This center was was developed to provide ECHO services to help those in East Africa who work with the poor more effectively, especially in the area of agriculture and alternative methods. ECHO East Africa works as a basic training center giving technical assistance to help organizations and community development workers to work more effectively to reduce hunger.
Conduct research and development on locally appropriate sustainable agriculture practices
Collaborate with, and provide networking opportunities for, development agencies working in East Africa
Provide garden displays and demonstrations of agricultural options
Provide agricultural resources for study
Demonstrate alternative training methods, including creative collaboration and exhibitions
The ECHO seed bank provides packaged seeds, as well as seed exchange opportunities and seed conservation education.
Training for home gardens (organic gardens, kitchen gardens, gardens, bags and manufacture of peat)
Training and visits to fruit tree nurseries
Organization of conferences, workshops, forums, exchange visits, and training in best practices
Network between farmers and other development partners
ECHO East Africa Impact Center
P O Box 15205
East Africa Updates
Fill It Full: A Simple Way to Reduce Weevil Damage in Maize Seed Stored in Airtight Containers 2021-09-27
Postharvest losses inflicted by insect pests in stored grains represent major challenge smallholder farmers face in the global South. The maize weevil (Sitophiluszeamais) is one of the most important postharvest pests in maize. With dry maize stored in woven polypropylene bags, Likhayo et al. (2018) found that insect pests (maize weevils and another maize pest called the lesser grain borer [Prostephanus truncatus]) reduced grain weight by 36%. Such losses threaten farmers’ food security and overall financial stability.
Food insecurity has increased significantly in East Africa due to the rapid increase in population, with an increase of 150% by 2050. Over 40% of children in East Africa are malnourished. The largest number of these children are orphaned and living in difficult circumstances. Most of the rural population lives in poverty, relying on a subsistence lifestyle. Some of the reasons for this situation include:
A High rate of loss of yield
Underdeveloped, weak markets, farmers lack the infrastructure to improve thier value chains
Minority farmers and herdsmen in the region, don't have adequate access to agricultural services, continuing education or access to formal training
Increased pressure forcing families to cultivate a little land, which results in land degradation and loss of sustainability in food production
If you are driving North from Arusha, it is 15 km north of the city along A104 (the main road). After you see Mount Meru University on the right, the office will be another half km north and on the right-hand side of the road.
If you are driving South from Nairobi, it is 96 km south of the Namanga border crossing along A104 (the main road). As you see Mount Meru getting closer, pay attention and look for the Habari Maalum Station which will be on the left-hand side of the road.
If you come via public transportation, ride the bus (dala dala) from Arusha to Ngaramtoni; then take another bus from Ngaramtoni to the Habari Maalum Radio Station. Guards and staff will be happy to give you directions to the front door of the ECHO office.
ECHOcommunity.org is the online collaborative membership community of ECHO, an international nonprofit organization. ECHO exists to reduce hunger and improve lives through agricultural training and resources. Working through regional impact centers around the world ECHO connects small-scale farmers, and those working to eliminate world hunger, with essential resources, and each other. These resources include a vast knowledgebase of practical information, experienced technical support and an extensive seed bank focused on highly beneficial underutilized plants.