About the Impact Center

ECHO Forum in Sierra Leone Rescheduled

Please Note: We are pleased to annouce new dates for the first ECHO Form in Sierra Leone

The ECHO West Impact Center seeks to extend the services of ECHO to help those working with the poor in West Africa to be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture. Functioning primarily as a technical support organization the Impact Center is helping community development organizations and workers operate more effectively.


  • Hosting conferences and forums which offer training and networking opportunities to network members;
  • Facilitating regular regional workshops in West African countries, often in partnership with local organizations, to provide technical training and networking opportunities to the network;
  • Providing a wide range of technical resources through ECHOcommunity.org and from the office located in Burkina Faso;
  • Offering technical responses to network members inquiring with agriculture and community development questions;
  • Offering consultations to network members on a case-by-case basis;
  • Involvement in regionally important research and information dissemination.





Robert Sanou

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Tel: +226 25370054
Tel: +226 73679902

West Africa Updates

In the network now: West African trainers meet for Foundations for Farming Training 2017-01-24

Knowing a subject is not enough to train on it, training adults requires specific competencies. This week in Burkina Faso, key trainers from across West Africa are meeting to improve their knowledge about the Foundations for Farming (FFF) method, and to improve their skills in sharing knowledge with others.

Trainers at the event represent the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, and Senegal. Representing NGOs, Churches, bi-vocational training centers, and independent farms, these participants have taken up the challenge of training at least 30 others per year for the next five years. In order to participate they have agreed to provide a quarterly report on their activities, and follow up with the people that they have trained.

Skilled trainers from The Beer-Sheba Project in Senegal are sharing their experience with FFF, and expertise in the training of trainers. The Beer-Sheba Project combines a sustainable agro-forestry program together with holistic training and an agricultural resource center for young Senegalese farmers. Over the past 14 years the project has trained 97 interns and restored over 100 hectares of farm land through natural regeneration.

Foundations for Farming is a very simple conservation farming method with an implementation management teaching.  This method is based on four key principles:

  1. On Time - Effective farming requires tasks (such as planting and weeding) to be done promptly at the right time
  2. At Standard - Effective farming requires tasks to be done to a standard of excellence with exact measurements
  3. No Waste - Effective farming requires avoiding wasting resources, energy and opportunities
  4. With Joy - Effective farming requires a good attitude and a joyful heart

For more information about events available to ECHOcommunity Network members check out the ECHOcommunity calendar. If your organization is providing an event or training, you can list it for free

Upcoming events: West Africa

ECHO Sierra Leone Forum 2017
Tue, 28 February 2017 » Thu, 2 March 2017

Hill Valley Hotel, Sierra Leone

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 morning...

Forum à Kindia en Guinée Conakry
Tue, 7 March 2017 » Thu, 9 March 2017

Friguiagbé, Guinea

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 partage...

ECHO Second Nigeria Forum
Tue, 21 March 2017 » Thu, 23 March 2017

Calvary ministries (CAPRO) Conference auditorium, Nigeria

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 ...

About West Africa

More than 31 million people in West Africa are considered to be undernourished. This is down more than 30% from the early 1990's, but with one in four still unacceptably nourished, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region of the world with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. (http://www.fao.org/hunger/)

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