Introduction to Tropical Agriculture

January 7 - 11, 2019

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What are some principles I should be aware of in doing community development?

What should I know about poverty mentality that would help me better understand the people I am trying to help?

What are some key concepts regarding soils and gardening that would help me teach others to grow food plants in the tropics?

What are some proven techniques or crops that I could introduce in my project area that could make a difference?


We have found there are several agricultural development-related questions and issues that are dealt with by nearly everyone who studies at our campus. In too many cases, these issues are not addressed until a development practitioner has already made mistakes and encountered setbacks in their projects. Often, these mistakes could have been avoided.

For instance, a basic understanding of how conditions close to the equator differ from those in more northern latitudes can help North American gardeners avoid the mistake of assuming that the plants they are familiar with "back home" will succeed in the tropics. This course is designed to equip participants with a foundational understanding of tropical agriculture and community development, as well as with some specific agricultural technologies that have significantly improved the lives of smallholder farmers in many parts of the world.

 
  1. Regular registration (early bird rate): $645.00

    • After 12/21/2018 the registration price increases to $745.00

  2. Spouse registration (early bird rate): $495.00

    • After 12/21/2018 the registration price increases to $520.00
 
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  Andy Cotarelo,   ECHO Farm Manager,  Senegal

Andy Cotarelo, ECHO Farm Manager, Senegal

  Tim Watkins,   ECHO Head of Agriculture Operations,  Central African Republic

Tim Watkins, ECHO Head of Agriculture Operations, Central African Republic

  Dr. Tim Motis,   ECHO Director of Agriculture Tech & Research,  Ethiopia, Liberia, Haiti, South Africa

Dr. Tim Motis, ECHO Director of Agriculture Tech & Research, Ethiopia, Liberia, Haiti, South Africa

  Holly Sobetski ,  ECHO Seed Bank Manager,  Cambodia

Holly Sobetski, ECHO Seed Bank Manager, Cambodia

  Stacy Reader,   ECHO Research & Publications Associate,  Tanzania

Stacy Reader, ECHO Research & Publications Associate, Tanzania

  Bob Hargrave ,  ECHO Technical Consultant , Kenya  

Bob Hargrave, ECHO Technical Consultant, Kenya  

 
  Gene Fifter,   ECHO Technical Writer,  Chad

Gene Fifter, ECHO Technical Writer, Chad

  Bianca Basch ,  ECHO Agriculture Department Admin Assistant,  Thailand, South Africa

Bianca Basch, ECHO Agriculture Department Admin Assistant, Thailand, South Africa

  Renee Gill ,  ECHO Training Specialist,  Egypt

Renee Gill, ECHO Training Specialist, Egypt

  Tim Albright ,  ECHO Chief Operating Officer,  Mali, Burkina Faso

Tim Albright, ECHO Chief Operating Officer, Mali, Burkina Faso

  Brian Flanagan,   ECHO Agriculture Training Director , Haiti

Brian Flanagan, ECHO Agriculture Training Director, Haiti

  Elliott Toevs,   ECHO Appropriate Technology Manager , Peru

Elliott Toevs, ECHO Appropriate Technology Manager, Peru

ECHO's courses are taught by our experienced staff members, each with unique international experience.