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    2019

    Presentation Slides

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2019 - Presentations

    An Introduction to Soldier Fly Production - JC Barrios

    An Introduction to Soldier Fly Production
    Session :?Black soldier fly larvae are an insect species that can convert low-value waste products into high-value small livestock feed. These novel insects have great potential to increase the productivity of small animal production in resource limited conditions where feed resources are...

    Reconciling conservation and development in a changing world - Ben Lowe

    Reconciling conservation and development in a changing world
    Session :?Many of the most vulnerable human communities around the world are located in some of the most vulnerable or degraded ecosystems. As the impacts of climate and environmental change continue to grow, how can we flourish together on God’s earth without further harming each other or the...

    Creating appropriate technologies for people in developing countries - Dr Greg Bixler

    Creating appropriate technologies for people in developing countries
    Session :?With 90% of the world’s engineering focused on 10% of the population, a significant opportunity exists to serve the most vulnerable and marginalized people in developing countries. Many attempts have been made to develop so-called appropriate technology, with some success, and much...

    The role of green manure/cover crops in smallholder agriculture - Roland Bunch

    The role of green manure/cover crops in smallholder agriculture
    Session :?Green manure/cover crops are the only feasible way for smallholder farmers to significantly increase the organic matter content of their basic grain fields (that is, anything over 0.5 ha) at a reasonable cost. We can now say that we know of good species and systems that will work in...

    CHE 25 years later… - Dr. Bibiana MacLeod

    CHE 25 years later…
    Session :?Bibiana looks back and reflects on the changes that Community Health Evangelism (CHE) has brought to the lives of their friends and co-workers in Haiti. Bibiana will take us for a virtual visit to the communities of Mombin Crochu and Bois de Laurence, enter the home of Aniesse in...

    Breadfruit products: Untapped commercial potential - Mary McLaughlin

    Breadfruit products: Untapped commercial potential
    Session :?Fresh breadfruit is delicious but the real commercial potential lies with post-harvest products. In this session the array of retail breadfruit products being produced for local and export markets will be discussed. This includes flour, snack bars, pancake mixes, pizelles, tostones,...

    Scaling horticulture technologies for smallscale farmers – From production to postharvest - Erin McGuire

    Scaling horticulture technologies for smallscale farmers – From production to postharvest
    Session :?The Horticulture Innovation Lab has worked to scale appropriate technologies across the globe for over a decade. Fruits and vegetables, while producing healthy products and sound investments, can have unique challenges. This talk showcases technologies to mitigate these challenges,...

    Peanuts and aflatoxin: The potential and challenges for the world’s most widely grown legume - Jamie Rhoads

    Peanuts and aflatoxin: The potential and challenges for the world’s most widely grown legume
    Session :?Peanut is the most widely grown legume in the world and has numerous nutritional, environmental and economic benefits. However, there are several challenges to increase productivity and control the potential of contamination from aflatoxin, a highly carcinogenic byproduct of a common...

    Unleashing the value of neglected and underutilized crop diversity: Linking climate adaptation, nutrition, markets, and agrobiodiversity value chains - Nadezda Amaya

    Unleashing the value of neglected and underutilized crop diversity: Linking climate adaptation, nutrition, markets, and agrobiodiversity value chains
    Session :?This session shares lessons and experiences from an IFAD-supported project on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) implemented by Bioversity International and its partners in Guatemala. The project deployed Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) tools to conduct a value chain assessment and...

    Growing families that flourish in God’s kingdom - Deborah Dortzbach

    Growing families that flourish in God’s kingdom
    Session :?As couples work to enrich their relationship as God designed, the entire family will flourish. This session will describe the opportunity churches and communities have to strengthen couple relationships within families, promote a sustainable earth, and help families promote family...

    2019 Conference Program

    2019 Conference Program

    Moving Toward Sustainability- Harvesting 4 Haiti and Planting For Hope and Future - Gordon Clark

    Moving Toward Sustainability- Harvesting 4 Haiti and Planting For Hope and Future
    Session :?Our goal is to help reduce poverty by assisting a Haitian agriculture initiative with financial and business resources until they have become self-sustaining. This talk will discuss the challenges and successes this program has had. They have been able to purchase additional farmland...

    Coffee Pruning and Management - Rafael Flores

    Coffee Pruning and Management
    Session :?The challenges for pruning coffee plants are related to lack of knowledge in how, when to do it, and the reduction in production that the farmer will have for one year. This practical workshop will discuss the reasons for pruning and the best practices of how. Presenter :?Rafael...

