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    2018-11-13 Conference Program Book
  2. 2018-11-14 Despite the incredible diversity of useful plants that exist, a small handful of crops feed the majority of the world and millions of people still suffer from malnutrition and poverty. This talk will discuss some often overlooked crops that have the potential to alleviate suffering through...
  3. 2018-11-14 While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and created growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of the produced food in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand—resulting in low yields and poor quality products with limited market potential. Women farmers are...
  4. 2018-11-14 Human perception of reality is mediated through assumptions, beliefs, and mental habits, most of which are products of our culture. Typically, this does not present a problem until we find ourselves trying to function in an unfamiliar environment. Thus, Northern facilitators trying to function in...
  5. 2018-11-13 In 1981 ECHO International started with two employees and some volunteers on 5 acres we didn’t own. Today our 55-acre campus in Florida (no debt) has expanded into a global network, including Regional Impact Centers serving Latin America & the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, and Asia....
  6. 2018-11-13 One of our most important roles as we work in rural communities is to train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue. Top down, university-style lectures seldom incite passion in the learner in the same way that learner-centered selfdiscovery can. We...
  7. 2018-11-15 In a world that looks for instant results, how do development workers guide communities to enduring positive transformation? Values and interventions that have helped many, often in remote and challenging contexts, to contribute to long-term sustainable change will be shared. Bev Abma Bev Abma is...
  8. 2018-11-14 This workshop will include utilizing results from project work conducted over the past year that will illustrate the importance of the Partnership Development Process, Comparison of a Traditional Needs Assessment model that was utilized years earlier from another agency’s work versus an Asset...
  9. 2018-11-13 Based on ten years of experience, I will share how Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridges to Community Health) has utilized a participatory approach to engage more than 30 communities in the adoption of amaranth and the promotion of food sovereignty. It is worth noting that the region suffers...
  10. 2018-11-15 To empower persons working among rural farmers and gardeners in developing nations. One limiting factor is the availability of affordable quality seed of varieties well suited to the climate and culture. Seed2Save is Mike’s approach to make selections of open-pollinated varieties within target...
  11. 2018-11-14 The Cape Town Commitment says, "Creation care is a Gospel issue under the Lordship of Jesus Christ." Many missionaries experience firsthand the environmental degradation that makes Christian development work challenging, but don't have conservationists or scientists on staff to meaningfully...
  12. 2018-11-15 This session aims at discussing simple and yet effective agronomic practices for most vegetable crops that discourage the buildup of plant - parasitic nematodes and other soil borne pathogens in the soil. These agronomic practices range from timely watering or irrigation of crops, use of...
  13. 2018-11-13 Mistletoes (parasitic shrubs from diverse families), dodders (species of Cuscuta); and witchweeds and their relatives, Striga, Alectra, and Rhamphicarpa species are major constraints on African crops especially in grain and legume production. They are highly specialized weeds so understanding...
  14. 2018-11-13 The Fall Armyworm pest on the Africa continent has dire consequences for food security, especially in countries with heavy reliance on single staple crops susceptible to its effects. In Malawi, where 60% of calories come from maize, Fall Armyworm is devastating. While externally-driven and...
  15. 2018-11-14 Sustainable and regenerative farming make sense, but how can it be applied in developing markets? Nick will be discussing the business approach he has brought to farming and how to make the farm successful in the long term. New Roots Haiti farms pastured poultry, pastured pork, and grass fed...
  16. 2018-11-14 Grow a small poly-culture garden that addresses both nutritional and ecological shortcomings of our food systems. Focusing on some of the most nutritious of the more than 1000 species of plants with edible leaves can maximize the value of the garden to improve your family’s health. Supporting a...
  17. 2018-11-13 Many farmers in Honduras' dry corridor have been leaving their farms and migrating to cities due to droughts. Hydrologic design allows improves biological, chemical, and physical conditions in the soil, and increases resilience in farms to climate variability. Erlin Escoto Valladares Erlin Escoto...
  18. 2018-11-13 The Church is uniquely equipped to bring about real social transformation, but are we using development models that ignore that fact? Matthew Vonherbulis Matthew Vonherbulis lives in Rwanda with his wife and 2 children, where he has been developing Sowers of Hope AgriFaith Association among rural...
  19. 2018-11-13 This talk will focus on some of the challenges that small-scale farmers face when trying to implement change and how we, as facilitators, can identify and invest in agents of transformation while we accompany them on their journey from poverty towards resilience. Timothy Albright, ECHO COO Video...
  20. 2018-11-13 CTI very brief history and video presentation of equipment for small farmer post-harvest processing by grinding dry solids to flour, harvest and processing groundnuts and recovery of clean seed from harvested dry millet. Richard Fulmer Background in chemistry, biochemistry and food processing;...
  21. 2018-11-14 How do we move from knowledge to practice? Theories from sociology point to the importance of strong relational ties for transferring information. This presentation provides a case study on the relationship between the World Agroforestry Center and Vi Agroforestry in western Kenya. Based on...
  22. 2018-11-13 This workshop will be a time to think through and talk about educating and raising the most important resource that God has given us, our children, in a culture other than the one that their parents have come from. What are some of the challenges? What is best for each child? Although each...
  23. 2018-11-13 The presentation will provide an overview of biochar production and urine diversion technologies. Particular attention will be given to recent developments and related issues. Following the overview the discussion will focus on the potential urine-related uses of biochar. Dr. Barry Gutwein Dr....
  24. 2018-11-15 This hands-on workshop will include making and applying two natural farming products. First, we will make a small batch of indigenous microorganism (IMO) parent culture and show what it looks like to step it up to a liquid. Then we will apply IMO liquid to treat the deep litter pig system....

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