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Development work in Haiti recovering slowly after disaster, creative solutions keep education moving 2015-05-26

In the midst of many challenges the Episcopal University in Port au Prince, Haiti is continuing to find creative ways to train tomorrow’s agriculture leaders. ECHO staff was recently invited to visit the university’s training center and farm in Leogane and got a firsthand look at both the blessing of good soils and the difficulties of teaching in buildings that suffered extensive damage in the earthquake over 5 years ago.

Since the earthquake the university has had to rearrange the agriculture curriculum due to the fact that student dorms are no longer habitable. In the face of this reality the university has focused its "on farm" curriculum on subjects that lend themselves to 2 day a week visit by the students and professors. The new focus includes subjects like composting, bee keeping and fruit tree grafting.

Bee Hives in HaitiWith the potential of infrastructure repair on the horizon the university is looking to add robust training in rural assessment, rural economics and vegetable seed production and banking. The university also hopes to create a thriving commercial farm where students can experience the realities of farming as a business and gain hands-on knowledge in sustainable farming practices. The diligent efforts of the university’s staff and students are a powerful testimony of moving forward with hope even when the circumstances are tough.

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Upcoming events

Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics
Mon, 1 June 2015 » Fri, 5 June 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four 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, i...

Tropical Agricultural Development II - Gardening in the Tropics
Mon, 22 June 2015 » Fri, 26 June 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

This intermediate class is geared toward experienced overseas workers with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development I. This is a week-long course offered which includes a combination of small classroom instruction, hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Much of the course content is presented from a biblical perspective. Who should take this course: Those who wi...

Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics
Mon, 27 July 2015 » Fri, 31 July 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

Course Description: Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four 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 nee...

Tropical Agriculture Development II: Appropriate Technology
Mon, 17 August 2015 » Fri, 21 August 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

This intermediate class is geared toward experienced overseas workers with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development I. This is a week-long course offered at the ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. Course attendees will participate in an in-depth look at new and different subjects that will be announced after the first of the year. This course is a combination of small classroom instruction, hands-on work on the farm, visit...

ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference
Tue, 6 October 2015 » Fri, 9 October 2015

Holiday Garden Hotel, Thailand

The 5th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference will be happening from October 6-9, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The theme for this conference will be “Equipping Workers.” ECHO Asia is looking forward to bringing together a wide and diverse assemblage of NGO workers, agriculture missionaries, development agents, farmers, and organizations from across Asia for a time of mutual learning and encouragement that will bring forth an abundance of practical ap...

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