    Experiences in Solar Fruit Drying: Panel Discussion - Mike McLaughlin, Roger Gietzen, Erin McGuire, & Mary Benner

    Experiences in Solar Fruit Drying: Panel Discussion
    Session :?This session will be a discussion with practitioners and researchers who have been promoting solar fruit drying in the global south. The panel will discuss the various solar dryers they have been using along with the successes and challenges they have faced with the promotion of fruit...

    Understanding the Power of Convergence - Dale Bolton

    Understanding the Power of Convergence
    Session :?The mission of Thrive is to create a scalable model that empowers trainers to transform communities by teaching sustainable, natural and organic agriculture, enabling them to fight disease and generate income. This presentation will look at how Thrive uses the power of a...

    Mechanization of Conservation Agriculture - Will Austin

    Mechanization of Conservation Agriculture
    Session :?This presentation will cover ways that Institute for Affordable Transportation (IAT) and its partners have been creating appropriate technology to integrate mechanization into Farming God’s Way (FGW). IAT’s farming history began with food plot implements and then transitioned to...

    How Growing Fruits can Help People Get on a Path Out of Poverty: Lessons from Madagascar - Dan Turk

    How Growing Fruits can Help People Get on a Path Out of Poverty: Lessons from Madagascar
    Session :?This talk will explore fruit tree programs; successes with tangerines (achieved) and mangos (in progress) will be presented as well as lessons learned from over 20 years of experience working with the Church of Jesus Christ in? Madagascar (FJKM). Dan will share pitfalls to avoid,...

    Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in International Agriculture Development - Dr. Natalie Coers

    Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in International Agriculture Development
    Session :?Who are the next leaders in international agricultural development work? The leadership gap continues to grow, especially in the non-profit sector. We will discuss a basic framework for leadership development, skills needed, and the role you can play through mentoring. Join this session...

    Living Fences - Dan Janzen

    Living Fences
    Session :?Living fences can offer an affordable and appropriate solution using existing local resources. A range of possibilities in establishing living fences and the many considerations to find the best match will be explored in his talk. Presenter :?Dan Janzen is a Pioneers International...

    Thoughts on Managing an Organization or Project - Dr Martin Price

    Thoughts on Managing an Organization or Project
    Session :?It is surprising how many people end up being leaders and managers in the NGO world who have had no training and little time to develop a set of core values of practical management ideas. This is a rapid-fire discussion of many principles that continue to serve me well in leading or...

    Update on Ongoing Moringa Research - Grace Ju Miller

    Update on Ongoing Moringa Research
    Session :?Grace has been conducting Moringa research for 20 years with undergraduate students. This presentation will be a research update on moringa as an antibacterial plant and water purification option. Tissue culture and regeneration of moringa, as well as future use in biotechnology,...

     

    Videos

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2019 - Videos

    Breadfruit products: Untapped commercial potential

    Breadfruit products: Untapped commercial potential
    Session?:?Fresh breadfruit is delicious but the real commercial potential lies with post-harvest products. In this session the array of retail breadfruit products being produced for local and export markets will be discussed. This includes flour, snack bars, pancake mixes, pizelles, tostones,...

    Reconciling conservation and development in a changing world

    Reconciling conservation and development in a changing world
    Session :?Many of the most vulnerable human communities around the world are located in some of the most vulnerable or degraded ecosystems. As the impacts of climate and environmental change continue to grow, how can we flourish together on God’s earth without further harming each other or the...

    Creating appropriate technologies for people in developing countries

    Creating appropriate technologies for people in developing countries
    Session?:?With 90% of the world’s engineering focused on 10% of the population, a significant opportunity exists to serve the most vulnerable and marginalized people in developing countries. Many attempts have been made to develop so-called appropriate technology, with some success, and much...

    The role of green manure/cover crops in smallholder agriculture

    The role of green manure/cover crops in smallholder agriculture
    Session :?Green manure/cover crops are the only feasible way for smallholder farmers to significantly increase the organic matter content of their basic grain fields (that is, anything over 0.5 ha) at a reasonable cost. We can now say that we know of good species and systems that will work in...

    CHE 25 years later…

    CHE 25 years later…
    Session :?Bibiana looks back and reflects on the changes that Community Health Evangelism (CHE) has brought to the lives of their friends and co-workers in Haiti. Bibiana will take us for a virtual visit to the communities of Mombin Crochu and Bois de Laurence, enter the home of Aniesse in...

    Scaling horticulture technologies for smallscale farmers – From production to postharvest

    Scaling horticulture technologies for smallscale farmers – From production to postharvest
    Session :?The Horticulture Innovation Lab has worked to scale appropriate technologies across the globe for over a decade. Fruits and vegetables, while producing healthy products and sound investments, can have unique challenges. This talk showcases technologies to mitigate these challenges,...

