February 2017


Curso: Producción agroecológica de Huevo

February 23, 2017 00:00 - February 25, 2017 00:00

Centro de agroecología y permacultura, Mexico
Presented By: Las Cañadas

La idea de este curso es aprender de las experiencias del "Módulo de gallinas ponedoras de Las Cañadas”, que propone un manejo que favorece el bienestar de las gallinas y una alimentación sana para lograr una buena producción de huevo de alta calidad nutritiva.

ECHO Sierra Leone Forum 2017

February 28, 2017 07:00 - March 02, 2017 19:00

Hill Valley Hotel, Sierra Leone
Presented By: ECHO West Africa

Event Rescheduled!

We are excited to announce that the first ECHO Sierra Leone Forum has a new date in February.

We are pleased to inform you that ECHO is organizing a forum on sustainable agriculture in Freetown.

This ECHO forum aims the bring knowledge and to strengthen networking for the benefit of people fighting against hunger, poverty and those serving the poor in Africa trough agriculture and appropriate technologies. Plenary sessions will be conducted during three mornings by persons of high knowledge from Sierra Leone and from the West African region and will be followed by workshops in the afternoon. Here are some of the important and interesting topics that will be discussed during this time of learning: Moringa production and uses, value addition on Cassava, Farming God’s Way, business planning for small scale farmers, village saving and loan association etc. The discussion groups will be led by regional agriculture officials and experts including yourself if you would like to share anything during the forum.

Check in: February 27, 2017
Training: February 28 - March 2, 2017
Post-Forum Tour: March 3, 2017 (optional)

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March 2017


Las Cañadas Un proyecto de vida rura

March 06, 2017 00:00 - March 11, 2017 00:00

Centro de Agroecología y Permacultura Las Cañadas, Mexico
Presented By: Las Cañadas

En 1987 compramos el predio del Rancho Las Cañadas (306 Has) y continuamos con la actividad de ganadería de carne que ya se practicaba; en 1995, decidimos cambiar el rumbo y vendimos todas las vacas de carne, liberando la tierra de la erosión y del mal manejo ganadero en las laderas, con esto comenzamos con un proceso de rediseño de todo el rancho que continuamos hasta el día de hoy.

Este rediseño lo hemos ido haciendo a lo largo de 21 años y ha sido en todos los aspectos: Ambiental, económico, espiritual, productivo, de infraestructura, de organización familiar y social, de educación de nuestros hijos y hacia el exterior, etc.

Por la duración del curso, no podemos profundizar en todos los temas, pero si visitaremos en vivo todos nuestros sistemas, para que tengas una idea integral de todo el sistema.

En este curso te queremos compartir toda esta experiencia en las diferentes áreas de nuestro proyecto, mostrándote lo que hicimos mal y no funcionó, así como nuestros éxitos y sueños a futuro, con la idea de facilitarte:

  • La comprensión en un complejo sistema de vida comunitaria en la vida real.
  • El que puedas lograr un sistema para ti y tu grupo (con todas las adecuaciones por las diferentes realidades) de una forma menos costosa en términos económicos, de tiempo y de desgaste social.

Forum à Kindia en Guinée Conakry

March 07, 2017 07:00 - March 09, 2017 19:00

Friguiagbé, Guinea
Presented By: ECHO

Ce forum ECHO vise le renforcement du réseautage au profit des personnes qui luttent contre la faim, la pauvreté et ceux qui servent les pauvres en Afrique. Les séances plénières se dérouleront pendant trois matinées par des personnes ressources de la Guinée et de la région ouest-africaine et seront suivies par des ateliers dans l'après-midi. Les groupes de discussion seront animés par des fonctionnaires et des experts de l'agriculture régionales, y compris vous-même si vous souhaitez partager quoi que ce soit au cours du forum. Contactez-nous aux adresses se trouvant au bas de la page.

