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September 14-18, 2020
ECHO Global Farm
17391 Durrance Road
North Fort Myers Florida 33917 USA


Those interested in preparing for short to long-term involvement in international agriculture development are encouraged to participate in this five-day course.  Topics and discussions will be centered on improved food security and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.  Participants will be introduced to the complexities related to poverty and community development.  They will also be introduced to principles and practices that contribute toward maintaining healthy and productive soil as well as improved water management and crop production (e.g., annuals and perennials). The vital role of livestock and appropriate technology is also incorporated into the course. During the week, activities will include presentations, farm-based practicums, consultations with ECHO staff and opportunities for research in the ECHO Resource Library. 

What is offered:

This course covers a broad range of topics relevant to those starting out in agricultural development in a tropical environment.  The purpose of this class is to expose you to several different ideas and concepts.  Although a significant amount of time will be spent looking at examples on the ECHO Farm, given the breadth of topics covered, extensive hands-on farm work should not be an expectation of taking this course.

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Regular Registration Fee: $695.00

Regular Spouse Rate: $520.00 

Early Bird Rate: $645

Spouse Early Bird Rate: $495

Registration fees include:

  • Week-long course
  • Meals (Sunday evening through Saturday morning).
  • Housing 

Registration does not include:

  • Transportation to or from the Airport

You can arrive on September 13th and stay through September 19th.