    Peanuts and aflatoxin: The potential and challenges for the world’s most widely grown legume

    Peanuts and aflatoxin: The potential and challenges for the world’s most widely grown legume
    Session :?Peanut is the most widely grown legume in the world and has numerous nutritional, environmental and economic benefits. However, there are several challenges to increase productivity and control the potential of contamination from aflatoxin, a highly carcinogenic byproduct of a common...

    Unleashing the value of neglected and underutilized crop diversity: Linking climate adaptation, nutrition, markets, and agrobiodiversity value chains

    Unleashing the value of neglected and underutilized crop diversity: Linking climate adaptation, nutrition, markets, and agrobiodiversity value chains
    Session :?This session shares lessons and experiences from an IFAD-supported project on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) implemented by Bioversity International and its partners in Guatemala. The project deployed Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) tools to conduct a value chain assessment and...

    Growing families that flourish in God’s kingdom

    Growing families that flourish in God’s kingdom
    Session :?As couples work to enrich their relationship as God designed, the entire family will flourish. This session will describe the opportunity churches and communities have to strengthen couple relationships within families, promote a sustainable earth, and help families promote family...

    2018

    Presentation Slides

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018 - Presentations

    EIAC 2018 Group Photo

    EIAC 2018 Group Photo
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    Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization! - Martin Price, PhD

    Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization!
    In 1981 ECHO International started with two employees and some volunteers on 5 acres we didn’t own. Today our 55-acre campus in Florida (no debt) has expanded into a global network, including Regional Impact Centers serving Latin America & the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, and Asia....

    The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico - Pete Noll

    The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico
    Based on ten years of experience, I will share how Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridges to Community Health) has utilized a participatory approach to engage more than 30 communities in the adoption of amaranth and the promotion of food sovereignty. It is worth noting that the region suffers...

    The Answer is in the Room - Dr. Karen Stoufer

    The Answer is in the Room
    One of our most important roles as we work in rural communities is to train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue. Top down, university-style lectures seldom incite passion in the learner in the same way that learner-centered selfdiscovery can. We...

    15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families - Josh Jamison

    15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families
    Despite the incredible diversity of useful plants that exist, a small handful of crops feed the majority of the world and millions of people still suffer from malnutrition and poverty. This talk will discuss some often overlooked crops that have the potential to alleviate suffering through...

    Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation - Alexandra Spieldoch

    Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation
    While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and created growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of the produced food in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand—resulting in low yields and poor quality products with limited market potential. Women farmers are...

    Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development - Dr. Joel Matthews

    Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development
    Human perception of reality is mediated through assumptions, beliefs, and mental habits, most of which are products of our culture. Typically, this does not present a problem until we find ourselves trying to function in an unfamiliar environment. Thus, Northern facilitators trying to function in...

    Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies - Dr. Ben Dube

    Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies
    This session aims at discussing simple and yet effective agronomic practices for most vegetable crops that discourage the buildup of plant - parasitic nematodes and other soil borne pathogens in the soil. These agronomic practices range from timely watering or irrigation of crops, use of...

    Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development - Mike Mueller

    Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development
    To empower persons working among rural farmers and gardeners in developing nations. One limiting factor is the availability of affordable quality seed of varieties well suited to the climate and culture. Seed2Save is Mike’s approach to make selections of open-pollinated varieties within target...

    When Helping Heals - Bev Abma

    When Helping Heals
    In a world that looks for instant results, how do development workers guide communities to enduring positive transformation? Values and interventions that have helped many, often in remote and challenging contexts, to contribute to long-term sustainable change will be shared. Bev Abma Bev...

    Agricultural extension demonstration farm: A case study - Grace Baldwin & Alan Baldwin

    Agricultural extension demonstration farm: A case study
    This workshop will include utilizing results from project work conducted over the past year that will illustrate the importance of the Partnership Development Process, Comparison of a Traditional Needs Assessment model that was utilized years earlier from another agency’s work versus an Asset...

    Creation care consultation: Equipping missionaries to care for the environment - Brittany Ederer

    Creation care consultation: Equipping missionaries to care for the environment
    The Cape Town Commitment says, "Creation care is a Gospel issue under the Lordship of Jesus Christ." Many missionaries experience firsthand the environmental degradation that makes Christian development work challenging, but don't have conservationists or scientists on staff to meaningfully...

    Parasitic plants in African agriculture—A growing problem - Dr Lytton John Musselman

    Parasitic plants in African agriculture—A growing problem
    Mistletoes (parasitic shrubs from diverse families), dodders (species of Cuscuta); and witchweeds and their relatives, Striga, Alectra, and Rhamphicarpa species are major constraints on African crops especially in grain and legume production. They are highly specialized weeds so understanding...

