What seeds should I choose?
ECHO offers many species and varieties of under-utilized food plants likely to grow well under difficult growing conditions. Many of these species may be new to you - we are here to help you choose the species that will best suit your needs and your area. Here you will find several resources and suggestions to help you in the decision making process.
• Your local surroundings - this is the best place to start! Observe the crops that are growing locally, those sold in the food markets or those that your community members grew in the past. Use this as a guide to evaluating plants with similar requirements. ECHO encourages study, experimentation and cooperation with local/national agricultural organizations prior to establishing any large-scale plantings.
• ECHO's website - our website is rich in documents about specific crops, cropping systems, etc.
• Technical Notes - these can be requested as paper copies, and are available online.
• ECHO Development Notes - our agricultural development bulletin, free to workers in developing countries who register with ECHO. Subscribe when you register or browse our archives.
• Specific ECHO publications:
• ECHO's Technical Request Team - contact us by clicking the "contact Us link on the ECHOcommunity.org website, or sending us a letter with a description of your climate zone, soil type and the needs of your community. ECHO staff cannot predict with 100% certainty what will grow well in your project area, but we would be glad to help you consider options.