DATES DU FORUM - Du 07 au 09 Mars, 2017
Arrivée: Le 06 Mars 2017
Formation: 07, 08, 09 Mars 2017
Visite de terrain: 10 Mars

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Encuentro Mexicano de Guardianes de Semillas' en Comunidad Biointensiva

March 18, 2017 00:00 - March 19, 2017 00:00

Rancho Via Organica, Mexico
Presented By: Marisol Tenorio

El encuentro tiene como propósito reunir iniciativas y organizaciones mexicanas relacionadas con la defensa de las semillas para proponer alternativas, establecer estrategias conjuntas y avanzar en articulación, a fin de crear vínculos de apoyo que nos refuercen.

Es necesario llenar registro para apartar lugar.

ECHO Second Nigeria Forum

March 21, 2017 07:00 - March 23, 2017 19:00

Calvary ministries (CAPRO) Conference auditorium, Nigeria
Presented By: ECHO West Africa & CAPRO

After the great success of the last ECHO forum in Ibadan/Nigeria, ECHO WEST AFRICA has decided to continue its aim of empowering all actors in the agricultural area (development actors, agricultural actors, farmers, peasants…) with knowledge and appropriate technologies in the city of Jos. The ultimate goal of ECHO is to help people fighting against hunger, poverty and those serving the poor in Africa trough agriculture and appropriate technologies and also to strengthen networking among the different actors.

This forum will be articulated around plenary sessions in the morning, followed by workshops in the afternoon. Here are some of the important and interesting topics that will be discussed during this time of learning:  Useful Plants in Africa: The case of Artemisia and Moringa,  Value Chain, Farming God’s way, Agribusiness Development, The Basics of Biogas for small Holders farming, Evangelism through social Engagement, Post-Harvest Preservation of grains, Pesticides applications and Challenges…

 The discussion groups will be led by regional agriculture officials and experts including yourself if you would like to share anything during the forum.

Check-in: March 20th, 2017
Training: March 21st - March 23rd
Post-Forum Tour: March 24th

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April 2017


Curso: Manejo de abejas sin aguijón

April 19, 2017 00:00 - April 22, 2017 00:00

Centro de agroecología y Permacultura , México
Presented By: Las Cañadas

Las abejas sin aguijón (también llamados Meliponinos) representan un grupo de insectos altamente sociales, con colonias perennes y habitantes de zonas tropicales y subtropicales. Su importancia destaca desde la ambiental como polinizadores hasta la parte productiva, pasando por los aspectos sociales, tradicionales, de inclusión de género, explotación no maderable del bosque, entre otros.

Este curso pretende dar las bases biológicas, así como los parámetros a seguir en la iniciación del cultivo de estas abejas; revisando para ello, la parte histórica de la actividad, la instalación del meliponario, multiplicación, cuidado y división de las colonias y una semblanza de la producción y comercialización sustentable.

Permaculture Design Certification Course

April 25, 2017 00:00 - May 08, 2017 00:00

Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center, Costa Rica
Presented By: Rancho Mastatal

Join Ranco Mastatal's diverse team of permaculture instructors Scott Gallant, Mitch Haddad, Santiago Miranda, Rachel Jackson, Sam Kenworthy, and Laura Killingbeck for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions.  Putting Permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, farming and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.

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May 2017


Seed Saving: A Practical Overview for Small-scale Seed Banking

May 09, 2017 14:12 - May 11, 2017 14:12

ECHO Global Farm, USA
Presented By: ECHO

ECHO offers over 350 varieties in its Florida seed bank requiring diverse approaches to growing, processing, and storing seeds. This three-day course will begin in ECHO’s seed production plots to help participants better understand how crops are managed and harvested. Techniques related to both wet and dry processing of seeds will be practiced, as well as, essential tasks such as germination testing. Long-term seed storage approaches including vacuum sealing and cold storage will be explored, emphasis will be placed on seed saving technologies and approaches for challenging tropical locations.