    Farming pastured poultry in a developing market - Nick Stolberg

    Farming pastured poultry in a developing market
    Sustainable and regenerative farming make sense, but how can it be applied in developing markets? Nick will be discussing the business approach he has brought to farming and how to make the farm successful in the long term. New Roots Haiti farms pastured poultry, pastured pork, and grass fed...

    Grow a Micro-Forest Nutrition Garden - David Kennedy

    Grow a Micro-Forest Nutrition Garden
    Grow a small poly-culture garden that addresses both nutritional and ecological shortcomings of our food systems. Focusing on some of the most nutritious of the more than 1000 species of plants with edible leaves can maximize the value of the garden to improve your family’s health. Supporting a...

    Water capture in soil through hydrology design in Honduras' dry corridor: A case study in El Salto farm in San Matias, El Paraiso - Erlin Escoto Valladares

    Water capture in soil through hydrology design in Honduras' dry corridor: A case study in El Salto farm in San Matias, El Paraiso
    Many farmers in Honduras' dry corridor have been leaving their farms and migrating to cities due to droughts. Hydrologic design allows improves biological, chemical, and physical conditions in the soil, and increases resilience in farms to climate variability. Erlin Escoto Valladares Erlin...

    AgriFaith associations : A theological approach to agricultural development - Matthew Vonherbulis

    AgriFaith associations : A theological approach to agricultural development
    The Church is uniquely equipped to bring about real social transformation, but are we using development models that ignore that fact? Matthew Vonherbulis Matthew Vonherbulis lives in Rwanda with his wife and 2 children, where he has been developing Sowers of Hope AgriFaith Association among...

    Helping Small-Scale Farmers Break the Poverty Cycle - Timothy Albright

    Helping Small-Scale Farmers Break the Poverty Cycle
    This talk will focus on some of the challenges that small-scale farmers face when trying to implement change and how we, as facilitators, can identify and invest in agents of transformation while we accompany them on their journey from poverty towards resilience. Timothy Albright, ECHO...

    Grinding peanuts and millet processing equipment - Richard Fulmer

    Grinding peanuts and millet processing equipment
    CTI very brief history and video presentation of equipment for small farmer post-harvest processing by grinding dry solids to flour, harvest and processing groundnuts and recovery of clean seed from harvested dry millet. Richard Fulmer Background in chemistry, biochemistry and food...

    Getting the word out about agroforestry: A case study on knowledge transfer in western Kenya - Claire Morgan

    Getting the word out about agroforestry: A case study on knowledge transfer in western Kenya
    How do we move from knowledge to practice? Theories from sociology point to the importance of strong relational ties for transferring information. This presentation provides a case study on the relationship between the World Agroforestry Center and Vi Agroforestry in western Kenya. Based on...

    Raising third culture kids - Ellen Hargrave

    Raising third culture kids
    This workshop will be a time to think through and talk about educating and raising the most important resource that God has given us, our children, in a culture other than the one that their parents have come from.? What are some of the challenges? What is best for each child? Although each...

    The biochar-urine connection - Sanitation, nutrient recovery, and carbon sink - Dr. Barry Gutwein

    The biochar-urine connection - Sanitation, nutrient recovery, and carbon sink
    The presentation will provide an overview of biochar production and urine diversion technologies. Particular attention will be given to recent developments and related issues. Following the overview the discussion will focus on the potential urine-related uses of biochar. Dr. Barry...

    Homemade microbial products for plant and soil health: FFA and IMO - Stacy Swartz and Dani Hurlbutt

    Homemade microbial products for plant and soil health: FFA and IMO
    This hands-on workshop will include making and applying two natural farming products. First, we will make a small batch of indigenous microorganism (IMO) parent culture and show what it looks like to step it up to a liquid. Then we will apply IMO liquid to treat the deep litter pig system....

    Developing an agroforestry plan for Kilimo Timilifu on Tanzania's southern coast - Tim Watkins & Joel Wildasin

    Developing an agroforestry plan for Kilimo Timilifu on Tanzania's southern coast
    In August 2017, Tim Watkins traveled to Mchinga, Tanzania to assist Kilimo Timilifu (KT) in the process of? developing a plan for integrating agroforestry practices into KT's farm plans. He worked closely with Joel Wildasin, who was serving as the KT farm manager at the time. Tim will begin by...

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018
    Conference Program Book Conference 2018 References

     

    Videos

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2018 - Videos

    Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization!

    Reflections on how once tiny ECHO experienced growth and global impact – And ideas that may apply to your organization!
    In 1981 ECHO International started with two employees and some volunteers on 5 acres we didn’t own. Today our 55-acre campus in Florida (no debt) has expanded into a global network, including Regional Impact Centers serving Latin America & the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, and Asia....

