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  1. The world needs to produce an estimated 60 percent more food by 2050 to ensure global food security, and it must do so while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base. Water is a major input in the provision of food – from production in the field through all the steps in the value chain....  
  2. Key Resource This article is from ECHO Asia Note # 31. Saving your own seeds can be a cost-effective way to access crop seed for future planting and to help maintain the planet’s plant biodiversity. Whether you plant your own saved seeds, give them away to friends and neighbors, or distribute them through...  
  3. Key Resource So you want to help people in the tropics. Beautiful! The tropics are waiting for you. No matter what your abilities, you can make life better for others in the tropics. Your concern for the physical and spiritual well-being of people can be translated into fruitful service. Your first asset is...  
  4. From March 1-3, 2016 ECHO East Africa hosted a sumposium in Nanyuki, Kenya on Best Practices in Pastoralist Areas. This meeting's aims were to disscuss ways in whichtto reduce poverty, hunger and physical hardship by engaging pastoralists more effectively to adapt their pastoralist systems: to...  
  5. Access Agriculture Training Video Introduction to sustainable land management practices which have a proven track record in Africa. They can help control land degradation and improve production for small scale farmers, despite the challenges of climate change. Available languages Bemba Chitonga...  
  6. Access Agriculture Training Video Live barriers are made up of lines of native grass, bushes and trees. The native plants are adapted to living with little water and they withstand the strong winds. Available languages Arabic Aymara Bambara English French Kiswahili Luganda Peulh / Fulfuldé /...  
  7. Access Agriculture Training Video Stone lines induce a natural process of terracing as they trap sediments. Stone lines or stone bunds can slow down runoff, increase water infiltration and form the basis for improved production in semi-arid areas. By using the contours of low slopes water...  
  8. 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...  
  9. Access Agriculture Training Video In the semi-arid savannas where rainfall is limited and highly unpredictable, retaining more water in the soil can make the difference between a poor and a good harvest. You can slow down the runoff water by establishing contour bunds. Contour bunds are permanent...  
  10. The brooder is heated by a regular electric light bulb, placed under the brooder floor. Depending on the temperature rise required, the wattage of the light bulb will have to be chosen by experimentation. The metal floor and roof prevent predators such as rats from entering the brooder. If...