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Community Member Highlight - Jean Apedoh 2015-03-31

ECHOcommunity member Jean Apedoh is a trained agronomist from Togo who has become a recognized authority in West Africa on a technique used to increase rice yields called SRI. Jean first came across the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) at the 2010 ECHO West Africa Forum through a presentation given by Erika Styger of Cornell University.  [ Download This Presentation (PDF) ]

SRI is a system for planting and maintaining rice crops that has proven, under certain conditions, to increase yield while reducing plant density and water application.

Back home, I put this technology into practice, I set up demonstration plots in five villages, I followed them and [recorded the] results. I reported to Mrs. Styger who put me in touch with the USAID FFE program and together we organized a ULC Togo training for forty NGO executives and state agricultural technical services in May 2012.
- Jean Apedoh

Jean’s excitement and passion for this technique has spread, and to date he has trained over 1,500 rice farmers, helped to install 100 demonstration gardens throughout Togo, and duplicated himself through over 40 SRI trainers. His careful documentation and valuable database has been put into use by regional organizations across West Africa and around the world. His expertise has contributed to the creation of an SRI promotion consortium in Togo and the development of a project funded by the World Bank in partnership with Cornell University.

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Upcoming events

ECHO Asia Philippines Sustainable Food Production Workshop
Tue, 12 May 2015 » Thu, 14 May 2015

The Aloha House and Natural Farm, Philippines

This event features wide range of workshops covering topics such as: Natural Resource Management,  Soil Fertility of Tropical Soils, Foliar Fertilizers, Small-Scale Livestock Production, Perennial Vegetables of the Tropics, Aquaponics, the System of Rice Intensification, Mushroom Production for Profit, Intensive Nursery Management, Dairy Processing, and more. All participants will participate in a seed exchange and receive a tour of the Aloha Farm.

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...