April 2018


AgReach - Spring Symposium on Revalorizing Extension: Evidence and Practice

April 02, 2018 13:29 - April 03, 2018 13:29

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Presented By: AgReach

This symposium will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and deliberate on:

  • How to highlight extension’s crucial role in international agricultural development
  • What works in agricultural/rural advisory services and why
  • How to effectively deliver extension services to smallholder farmers
  • What it takes to increase support for extension services

 

Topics of Interest:

  • Effective extension methods at the farmer, organizational, and country/system levels
  • Innovative approaches to sustainably reach women farmers and youth
  • Using ICTs to empower staff and reach more farmers
  • The political economy of agricultural extension
  • Extension in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts
  • Partnerships to strengthen extension
  • Extension for improved nutrition, natural resource management, and sustainable agriculture

Event hosted by: AgReach; Office of International Programs; University of Illinois College of ACES; INGENAES; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Tropical Agriculture Development 101 (Tailored for University Students)

April 09, 2018 08:30 - April 13, 2018 16:30

ECHO Global Farm, United States
Presented By: ECHO

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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Introduction to Permaculture

April 30, 2018 14:40 - May 04, 2018 14:41

ECHO Global Farm, United States of America
Presented By: ECHO Inc

Permaculture or Permanent Agriculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, and resilience of natural ecosystems. This deliberate design is based on the ethics of caring for others and creation while cultivating a fair share for everyone.

This course will bring a wholistic perspective on agriculture and development centered around a biblical approach on permaculture. Our goal is for you to understand permaculture as an option for interacting with creation in your sphere of influence. This will help to equip the people you are working with to utilize their resources and to design abundance into their farming systems. Classes will be structured with hands-on activities, interactive lectures, and on-farm learning.

**While this course does not satisfy the requirements for a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), it will give you a good foundation for pursuing a PDC in the future.  
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July 2018


Tropical Agriculture Development: The Basics - July 2018

July 23, 2018 16:14 - July 27, 2018 16:14

ECHO Global Farm, United States of America
Presented By: ECHO

Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held two times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. There will also be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Course content is presented from a biblical perspective. 

Who the course is for:

This course will especially benefit those who are considering short- or long-term involvement in international agricultural development work. It can also be of benefit to those who have been on the field doing development work for a few years but who would like to take a step back and re-evaluate their approach. Those who could benefit from this course include short-term or career missionaries, international project volunteers (e.g. Peace Corps), leaders of relief-oriented organizations, or missions committee leaders of churches involved in agricultural projects overseas. 

What is offered:

This course covers a broad range of topics relevant to those starting out in agricultural development in a tropical environment.  The purpose of this class is to expose you to several different ideas and concepts.  Although a significant amount of time will be spent looking at examples on the ECHO Farm, given the breadth of topics covered, extensive hands-on farm work should not be an expectation of taking this course.

 

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September 2018


Introduction to Tropical and Underutilized Crops

September 10, 2018 15:43 - September 14, 2018 15:43

ECHO Global Farm, United States of America
Presented By: ECHO

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?

 

With severe weather extremes and other risks to global food security, many agricultural experts agree that global cropping systems should be as diversified as possible. As small-scale farms are particularly vulnerable to climatic and economic instability, underutilized crops may be key to their resilience.

 

Underutilized crops are those with “underexploited potential for contributing to food security, nutrition, health, income generation and environmental services.” The ECHO Underutilized Crops Workshop (September 10-14) will not only introduce participants to various less known crops but will also spotlight opportunities for their production and utilization.

 

The workshop will also include practical nutrition activities in which various underutilized crops on the ECHO farm will be harvested and prepared into meals.

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