    The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico

    The process of adoption of amaranth in the local context of Oaxaca, Mexico
    Based on ten years of experience, I will share how Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridges to Community Health) has utilized a participatory approach to engage more than 30 communities in the adoption of amaranth and the promotion of food sovereignty. It is worth noting that the region suffers...

    The Answer is in the Room

    The Answer is in the Room
    One of our most important roles as we work in rural communities is to train others so that knowledge and skills can be effectively passed on and learning continue. Top down, university-style lectures seldom incite passion in the learner in the same way that learner-centered selfdiscovery can. We...

    15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families

    15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families
    Despite the incredible diversity of useful plants that exist, a small handful of crops feed the majority of the world and millions of people still suffer from malnutrition and poverty. This talk will discuss some often overlooked crops that have the potential to alleviate suffering through...

    Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation

    Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation
    While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and created growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of the produced food in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand—resulting in low yields and poor quality products with limited market potential. Women farmers are...

    Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development

    Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development
    Human perception of reality is mediated through assumptions, beliefs, and mental habits, most of which are products of our culture. Typically, this does not present a problem until we find ourselves trying to function in an unfamiliar environment. Thus, Northern facilitators trying to function in...

    Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies

    Low cost plant parasitic nematode management strategies
    This session aims at discussing simple and yet effective agronomic practices for most vegetable crops that discourage the buildup of plant - parasitic nematodes and other soil borne pathogens in the soil. These agronomic practices range from timely watering or irrigation of crops, use of...

    Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development

    Seed2Save – an ‘old school’ approach to vegetable seed development
    To empower persons working among rural farmers and gardeners in developing nations. One limiting factor is the availability of affordable quality seed of varieties well suited to the climate and culture. Seed2Save is Mike’s approach to make selections of open-pollinated varieties within target...

    When Helping Heals

    When Helping Heals
    In a world that looks for instant results, how do development workers guide communities to enduring positive transformation? Values and interventions that have helped many, often in remote and challenging contexts, to contribute to long-term sustainable change will be shared. Bev Abma Bev...

    2017

    Presentation Slides

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2017 - Presentations

    An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions - Putso Nyathi

    An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions
    The presentation will be based on findings of an ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Christian Care’s?Conservation Agriculture (CA) programming which started in 2006 and ended in 2014 in five districts?of Zimbabwe with funding from the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank...

    Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings - Dr. Jonathan Crane

    Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings
    Topics to be presented include, matching the tropical and subtropical fruit crops to local environmental conditions as well as plant space and size management and low-input cultural practices for small holdings (nutrient, water, and pruning). Simple tactics for potential off-season cropping will...

    Post-conflict agriculture - Dr. Joshua Ringer

    Post-conflict agriculture
    As development practitioners, researchers, and changemakers we are confronted by situations in which armed conflict has torn apart the physical and social structures of societies. Smallholder farmers are deeply impacted and often take part in these conflicts. Rebuilding small holder agriculture...

    Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want - Dan Gudahl

    Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want
    Growing, harvesting, preserving and marketing food that benefits from chilling or freezing is no easy process. Middlemen, lack of education, poor technology transfer, difficult or non-existent agriculture credit, unclear market linkages, tradition, volume and production inconsistencies, lack of...

    A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model - Dr. Valentin Abe

    A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model
    This plenary presentation will discuss how developing countries (especially Haiti) can be competitive in aquaculture production and protect their environment. Even though world food fish aquaculture rose to over 70 million tons in 2015, developing countries contributed less than 8% in volume and...

    Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs - Kathy Corson Bryson

    Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs
    For too long agriculture and nutrition have been separate sectors of development. Producing more food does not insure less child malnutrition in farm families. What are some practical high-impact actions that every family can do to have children who can survive and thrive? How can a development...

    Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania - Rachel Bezner Kerr, Ph.D

    Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania
    Agroecology is a holistic approach to farming which takes into account social, environmental, and health concerns of food production. A long-term participatory research project with smallholder farmers in Malawi and Tanzania using agroecology will be discussed. In this research project, farmers...

    Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water - Dr. Stephanie Butler Velegol

    Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water
    Traditional water treatment using moringa seeds only removes 90 – 99% of pathogens while allowing fouling of the water over time.??Over the past seven years Dr. Velegol’s research group has created an innovative and sustainable process that solves these two problems.??When crushed seeds are added...

    Dialogue education and farmers - Dr. Tom Post

    Dialogue education and farmers
    In this session we will explore how seven steps of learning design, “4 A’s” for designing learning activities, and taking account of cognitive domains and learning styles can energize the farmer-teacher interaction.??The ideas we will use in this session are based on the teachings of Jane Vella...

