Silvopastoral... and other words you didn't know you needed to know

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016 is the coolest conference ever!

Refreshing! Is that a term that normally is connected to long hours and busy days? For anyone with interest in agriculture and sustainable development, the ECHO conference fits that bill and more. 

Delegated huddle together discussing new trends in sustainable development and share both challenges and successes.

Stan Brown presents about wild fruits from Central Asia

Stan Brown presents about wild fruits from Central Asia

Plenary speakers share years of experience in their fields, spurring other practitioners to try a proven technique or method. 

The ECHO conference welcomed 189 delegates this year working in over 20 countries around the world. 

Hands-on workshops include how to make Chaya green tortillas.  

Hands-on workshops include how to make Chaya green tortillas.  

Evening settings included Silvopastoral systems in Brazil, livestock management in jungle pastures, and other in-depth expert-led topics. 

Register today: 2015 ECHO International Agriculture Conference

Announcing the 2015 ECHO International Agriculture Conference

November 17-19, 2015 - Fort Myers, Florida - USA


Announcing The 2015 Conference

ECHO’s Annual International Conference will be taking place in Fort Myers, Florida from November 17th to 19th, 2015. Early-bird rate of $325.00 will be available until October 1st, 2015.

Take advantage of this special price by registering online!


We are pleased to announce our 2015 Plenary Lineup:

  • Peter Marks – Vegetable Gardening as Crisis Response: Selecting Seeds, Selecting Strageties
  • Phil Reasons – Aquaponics for community development
  • Susan Stewart – From Chaos to positive community development: The agricultural worker's role as change agent
  • Mark Hare – FONDAMA Yard Garden Program
  • Christy Hanson – Growing our way to health: the intricate links between global health and agricultural development
  • Tre’ Cates – The restoration of grasslands through holistic management by which properly managed livestock heal the land
  • Andre Houssney – Sambah Naturals and Zambeezi: Agricultural Missional Business in Zambia
  • Stephan Lutz and Angela Boss –The cheers and challenges of "Conservation Agriculture" programs implemented with small-scale farmers in identified dry and drought prone areas, with a particular focus on Kenya and Zambia. 
  • Sara Delaney – Trying Something New: Factors in farmer adoption or non-adoption of new practices

Full details about each plenary speaker are available at


Still Not Convinced?

See what you missed last year: Watch the plenary session videos from last year's conference or browse the photo gallery.


Poster Gallery & Session

This year at the conference there will be a poster session offered. The poster session is an additional way for attendees to share and exchange information through compelling visuals that tell the story of your research, success, or technique. If you would like to produce and present a poster please let us know.


ECHO International Agriculture Conference

ECHO International Agriculture Conference
November 18-20, 2014
Fort Myers, Florida

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, Florida!  We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives.

Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

ECHO International Agriculture Conferences provide opportunities for networking and enrichment for professionals working internationally in agriculture or related fields. The conference regularly attracts delegates representing more than 30 countries.  

An important part of the event is the Post-conference Workshops.  This year we have what we hope to be very helpful and useful workshops for individuals that are able to stay for one more day.  Click on this link Post-Conference Workshops to see details about the presenters, the topics of the various workshops and the additional costs involved.  People that have attended these post conference events have found them very worthwhile.

Conference accommodation and meeting rooms for morning and evening sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ( in the Bell Tower district of Fort Myers. Afternoon workshops and demonstrations will be held at the 50-acre ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, which has one of the largest collections of tropical fruits and vegetables in the United States. 


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