 

ECHO DOES NOT PROVIDE VISA INVITATION LETTERS FOR COURSES

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ECHO Asia Nepal Agriculture and Community Development Workshop

May 22, 2017 09:00 - May 24, 2017 17:00

Annandaban Training Facility, Nepal
Presented By: ECHO Asia, Medical Teams International & Shanti Nepal

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July 2017


Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics

July 24, 2017 00:00 - July 28, 2017 00:00

ECHO Campus, United States
Presented By: ECHO

Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. There will also be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Course content is presented from a biblical perspective. 

Who the course is for:

This course will especially benefit those who are considering short- or long-term involvement in international agricultural development work. It can also be of benefit to those who have been on the field doing development work for a few years but who would like to take a step back and re-evaluate their approach. Those who could benefit from this course include short-term or career missionaries, international project volunteers (e.g. Peace Corps), leaders of relief-oriented organizations, or missions committee leaders of churches involved in agricultural projects overseas. 

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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Asia Conference 2017 Poster Session Announcement and Guidelines

July 31, 2017 17:40 - July 31, 2017 17:40

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference in Chiang Mai will feature a poster session. This will provide conference attendees with another way, in addition to a talk or workshop, to share and exchange information. If you plan to attend the conference in October 2017, please consider creating a poster for display at the conference venue. Your poster can then be viewed by other conference delegates at their leisure, as well as during designated times for poster presenters and other conference attendees to interact. There will also be an opportunity, during a late-afternoon or evening session, to give a five-minute oral summary of your poster. 

Below are some specifics on how to participate in our conference poster session.

Poster categories

Posters should relate to small-scale agriculture or community development. Practices and techniques presented should be those that are affordable and that can be implemented with local resources. We are looking for posters that fall within the following categories:

Research summaries

These posters relay information on findings learned from varying levels of experimentation. This is a good fit for scientists, graduate students, or student researchers. It is also a good fit for development practitioners to present knowledge gained from farmer field trials, observation trials conducted on project sites, or results of various surveys.

Development project summaries

This type of poster is less research-oriented, presenting lessons learned from the implementation of agriculture-related development projects. For example, a poster could shed light on the effectiveness of a particular development approach, crop production practice, or appropriate technology.

Crop evaluations

This is a distinct category focused on crops. Featured crops could include cereal grains, multipurpose trees, fruits, vegetables, forages, legumes, Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) or any other category of plants that have been found to improve the lives of farmers and gardeners. Whether the information is gleaned from a research or development project, this is a good way to share insights on how well a crop has performed or been adapted by farmers in your part of the world.

ECHO Asia Conference Poster Presentation ExamplePoster Sample

An Example Poster
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Presenter responsibilities

Applicants must complete the Poster Registration form before July 31, 2017. 

Abstracts should consist of a 3-5 sentence description of your poster; as far as a maximum length, we ask that they be no longer than 250 words. Providing this information in a timely manner will allow us to promote the poster session in our conference program booklet. Additionally the poster presenter form will provide an opportunity for you to indicate whether or not you are okay with your poster being posted - as a PDF - on this or other websites after the conference.

We also ask that each presenter be responsible for developing, printing, and bringing their own poster to the conference. This includes any expenses incurred. ECHO will provide the space and materials (e.g. easels, tape, push-pins. etc.) to display your poster. Below are some general guidelines and resources for developing a poster.

Printed poster preparation guidelines

Use of PowerPoint

Most commonly, posters that will be printed are prepared on a single PowerPoint slide. It is important to know beforehand where you can have your poster printed. Students and scientists often have access to printers at their college or university. Alternatively, websites such as www.posterpresentations.com or www.makesigns.com/sciPosters_Templates.aspx provide printing services as well as PowerPoint templates that can be downloaded free of charge. Paper sizes that can be run through a printer will determine which page setup options you select in PowerPoint. To be able to accommodate everyone’s poster, we would prefer that a poster not exceed 120 cm (48 inches) in width or height. We encourage you to use the dimensions of 48X36 inches if you are able to print that size. There are numerous publications online that give instructions on how to prepare a poster in PowerPoint. One such document, entitled Create a Poster in PowerPoint 2010, is found at http://www.emich.edu/apc/guides/apcposterpowerpoint2010.pdf.