    Access to electricity as the path to empowering individuals and uplifing rural communitities in the developing world - Richard Hallas

    Access to electricity as the path to empowering individuals and uplifing rural communitities in the developing world
    Access to power and building local knowledge in rural Africa is enhancing education, agriculture, and economic growth. Examining the most efficient and affordable use of electricity and best practices through the lens of three case studies: 1) Implementing solar at a small village school project...

    Environmental restoration and peace building - Birori Dieudonne

    Environmental restoration and peace building
    We will describe how a Biblical basis for work and care of creation integrates people in society and reconciles communities.

    The Chaya Project in Zimbabwe - Margaret Tagwira

    The Chaya Project in Zimbabwe
    Margaret Tagwira will share about the successful promotion of chaya in Zimbabwe

    Urban homegardens: A case study in Fort Myers, FL - Marcie Dallmann

    Urban homegardens: A case study in Fort Myers, FL
    This session is based on the speaker's research into homegardens in two low-income areas of Fort Myers, FL. A summary of relevant scientific literature will be presented, followed by the research results. These results include a list of plant species, and descriptions of homegarden structure,...

    Sustainable intensification of smallholder systems in northwest Cambodia - Dr. Tom Gill

    Sustainable intensification of smallholder systems in northwest Cambodia
    Sustainable intensification of Cambodian rice systems through the integration of horticulture and livestock production shows promise by increasing the opportunity for smallholders to access new markets, increase incomes, and improve dietary diversity. ?

    Building agricultural extension capacity in post-conflict settings - Dr. Austen Moore

    Building agricultural extension capacity in post-conflict settings
    Agricultural extension plays a fundamental role in advancing agricultural development in post-conflict countries. Dr. Moore will elaborate the impacts of different extension policy approaches and practices in post-conflict settings and identify the key elements needed to rebuild agricultural...

    Servant leadership in organic farming - Acivo Rhakho

    Servant leadership in organic farming
    The Asian Rural Institute teaches servant leadership on an organic farm. Hear from a graduate how that impacted her work in Cambodia and Northeast India.? Learn how you could get involved as a volunteer, intern or participant at ARI.

    Africa University small farm resource center - Fanuel Tagwira

    Africa University small farm resource center

    Options for sustainable production after deforestation of tropical rainforests - Dwight Carter

    Options for sustainable production after deforestation of tropical rainforests

    A brief history of rambutan in Central America - Dwight Carter

    A brief history of rambutan in Central America

    Context: Its impact on implementation of agriculture and servant leadership - Bev Abma

    Context: Its impact on implementation of agriculture and servant leadership

    Climate change and food security. What are the risks and how can we prepare? - Dr. Janet Lewis

    Climate change and food security. What are the risks and how can we prepare?

    Practical lessons about managing a non-profit organization - Dr. Martin Price

    Practical lessons about managing a non-profit organization

    Conservation Agriculture - Putso Nyathi, Pugeni Vurayayi, and ECHO Staff

    Conservation Agriculture

    An agricultural extension demonstration farm template & community development project - Grace Baldwin and Alan Baldwin

    An agricultural extension demonstration farm template & community development project

    Videos

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2017 - Videos

    An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions

    An ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promotion in Zimbabwe: Lessons for food security interventions
    The presentation will be based on findings of an ex-post evaluation of 10 years of Christian Care’s?Conservation Agriculture (CA) programming which started in 2006 and ended in 2014 in five districts?of Zimbabwe with funding from the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank...

    Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings

    Tropical and subtropical fruit crops for small to moderate farm holdings
    Topics to be presented include, matching the tropical and subtropical fruit crops to local environmental conditions as well as plant space and size management and low-input cultural practices for small holdings (nutrient, water, and pruning). Simple tactics for potential off-season cropping will...

    Post-conflict agriculture

    Post-conflict agriculture
    As development practitioners, researchers, and changemakers we are confronted by situations in which armed conflict has torn apart the physical and social structures of societies. Smallholder farmers are deeply impacted and often take part in these conflicts. Rebuilding small holder agriculture...

    Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want

    Cold chain 101: You can’t always get what you want
    Growing, harvesting, preserving and marketing food that benefits from chilling or freezing is no easy process. Middlemen, lack of education, poor technology transfer, difficult or non-existent agriculture credit, unclear market linkages, tradition, volume and production inconsistencies, lack of...

    A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model

    A new approach in aquaculture development in developing countries: The Haiti model
    This plenary presentation will discuss how developing countries (especially Haiti) can be competitive in aquaculture production and protect their environment. Even though world food fish aquaculture rose to over 70 million tons in 2015, developing countries contributed less than 8% in volume and...

    Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs

    Integrating practical nutrition education into community agricultural programs
    For too long agriculture and nutrition have been separate sectors of development. Producing more food does not insure less child malnutrition in farm families. What are some practical high-impact actions that every family can do to have children who can survive and thrive? How can a development...

    Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania

    Farmer-led research on agroecology and nutrition in Malawi and Tanzania
    Agroecology is a holistic approach to farming which takes into account social, environmental, and health concerns of food production. A long-term participatory research project with smallholder farmers in Malawi and Tanzania using agroecology will be discussed. In this research project, farmers...

    Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water

    Moringa-coated sand filters as a sustainable solution for clean water
    Traditional water treatment using moringa seeds only removes 90 – 99% of pathogens while allowing fouling of the water over time.??Over the past seven years Dr. Velegol’s research group has created an innovative and sustainable process that solves these two problems.??When crushed seeds are added...

    Dialogue education and farmers

    Dialogue education and farmers
    In this session we will explore how seven steps of learning design, “4 A’s” for designing learning activities, and taking account of cognitive domains and learning styles can energize the farmer-teacher interaction.??The ideas we will use in this session are based on the teachings of Jane Vella...

    2016

    Presentation Slides

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016 - Presentations

    Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services

    Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services
    The objective for MEAS is to define and disseminate good practice strategies and approaches to establishing efficient, effective and financially sustainable rural extension and advisory service systems in selected countries. Our goal is to help transform and modernize these extension systems, so...

    Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach - Dr. Roy Beckford

    Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach
    Dr. Roy Beckford presented findings from a research project that investigated an intervention strategy. The first goal was to determine the practicability of rebuilding soil horizons on eroded parent soils using blends of biochar and compost to create anthroposols, through a process called...

    Culturing beneficial microbiology for farming - Stacy Reader

    Culturing beneficial microbiology for farming
    The goals of this presentation are to exhibit how microorganisms and microbiology benefit ecosystem health and explore in what ways farmers can use microorganisms and microbiology to increase the long-term health of soil, crops, or animals.? The use of microbiology for soil restoration by...

    The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers - Dr. Ann Wilkie

    The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers
    Anaerobic digestion, or biodigestion, involves the microbial degradation of organic materials in an oxygen-free environment. Feedstocks for anaerobic digestion include livestock manures, crop residues, culled fruit and vegetables, food waste, and other organic by-products. The process produces...

    Financial literacy for development workers - Tina Ugland

    Financial literacy for development workers
    This is an introduction to basic bookkeeping and accounting concepts. It will be presented in an easily understandable way that is meant to demystify accounting terms and concepts. The objective is to provide a level of understanding that will create a foundation for the accounting work that you...

    Green manure/cover crops - Dr. Tim Motis

    Green manure/cover crops
    Dr. Motis?presented an overview of the use of tropical legumes as green manure/cover crops. Drawing on findings from ECHO research, this talk will cover 1) benefits of legumes, 2) basic characteristics and growth requirements of some commonly grown legumes, and 3) ways to integrate these into...

    Pure water does grow on trees! - Rick Kemmer

    Pure water does grow on trees!
    Are you curious about how moringa seeds can remove 90-99% of the impurities from dirty water? Come and see it in action! While we are thrilled with what moringa seeds can do on their own, we are working to develop an even better process utilizing functionalized sand (a combination of crushed...

    EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Tall)

    EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Tall)

    Water-harvesting principles & the story of an African rain farmer: Design guidelines for regenerative water and fertility management - Brad Lancaster

    Water-harvesting principles & the story of an African rain farmer: Design guidelines for regenerative water and fertility management
    “You must plant the rain before you plant a seed or tree!” proclaimed rain farmer Mr. Zephaniah Phiri Maseko of Zimbabwe. By doing just that, he and his family turned a wasteland into an oasis, raised groundwater and well levels even in dry years, reduced flooding in wet years, and enhanced the...

    EIAC 2016- Group Photo (Wide)

    EIAC 2016- Group Photo (Wide)

    EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Square)

    EIAC 2016 - Group Photo (Square)

    Creation care through agricultural development - Scott Sabin

    Creation care through agricultural development
    Creation care is a unique way to better understand God and participate in his redemptive work in the world. Furthermore, while care of the environment may seem a secondary priority, those we seek to serve are particularly vulnerable to its degradation. Presenter:?Since 1995, Scott Sabin has...

    How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers - Dr. David Ross

    How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers
    This presentation explores the benefits of linguistic and cultural sensitivity to increase the effectiveness and acceptability of agricultural development projects. Two examples of well-intentioned development projects, which failed for lack of cultural understanding, are cited – one a...

    Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils - Dr. Tim Motis

    Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils
    Through generous support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ECHO completed a five-year (2010-2015) research project in Limpopo Province of South Africa. The central question addressed was “How can smallscale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to produce food with limited resources for...

