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Las Cañadas Agro-ecological Chickens Module 

Introducing New Team Leader: Cecilia Gonzalez

Tech Note Spotlight: "Cafeteria Feeding" of Chickens

From ECHO's Seed Bank: Ethiopian Kale

Member Highlight: Javier Ignacio Silva Rivera

Our Vision: Honoring God by Empowering the Undernourished with Sustainable Hunger Solutions

Echoes from our Network: Questions from LA / C Note 1

Resources: Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panamá (INCAP), Alliance of Information Services (SIDALC)The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)

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Las Cañadas Agro-ecological Chickens Module

Tania de Alba Rodríguez

I live in Las Cañadas (www.bosquedeniebla.com.mx), an education center for sustainable living. For 20 years, we at Las Cañadas have been dedicated to conservation of the rain forest, one of the scarce and biodiverse forests that exist. We are also committed to finding and demonstrating ways to live a simple and ecologically viable life.

From the start, we knew we wanted chickens to be a part of our center. In our country, egg consumption is an important part of rural life. Eggs offer protein of excellent quality for those who cannot or do not want to consume other products of animal origin. Raising chickens ourselves would mean we could consume antibiotic-free eggs from happy hens. We built a small hen house and purchased chickens from people in surrounding communities. We kept the chickens in the hen house for the night, fed them whole corn in the mornings, and let them loose during the day. We waited for them to produce eggs...

Introducing Cecilia Gonzalez

Cecilia was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She spent half of her life in other countries, including Honduras, Haiti, and the United States, pursuing her call to relieve hunger in the world. Before moving to Florida, Cecilia served with World Relief for a year in Haiti and later in their office in Baltimore supporting their earthquake rehabilitation programs. She has also served with Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Ships, and the Ithaca Pregnancy Center. After transferring from the Agro-industrial Engineering Program at the Pan-American Agriculture University “Zamorano” in Honduras, Cecilia obtained a BS in Food Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. As a graduate student at Cornell University, Cecilia focused on international development and did research on iron nutrition.

Tech Note Spotlight

Summary by Libby Arcia

ECHO regularly publishes agriculture technical notes to address important agriculture development issues.  Here is a short excerpt from a tech note on “Cafeteria Feeding” of Chickens.

Ethiopian Kale

Ethiopian Kale (Brassica carinata)

This brassica originated in the East African plain, particularly Ethiopia, as early as 4000 B.C. where it  is still grown primarily as an oil seed crop. It is valuable because it will set seed at warmer tropical temperatures than other brassicas.

Javier Ignacio Silva Rivera

Javier Ignacio Silva Rivera, National Agrarian University (UNA), Agriculture Faculty (FAGRO, Nicaragua)

Javier Ignacio Silva Rivera, National Agrarian University (UNA), Agriculture Faculty (FAGRO, Nicaragua)

Javier currently coordinates the Training Center, a research demonstration center for the biointensive cultivation method, (CCID), at the National Agrarian University (UNA), Agriculture Faculty (FAGRO), in Nicaragua. The purpose of the center is to train in and teach organic, self-sustaining, small-scale production using the biointensive method. Parallel to this is researching the productivity and adaptation of different crop varieties to tropical conditions with the logic of improving soil and productivity.

Our Vision

Libby Arcia-Hird

ECHO is an international, Christian organization that exists to reduce hunger and improve lives through agricultural training and resources. Working through regional impact centers around the world, ECHO connects small-scale farmers, and those working to eliminate world hunger, with essential resources, and each other. These resources include a vast knowledge base of practical information, experienced technical support and an extensive seedbank focused on highly beneficial underutilized plants.

Questions from LA / C Notes 1

Dexter B. Dombro

The first edition of ECHO Latin America / Caribbean Notes (LACN) was well received and elicited interesting questions which we will share with you.  The questions have been answered by Dexter B. Dombro, author of the article “Making Silage in Vichada”.