About the Impact Center

ECHO Asia Ag Operations Manager, Boonsong, discusses production with local partner in Myanmar


The ECHO Asia Foundation Thailand, a regional extension arm of ECHO Inc., exists to equip and empower workers in agriculture and community development so that they can be more effective in their work with smallholder farmers and the poor in Asia to improve food security and livelihoods.We do this by providing free resources, information, training, and seeds to our network members residing in Asia.

ECHO Asia Seed Bank Catalog 2019/2020 front page
2019/2020 Seed Catalog Now Available!

ECHO Asia Farm Biz Card Feb19

Services Offered

  • ECHO Asia Notes and News- technical articles on a wide variety of topics as well as information on upcoming events and happenings in the network. We currently translate these articles into 7 other regional languages including Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Indonesian, Hindi and Khmer. All of these resources are available here on ECHOcommunity.org
  • Sharing of new ideas & information- we desire to “ECHO” and promote good agricultural practices happening in Asia!
  • Hosting Agriculture and Community Development events- we routinely host regional and country-wide workshops with organizational partners in order to offer context-relevant information in local languages.
  • Cultivating seeds and sharing seed banking techniques! We currently produce a catalog of nearly 200 seeds from the Chiang Mai Thailand Seed Bank- a continuously expanding seed inventory is available and for sale on ECHOcommunity.org. Our members qualify for 10 free seed packets per year!
  • Partnering with our network to print expanded resources for sale and in our resource library. We have over 60 books available at cost at the office and a resource library of nearly 850!
  • Offering technical responses to field questions from network.
  • Providing on-site consultations for organizations and individuals.
  • Volunteer Opportunities & Internships are available to our network and those that wish to learn more about sustainable agriculture, seed banking, research and living cross-culturally. 

For more information please email us at echoasia@echocommunity.org

Tours and Training at the Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank

We are pleased to welcome visitors to our Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank in San Pa Pao, San Sai, Chiang Mai!

If you are interested in taking a tour or receiving training at our farm, please CLICK HERE to fill out our needs assessment survey.

After receiving your response, we will be better able to respond to the needs of your group! 

At this time, we are NOT open on the weekends, but we currently offer:
* Half Day Educational Farm Tours (Tuesday to Friday mornings only)
* 1 Day Workshops on One Focus Topic
* 3-5 day Trainings on Select Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development Practices

If you are interested in volunteering or interning at ECHO...or if you have any questions, please contact us directly at: asiahospitality@echocommunity.org

This map below can guide local drivers to our location. You can also CLICK HERE to be directed to the Google Maps link. 

ECHO Asia Farm Map Feb19



Dr. Ed Sabio, Director

Email Address



Mailing Address

Office: PO Box 64, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand

Physical Address

Office: 270/5 Tung Hotel Road Soi 6, T.Watgate, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank: San Pa Pao, San Sai, Chiang Mai 50210 Thailand

CLICK HERE for our Google Maps Link

ECHO Asia Impact Center Updates

State of Land in the Mekong Region - Brief 2019-12-02

Excerpt: The Mekong region lies at the intersection of Southeast, East and South Asia, between two Asian giants: China and India. It comprises five countries that host the bulk of the Mekong river watershed: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Mekong region is exceptional for its social and ecological richness. Home to 237 million people, the region includes 329 ethnic groups speaking 410 distinct languages, making the region one of the most ethnically-diverse in the world. The Mekong is also a global biodiversity hotspot, with a high degree of ecological and agricultural diversity.

The Mekong region has undergone rapid socio-economic growth over the past two decades alongside pronounced transformations in a number of key sectors. These changes have significantly altered relations between the rural majority and increasingly-affluent urban centres. Land—as both a foundation for national development and the livelihoods of millions of rural and agricultural communities—continues to play a central role in the Mekong region. In all five countries, smallholder farmers play a crucial role in the development of the agricultural sector and, through it, food security and economic growth. However, rural communities are being increasingly swept up into regional and global processes within which they are not always well-positioned to compete. Worse, they are often undermined by national policies that fail to ensure their rights or enable them to reap potential benefits.

Understanding the changing role and contribution of land to development is critical to inform policy, planning and practices toward a more sustainable future. The State of Land in the Mekong Region aims to contribute to a much-needed conversation between all stakeholders by bringing together data and information to identify and describe the key issues and processes revolving around land, serving as a basis for constructive dialogue and collaborative decision-making. The State of Land in the Mekong Region is structured around five domains: (1) the land-dependent people of the Mekong, including dynamics of rurality, agricultural employment and the on-going structural processes of demographic and agrarian transition; (2) the land resource base upon which this population depends, including land use and land cover, agricultural conditions and change, and the region’s natural capital; (3) the ways in which this land resource base is distributed across society, including smallholdings, large-scale land investments and other designations; (4) the security of land tenure, which depends on how land rights are recognized and formalized, and; (5) the conditions of governance and land administration that shape access to and control over land resources, including issues of transparency, equity, the rule-of-law and access to justice. The State of Land in the Mekong Region is framed by a number of key indicators within each domain and presents these on two levels. At the regional-level, it presents a comparative analysis of key indicators between the Mekong countries and an examination of transboundary process that shape and define land issues, including regional trade and investment flows in the land and agricultural sectors. At the country-level, data and information on key indicators are disaggregated and examined to identify country-specific conditions and trajectories of change.

This brief was published in ECHO Asia Notes Issue #40 along with many excellent resources from the Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference, a Research Update on Heavy Metal Uptake in Tire Garden Planters and many other opportunities. [ Download AN #40 ]

This article is a brief snapshot of the full-length publication, just recently published and made available. The full-length book can be found and downloaded free online at the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) website, and we would encourage you to take advantage of this great resource.

About ECHO Asia Impact Center

ECHO Asia Sabine w farmer
Technical advisor, Sabine, trains on fruits in Sri Lanka

Despite considerable economic gains over the past three decades, due to the region's vastness, its enormous population, as well as uneven economic growth, Asia remains home to two-thirds of the world's poor. Remaining challenges related to regional poverty and food insecurity include:

More than 600 million Asians live in absolute poverty (less than $1 a day) and 2/3 of the world’s hungry people live in Asia.

Although Asia's share of the global gross domestic product is expected to approach 42 percent by 2015, the region will still be home to half of the world's poor.

Growth in rice production, Asia's staple, has slowed and rice production areas are in decline.

Growing resource scarcity (i.e., water and arable land) will increasingly constrain food production growth.


Asian leaders issue poverty warning, International Herald Tribune, May 4, 2008; Reducing Poverty and Hunger in Asia: The Role of Agriculture and Rural Development, Edited by Nurul Islam, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2008. World Hunger Statistics, World Food Programme. 2014.


The ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center and Seed Bank is only 25 minutes outside of Chiang Mai! Please contact us at asiahospitality@echonet.org to schedule a tour!



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