    The value of sustainable tourism as a complement to agriculture activities in rural community development - Colin Richard

    The value of sustainable tourism as a complement to agriculture activities in rural community development
    This presentation will examine the value of sustainable tourism as a complement to agriculture activities in rural community development settings. The United World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) identifies tourism as “one of the strongest drivers of world trade and prosperity,” and the majority of...

    Silvopastoral systems in Brazil - Felipe Pinheiro

    Silvopastoral systems in Brazil
    This presentation will focus on the potential use of silvopastoral systems (SPS) in Brazil to fight the increasing of land degradation and will describe the specific characteristics of SPS in the different ecological regions of the country. We will also consider management aspects, ecosystems...

    Upland maize production systems: Strategies for sustainability - Dr. Josh Ringer

    Upland maize production systems: Strategies for sustainability
    Market forces in Southeast Asia have encouraged the proliferation of Hybrid Maize (Corn) production systems among marginalized smallholder farmers throughout upland areas. This presentation will describe that system and how the system can become more efficient in order to increase financial...

    Evaluation: How can we help farmers do better? - Bob Morikawa

    Evaluation: How can we help farmers do better?
    Knowing how farm communities are doing, and how a community development project is impacting farm families is critical to community and project success. This workshop will discuss evaluation strategies and share practical lessons learned on conducting effective evaluations.

    Designing polyculture and companion plantings for tropics and drylands - Daniel Halsey

    Designing polyculture and companion plantings for tropics and drylands
    Understanding the dynamics of ecological design and agricultural practices connect at the point of design. Travel with us through our design process to create an ecologically balanced and appropriate diagram to implement, whether on small acreage or vast hectares of land. Learn the steps and...

    Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry - Dr. P.K. Nair

    Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry
    Resilience refers to the capacity for ecological systems to persist and absorb changes. Climate-change resilience encompasses a dual function, to absorb shock as well as to self-renew to cope with new circumstances. Agroforestry offers both mitigation and adaptation strategies for enhancing...

    Videos

    ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016 - Videos

    Water-Harvesting Principles & the Story of an African Rain Farmer - Design Guidelines for Regenerative Water and Fertility Management

    Water-Harvesting Principles & the Story of an African Rain Farmer - Design Guidelines for Regenerative Water and Fertility Management
    “You must plant the rain before you plant a seed or tree!” proclaimed rain farmer Mr. Zephaniah Phiri Maseko of Zimbabwe. By doing just that, he and his family turned a wasteland into an oasis, raised groundwater and well levels even in dry years, reduced flooding in wet years, and enhanced the...

    The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers

    The basics of biogas for smallholder farmers
    Anaerobic digestion, or biodigestion, involves the microbial degradation of organic materials in an oxygen-free environment. Feedstocks for anaerobic digestion include livestock manures, crop residues, culled fruit and vegetables, food waste, and other organic by-products. The process produces...

    Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach

    Biochar for soil restoration and environmental management: An integrated food-energy systems approach
    Dr. Roy Beckford presented findings from a research project that investigated an intervention strategy. The first goal was to determine the practicability of rebuilding soil horizons on eroded parent soils using blends of biochar and compost to create anthroposols, through a process called...

    Creation care through agricultural development

    Creation care through agricultural development
    Creation care is a unique way to better understand God and participate in his redemptive work in the world. Furthermore, while care of the environment may seem a secondary priority, those we seek to serve are particularly vulnerable to its degradation. Presenter:?Since 1995, Scott Sabin has...

    How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers

    How linguistics can benefit agricultural development workers
    This presentation explores the benefits of linguistic and cultural sensitivity to increase the effectiveness and acceptability of agricultural development projects. Two examples of well-intentioned development projects, which failed for lack of cultural understanding, are cited – one a...

    Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry

    Increasing smallholder resilience through agroforestry
    Resilience refers to the capacity for ecological systems to persist and absorb changes. Climate-change resilience encompasses a dual function, to absorb shock as well as to self-renew to cope with new circumstances. Agroforestry offers both mitigation and adaptation strategies for enhancing...

    Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils

    Tropical legumes for sustained cropping on marginal soils
    Through generous support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ECHO completed a five-year (2010-2015) research project in Limpopo Province of South Africa. The central question addressed was “How can smallscale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to produce food with limited resources for...

    Wild fruits in Central Asia: Local use by farmers and international interest in the application of natural diversity in addressing agricultural problems of disease and weather

    Wild fruits in Central Asia: Local use by farmers and international interest in the application of natural diversity in addressing agricultural problems of disease and weather
    The Tian Shan mountains that straddle Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan on the west and China’s Xinjiang Province on the east are home to the Earth’s greatest collection of wild fruits of the rose family. Apples, pears, plums, apricots, and others are found in wild groves and forests and...

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