Introduction to Tropical and Underutilized Crops
Sep
10
to Sep 14

Introduction to Tropical and Underutilized Crops

Did you know that of 250,000 identified plant species worldwide that only 30 species provide 95 percent of our global food energy needs? And that only three of these crops – wheat, maize and rice – provide half of the world’s food?

Underutilized crops are those with “underexploited potential for contributing to food security, nutrition, health, income generation and environmental services.” The ECHO Underutilized Crops Workshop will not only introduce participants to various less known crops but will also spotlight opportunities for their production and utilization.

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International Agriculture Conference
Nov
13
to Nov 15

International Agriculture Conference

The ECHO® International Agriculture Conference is celebrating its 25th anniversary! We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone by highlighting you, our network members! We hope that you can join us this year, and share your story!

This conference will especially benefit current or aspiring agricultural international development workers. At this conference, you will get to network with professionals who share your context and your passions!

Short-term or career missionaries
National community leaders and farmers
Leaders of development/relief-oriented organizations
University undergraduate, graduate students and professors
International project volunteers (e.g. Peace Corps)

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Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development
Jan
7
to Jan 11

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development

Those interested in preparing for short to long-term involvement in international agriculture development are encouraged to participate in this five-day course.

Topics and discussions will be centered on agricultural principles and practices, improved food security, and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.

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Tropical Agriculture Development: 101
Feb
18
to Feb 22

Tropical Agriculture Development: 101

This course will dive into the agricultural systems that are used on small tropical farms. Learn how to utilize perennial crops to your advantage! This course will give hands on experience to those who are interested in kick starting a small tropical farm system.

This interactive and practical course will span one week, covering:

Agroforestry
Underutilized Tropical Crops
Fruit Tree Management
Nursery Management
Propagation
Conservation Agriculture
Foundations for Farming
Seed saving
Seed banking

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Seed Saving and Banking
Sep
16
to Sep 20

Seed Saving and Banking

ECHO offers over 350 varieties in its Florida seed bank requiring diverse approaches to growing, processing, and storing seeds. This five-day course will begin in ECHO’s seed production plots to help participants better understand how crops are managed and harvested.

Techniques related to both wet and dry processing of seeds will be practiced, as well as, essential tasks such as germination testing. Long-term seed storage approaches including vacuum sealing and cold storage will be explored, emphasis will be placed on seed saving technologies and approaches for challenging tropical locations.

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Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development
Oct
21
to Oct 25

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development

Those interested in preparing for short to long-term involvement in international agriculture development are encouraged to participate in this five-day course.

Topics and discussions will be centered on agricultural principles and practices, improved food security, and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.

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International Agriculture Conference
Nov
19
to Nov 21

International Agriculture Conference

  • Crowne Plaza, Bell Tower Shops (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every year, this event brings together influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives through agriculture and community development. Speakers share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. Our conference offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

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