This collection of resources focuses on topics and organizations to be referenced during the 2019 ECHO International Agriculture Conference.  As presentations are completed each day, we will make pdfs of the slides available in the Presentations link below.  Videos of the plenary presentations will be added after  Conference.

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  1. Presentations and Videos from the ECHO International Agriculture Conferences Full-length videos of the conference plenary sessions is available as well as presentation slides for many sessions.
  2. Seeds naturally have a place in almost any endeavor having to do with agricultural development. Seeds of most food plants are small and, as such, are more easily transported and can be shipped longer distances than vegetative cuttings. For the farmer, seeds represent the promise of a continued...
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  4. A fence represents a major investment on the small farm. Although it carries a cost, it also provides something of benefit, namely protection. It is often a challenge to small farmers to increase farm production, such as crop yield, and the use of fences can facilitate such improvements. Whereas...
  5. Biochar is the carbonaceous solid product of biomass pyrolysis which can be used as chemical feedstock for various purposes such as energy production, and adsorption of pollutants. In particular, application of biochar to the soil is gaining greater interests, which can reduce fertilizer...
  6. An agricultural value chain is a system of people that work in various stages in crop production. The value chain contains every person that works to get the crops from the farm where they were planted, to the consumer that will end up eating them. -- SAWBO Please note that the links listed...
  7. Underutilizedcropsare often indigenous ancientcropspecies which are still used at some level within the local, national or even international communities, but have the potential to contribute further to the mix of food sources than they currently do. Connect to Conversations aboutUnderutilized...
  8. ViewBooks about Aflatoxin
  9. "Food safety is linked, directly or indirectly, to the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those pertaining to ending hunger and poverty, and promoting good health and well-being. Food and nutritional security is realised only when essential elements of a...
  10. Often the biggest challenge faced by a tropical farmer is not in the production of a crop but rather in the preservation of the crop. Farmers may want to preserve a crop for future consumption or for sale at a time when the market will offer a higher price. ViewConversations about Solar Drying...
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  13. From FAO Field Manual : There are several ways of vegetative propagation. The three main types in forest tree propagation are grafting, air-layering and the use of cuttings. The three types are referred to as macropropagation, as alternative to micropropagation or tissue culture. Propagation by...
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  15. FAO : In nearly all countries of the world bees and their products are not only well known and have wide consumer preference, but provide sustainable livelihoods to many small-scale farmers and other rural and non-rural people. Bees offer a large potential with minimal investments. As an...
  16. In simplest language, agroforestry is the production of trees and of non-tree crops or animals on the same piece of land. The crops can be grown together at the same time, can be grown in rotation, or can even be grown in separate plots when materials from one are used to benefit another....
  17. The Moringa tree, known also as the Horseradish Tree, is native to northwestern India. Moringa is widely grown, however, in other parts of the old- and new-world tropics, including tropical Asia, many regions of Africa, Indonesia, and South and Central America. Moringa has a variety of uses. Its...
  18. Appropriate Technology Technical Notes describe simple, small-scale technologies aimed at improving people's access to food, water, and shelter.Each document introduces and explains the general concept behind the technological solution, some even include instructions of how to construct your own....
  19. Transformational Developmentis the process through which children, families and communities identify and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from living life in all its fullness. - World Vision Transformation involves fundamental change, which in the context of sustainability, requires...
  20. Understanding the types of soil present in a location and how to work with the soil to maintain and improve its biological potential is essential to sustainable food production. Please note that the links listed below may lead to additional resourceswhich havenot yet been added tothis...
  21. In every region of the world it is necessary to find or develop appropriate techniques for agriculture. A large part of the surface of the world is arid, characterized as too dry for conventional rain fed agriculture. Yet, millions of people live in such regions, and if current trends in...
  22. Syntropic farming is an attempt to produce food and/or cash crops, and at the same time to rehabilitate and regenerate the land. The promises of syntropic farming are many: large yields; multiple income streams; optimal use of land; no need for external inputs; improved soil quality; minimal...
  23. The word permaculture, coined by its co-founder Bill Mollison, is formed from the words “permanent” and “agriculture.” The concept of permaculture is difficult to explain in just a few words, because the term is used to describe (usually simultaneously) both a worldview/philosophy for living on...
  24. Larvae of the black solder fly (Hermetia illucens) are a popular protein source for animal feed. Ian Banks, working in research and development with Agriprotein, shared several characteristics that make black soldier fly larvae good candidates for mass-rearing (Thomas 2017a). The larvae are...
  25. Research posters are effective visual tools that help present information in concise and interpretive ways. Yearly at ECHO's International Agriculture Conference, postersthat pertain to tropical agriculture and development are presented by ECHO staff and conference delagates. These include...