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  1. 2015-12-09 My wife, Melissa, and I first learned of ECHO and the training courses offered after we applied for a development position in Zambia with Presbyterian World Mission. Although my background is in agriculture and banking here in the U.S., I wanted to acquire more specific knowledge which would...
     
  2. 2015-11-24 Lessons and Practices from Community Health and Community Animal Health Programs ECHO Technical Note #83 By: Brian Flanagan as a USAID-funded Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS; www.meas.illinois.edu) project Active learning and exchange of knowledge are key to farmer adoption of...
     
  3. 2015-10-28 In This Issue: Permaculture In Development: An introduction to permaculture and its application in agriculture development From ECHO's Seed Bank: Inca nut (Plukenetia volubilis) Books, Websites and Other Resources (See PDF Version) Download EDN 129 Excerpt:Permaculture In Development: An...
     
  4. 2015-10-12 As a leader within an international forest restoration network, FORRU oversees four major project sites in Thailand: working with the National Forest and Park service in Northern Thailand, working with bird habitat conservation in Southern Thailand, restoring natural corridors for elephant...
     
  5. 2015-09-09 The 22nd annualECHO International Agriculture Conferencewill be held in Fort Myers, Florida, USA from November 17-19. In order to make the conference more accessible to everyone earlybird pricing is available through September 30.
     
  6. 2015-07-22 In This Issue: Carbon Farming: Building Soils and Stabilizing the Climate Farmer Engagement in Agriculture Extension Echoes from our Network: Negotiating two seemingly contradictory understandings of cooperatives From ECHO’s Seed Bank: Naranjilla Excerpt:Carbon Farming: Building Soils and...
     
  7. 2015-06-16 "Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculturewith hydroponics in a symbiotic environment." (Wikipedia) By combining these two systems farmers are able to increase their yield, decrease costs and deal sustainably with some of the challenges of hydroculture. In...  
  8. 2015-05-19 Mulch is a protective covering of organic material laid over the soil around plants to prevent erosion, retain moisture, and to enrich soil. Paper mulch, made of magazines, boxes and other paper materials, is laid on top of traditional materials such as grass, fruit peels and leaves. This...
     
  9. 2015-05-05 Excerpt:Private Service Providers: Preferred by Smallholders Like all farmers, smallholder farmers require support services to provide production inputs, to market surplus production and to contribute other services like contract mechanization (for land preparation, post-harvest processing,...
     
  10. 2015-04-06 Two new field experiments are being established this month at ECHO’s Global Demonstration Farm in southwest Florida. Both studies involve tropical legumes, which provide farmers with a source ofgreen manure, grain, and/or animal fodder.