Carambola is an excellent fruit to grow in the tropics because it has prolific fruit production, high nutrition, almost continuous fruiting, wide appeal and is very adaptable to different soils and locations.
-- Some time ago, we received an e-mail request from Bruce Robinson. He wrote, “I am an engineer working in Northwest Haiti….most of the plantains and bananas out here have gotten the sickness that the Haitians call Sigatoka. We are about to lose a very important source of revenue and calories.
- ECHO staff member Bob Hargrave recently participated in an e-seminar on water purification (participants in many locations communicated by e-mail). Here we summarize a few of the items that were discussed during the seminar.
Smoke from open fires can be a nuisance, and it can also lead to severe health problems. The Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) has issued a document called “Smoke—the Killer in the Kitchen” that shares statistics on indoor air pollution caused by burning solid fuels like wood, charcoal, and crop residues. The document also suggests steps that can be taken to minimize health risks.
Results of a taste test of PKM-1 in comparison with the local variety. It was decided to also include leaves of the species M. stenopetala in this test.