ECHO International Agriculture Conference

  • 07th December 2018
  • by secretary

13 – 15 November 2018. Fort Myers, Florida, US. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the US based Christian faith organisation ECHO International Agriculture Conference.

The event brought together influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. The ECHOcommunity is a membership community that provides access to nearly all of ECHO’s resources online, as well as communications tools to help development workers connect with each other.

Extracts of the program: the videos of the plenary sessions are available now for everyone.

15 underutilized crops for improving the lives of smallholder farm families
The presentation will explore proven options for different climatic zones and the basics of cultivating and utilizing these crops. Through embracing a model of diversity and year-round production, communities can move towards abundance and flourishing.

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation Compatible Technology International (CTI) is working to increase food supply and to empower women farmers and rural communities with postharvest tools and services that are greatly needed in the efforts to eradicate hunger.

Anthropology as a tool for facilitating agricultural development

Human perception of reality is mediated through assumptions, beliefs, and mental habits, most of which are products of our culture. Typically, this does not present a problem until we find ourselves trying to function in an unfamiliar environment. Thus, Northern facilitators trying to function in an unfamiliar environment in Southern contexts report that their greatest challenges are not technical, but cultural. This presentation introduces basic tools of social science, and encourages participants to apply these tools to improve the outcome of development facilitation in unfamiliar contexts.