which helps address a question we are frequently asked by individuals and/or groups traveling on short-term mission or volunteer trips.  What seeds should we take? Or, what will grow best in a particular area of a given country?

Introduction to Tropical Root Crops

Libby Arcia

Tropical root and tuber crops are a valuable option for producing food under challenging growing conditions. This document aims to familiarize readers with their strengths and weaknesses under different tropical environments. 

Compost in the DR

I’m looking for [a] carbon rich source ingredient to build compost in the Dominican Republic.  Do you have region specific information? 

A. Carbon rich sources for composting include crop residues such as corn stalks, corn husks, rice hulls, rice straw, and sorghum or millet chaff. Cut and dried leaves are high in Nitrogen and could be the green component of compost even if dry. Fallen leaves are naturally high in carbon. Sugar cane bagasse (the leftover stalk and pulp from pressing sugar cane) is a high carbon source. Saw dust or wood chips could be used to make a fungal dominated compost, but take longer to break down.