Member Profile: Mr. Karim Soré 2018-03-06

Mr. Karim Soré works as a facilitator with AZN (Association of Zooram Nongtaaba) in Guié, and lives in the village of Goèma, located in the province of Sanematenga. Karim works with a small group of farmers who do not readily embrace change when it comes to the way in which they have always practiced agriculture. Because of this, Karim decided to demonstrate these FFF techniques in the field that the village had given him.

West Africa  

EDN Issue 138 - Now Available 2018-02-14

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Yellow Shoot, Green Fruit: Citrus Greening Disease Guidance for Citrus growers in the tropics

from interviews with Tim Gast and Tim Watkins, summarized by Stacy Reader

Excerpt: Bacteria in the genus Candidatus Liberibacter have caused a decline in citrus trees around the globe. The bacteria clog the sugar transport system (phloem) of a tree, effectively destroying the tree’s ability to send synthesized starches from the leaves to the roots. The roots die without access to the simple starches that are their food. The compromised root system is then unable to supply leaves with sufficient water and nutrients. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure for the disease. However, we now have more hope that we can help trees recover from and grow out of the disease than we used to.

With multiple requests for information about widespread citrus decline, we decided to learn more about its potential cause and practical management tools. We interviewed Tim Gast, Citrus Production Manager at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, and Tim Watkins, Head of Agricultural Operations at ECHO Florida’s Global Farm.

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Jack Bean as an effective GMCC in East Africa 2018-02-06

East African farmers Kaneli and Happiness Mafie are combating this soil erosion and improving moisture retention by planting Canavalia Ensiformis, known as "Jack Bean." Canavalia, is a cover crop that is highly encouraged to farmers for increasing nitrogen levels in the soil and providing shade for the soil.

East Africa   GMCC   Green Manure Cover...   Jackbean  

Biosphere Foundation: Report on seed trials 2018-01-30

In 2012 Biosphere Foundation in conjunction with various local community organization and LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Science) started to carry out relevant research activities. These activities included research into agricultural improvement in the farms surrounding the National Park that would utilize sustainable methods to increase crop production using an agroforestry approach.


The study aimed to optimize agricultural production both in the monsoon season and the dry season to improve the economic condition of farmers and increase food and fodder production. All parts of the research were carried out using a system of participatory research with the farmers themselves taking part in the set up and collection of data. All crops were tested without any use of pesticides and with locally obtained cow manure as fertilizer.

The crops used for testing or incorporation into a demonstration model were selected on the basis that they have one or many of the following properties:


  1. Drought hardiness
  2. Nitrogen fixing properties
  3. Were marketable locally
  4. Were improved varieties of crops already familiar to the farmer
  5. Were potential products that could be marketed in Bali

Asia   Chaya   African Moringa   Yard long Bean   Chickpea   Tomatoes   Millet   Sorghum bicolor   Sorghum   Winged Bean   Cowpea   Roselle   eggplant   Sunn Hemp   Velvet Bean   Bali  

Photo Story: Amazing FFF 2018-01-16

This photo story submitted by Robert Sanou
Caption: In Africa we say that there is just some information that we can’t keep to ourselves.

The farmer in the photo planted two separate fields of millet, one using the FFF method (left) and the other using the traditional method (right).

Just amazing!


West Africa   FFF   Foundations For Fa...  

Fighting for Farms on the Island of Bali – Overcoming a Major Insect Pest 2018-01-07

Guest post by Patrick Trail

With the threat of eruption of the menacing Mt. Agung volcano looming in the background (which has since erupted), and the evacuation of numerous communities from its slopes, I could understand how people might be willing to leave their homes and vacate their farms. What was more shocking however, was learning that something far smaller and seemingly benign, a local insect pest known as Gayes, could have caused farmers in the same area to have abandoned their fields long before the threat of any volcanic eruption.

Happy New Year! 2017-12-27

Thank you for being a part of the ECHOcommunity!  YOU are the reason that we keep building and enhancing this special resource on plants, practices, and appropriate technologies.  When you are able to more readily discover the ideas and information that you need, our purpose is fulfilled and your impact grows.  And when you choose to share your successes and challenges through ECHOcommunity, other people can benefit from your experience…and their impact grows.

Reflections at Christmastime 2017-12-21

ECHO staff member Renee Gill reflects on the plight of refugees as we remember the first Christmas.

Internship applications are now being accepted for our July and October 2018 positions! 2017-12-05

Since accepting its first intern in 1981, ECHO has guided the professional development of more than 245 interns.

ECHO’s Internship is a paid, 14-month program. It provides an opportunity for professional and personal growth for college graduates pursuing a career in international community development, with a focus on small-scale tropical agriculture and appropriate technologies. The internship program provides hands-on training on ECHO’s tropical demonstration farm in Florida. Interns contribute to ECHO's global ministry and develop basic skills in small-scale agriculture, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, public speaking, managing volunteers, and more. Interns also participate in seminars and field trainings in a wide range of agriculture and community development topics.

Youth Agroecology Short Film - "My Name is Lee" by Emma Bailey 2017-11-17

This short film was selected as one of the top eight entries in the Youth Agroecology Short Film Competition, a collaboration between the Agroecology Learning Alliance in Southeast Asia and the Luang Prabang Film Festival. Selected from dozens of submissions from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, these films address issues of sustainable farming, the environment, and agroecology, as well as the role that youth can play in leading a much-needed agricultural revolution in the Mekong region.