Design considerations

  • Presenters are free to be creative as far as background and color choices. The main consideration to keep in mind is readability. Keep the following in mind:
    • A text color that contrasts well with the background color will help the words stand out. Black text on a white background, for instance, works well.
    • Present information clearly and simply. People will be less likely to read your poster if it has too many words. Consider using colored graphs or photos in place of long numerical tables.
    • Keep the layout from being too crowded. Leave a 2.5 cm (1 in.) border around the edges and ample spaces around text boxes.
  • Keep body text left-aligned or fully justified; do not right-justify the text.
  • Use conventional fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, or Tahoma, and only use one or two fonts. For a display poster developed from a single PowerPoint slide, suggested font sizes are 72-120 points for the title and 24-48 points for body text. Headings of more than six words should be in upper and lower case instead of all capitals. Never write whole sentences in all capitals or underline; use bold characters to stress your point.
  • Bullets are a great way to make a simple and clear point.
  • Do not attempt to put too much information on your poster! The poster should give enough information to the viewer to explain the gist and then allow the viewer to gather more information from the presenter one-on-one.
  • Spell check and proof-read before printing a final version.
  • A document entitled Poster-making 101 contains much more advice on design considerations and is found at http://abacus.bates.edu/~bpfohl/posters/.

Poster elements

Each poster should have the following blocks of information:

  • Title and Authors: This information is shown at the top of the poster. Any organizational logos are often shown here as well.
  • Background and Introduction: This section presents the “why” of your research or project. Provide a sense of context, including the location in which your work was done. Explain a problem (e.g., crop production constraints in a given area) or set of issues that your research or development project addresses.
  • Purpose or Objectives: Present a short list of primary objectives, or a single over-arching goal of the work presented.
  • Methodology: This section presents the “how” of your work. It is impossible with a poster to go into too many specifics. In broad terms, though, describe materials used, how the study or project was implemented, and how information and data were gathered and processed.
  • Results: Here is where important findings are presented. In addition to brief statements, this section can also contain supporting tables, graphs and/or photos.
  • Conclusions or Outcomes: Based on the findings presented in the Results section, outline conclusions or outcomes. This could involve listing key take-a-ways that you want people to remember and/or implications of your work to smallholder farmers. It is okay to have a combined Results and Conclusions or Results and Outcomes section.

Oral Poster Preparation Guidelines

During one of the evening sessions, there will be a brief time to present your poster to other conference delegates. Each presenter will be given 3 minutes to summarize their poster, with 2 additional minutes allotted for questions and answers. In order to accommodate all presenters, these guidelines will remain quite rigid, so we ask that you keep to the point. As with the printed poster, keep everything simple and short. Three minutes is enough time to present key points, but not enough to go deeply into long tables or complex graphs.

Click here to see an example poster session presentation.

 

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August 2017


Introduction to Community Development

August 14, 2017 00:00 - August 18, 2017 00:00

ECHO Campus, United States
Presented By: ECHO

As an agricultural change agent, where do you start? How might you ensure that development efforts will be relevant, realistic, and community-owned? This five-day course will cover the basics of effective community development. Using proven participatory methods, experienced community development workers will introduce attendees to basic tools that can enable development workers and focus communities to survey local assets and needs- utilizing feedback, participants will practice prioritizing interventions. The fundamentals of project management cycles (implementation, monitoring, and reporting) will be discussed alongside the topics of finances and fundraising.

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October 2017


6th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference

October 03, 2017 08:00 - October 06, 2017 15:00

Holiday Garden Hotel & Resort (www.holidaygardenhotelandresort.com), THAILAND
Presented By: ECHO Asia Impact Center

Asia Conference logo 2017The 6th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference will take place on October 3-6, 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Our conference theme "Improving Lives" expresses our desire to partner with you as we train, equip, and grow our network to impact the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their families across Asia. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can  make a real and sustainable difference.

Come join us for 3-days of plenary speakers, workshops, a poster session, paper submission and proceedings, and a seed exchange, followed by a 1-day site visit!

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