July 2019


Agroforestry: Designing for Impact

July 15, 2019 16:42 - July 19, 2019 16:42

ECHO Global Research and Demonstration Farm, USA

Agroforestry is the agricultural practice of combining the management of annual crops and/or animals with trees. Agroforestry systems, largely composed of perennial crops, offer the resilience needed to address extreme climatic issues such as drought and torrential rain, along with social and economic factors that influence agricultural production of small-scale farmers.  

This five-day course will introduce students to key agroforestry concepts, allow them to see the various agroforestry and perennial cropping systems at ECHO, and provide hands-on experience in agroforestry. A few of the agroforestry systems that will be included in the course are: Food Forests, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, micro-woodlots, Home gardens, and Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT).  

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September 2019


Small-scale seed production and utilization

September 16, 2019 13:00 - September 20, 2019 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 five-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.

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November 2019


ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2019

November 19, 2019 15:58 - November 21, 2019 15:58

Crowne Plaza Hotel , United States
Presented By: ECHO Inc

A  three day conference that will discuss challenges facing small scale farmers and development workers in the tropics.

Each day is broken into a morning of plenary speakers at the hotel and an afternoon of workshops on the ECHO Global Demonstration Farm. Thursday night closes with a banquet dinner. 

You can watch videos of the Plenary Speakers from last year's conference here

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