ECHO East Africa Notes EAN Issue #8
Symposium Amid COVID 19
When COVID pandemic erupted in many parts of the world the end of 2019 and early 2020; a number of events that involved meetings of development workers who aimed at discussing issues for the development of people they serve were cancelled. ECHO East Africa had to suspend the Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate technologies that was to be held in February, 2020. Last year September 28th through 30th, 2021 ECHO East Africa organized and held a Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technologies through online means (virtual event) so as to enable development workers to resume in their routine ways of learning, discussing and sharing best practices of sustainable agriculture and appropriate technologies despite the outcomes posed by COVID 19; since community development matters needed to be solved despite all other issues.
Farmer Field Schools
The essence of Farmers Field School (FFS) is a group of farmers who use their own field, or fields, as a real-world classroom. They meet regularly, usually with the guidance of a facilitator, and carry out experiments designed to test potential innovations which they have chosen like new varieties, new management systems, etc. The role of the facilitator is not to teach or provide answers, but rather to help the group identify their priorities, conduct trials, and came up with their own solutions and conclusion.
LILO Rocket Stove
LILO rocket stoves are simple to use, fast cooking stoves made of cheap available material (clay soils) which uses less fire woods and produces less or no smoke.
Hope in the Midst of Challenges
Over the last two years, more than 2,245 packets of seeds (a combination of difficult to find species, underutilized crops varieties and improved species) have been distributed and so too have the seed saving techniques and practices being passed on. This article shares updates from our ECHO East Africa Seed Bank.