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


  1. 2016-11-01 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...
  2. 2016-11-01 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,...
  3. 2016-11-01 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...
  4. 2016-11-01 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...
  5. 2016-11-01 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...
  6. 2016-11-01 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...
  7. 2016-11-01 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...
  8. 2016-11-01 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...
  9. 2016-11-01 The study in Borichaworeda, Sidama Zone, Southern Ethiopia examines socio-economic, householdrelated, technological and institutional factors affecting conservation agriculture in the study area. The overallfinding of the study emphasizes the high importance of economic support in providing...
  10. 2016-11-01 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...
  11. 2016-11-01 Africa Rising was a five-year project, funded by USAID, that sought to identify and promote solutions for for sustainableintenslfication of the mixed farming systems in the Ethiopian Highlands. The project worked closely with both research and development partner to develop and validate...
  12. 2016-11-01 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...
  13. 2016-11-01 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 show...
  14. 2016-11-01 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 ofclimate change, natural resource depletion, and worldwide economic and social upheaval. At the...
  15. 2016-11-01 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...