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close this bookAmaranth to Zai Holes, Ideas for Growing Food under Difficult Conditions (ECHO; 1996; 397 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1: Basics of agricultural development
Open this folder and view contents2: Vegetables and small fruits in the tropics
Open this folder and view contents3: Staple crops
Open this folder and view contents4: Multipurpose trees
Open this folder and view contents5: Farming systems and gardening techniques
Open this folder and view contents6: Soil health and plant nutrition
Open this folder and view contents7: Water resources
Open this folder and view contents8: Plant protection and pest control
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Open this folder and view contents10: Food science
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Open this folder and view contents12: Seeds and germplasm
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Open this folder and view contents14: From farm to market
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Open this folder and view contents16: Oils
Open this folder and view contents17: Above-ground (urban) gardens
View the document18: What is ECHO?
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Open this folder and view contentsECHO development notes - issue 52
close this folderECHO development notes: issue 53
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View the documentThe nutritive value of chaya, one of the most productive green vegetables
View the documentSolar water disinfection
View the document"Why don't my tomatoes set fruit?"
View the documentInsights from a biogas project.
View the documentMalnutrition and child mortality
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View the documentFrom ECHO's seedbank
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Open this folder and view contents28 additional technical notes about tropical agriculture
Open this folder and view contentsPrinciples of agroforestry
Open this folder and view contentsGood nutrition on the small farm

From ECHO's seedbank

The following plants are new to our seedbank. Trial packets are free to those ALREADY IN ECHO'S NETWORK working with small farmers overseas; others please send $2.50/packet. Tropical vegetable soybean variety trial, Glycine max: from the Asian Vegetable Research and Dev't Center, Taiwan (a May 1996 summary of their work stated that AVRDC's improved vegetable soybean varieties are planted in 93% of the total vegetable growing area in tropical Asia). Short-duration pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan: see EDN 29-4, 52-5; two new accessions from ICRISAT. Rio Grande ´Bloody Mary' red corn, Zea mays: from New Mexico, USA, grows to 2m, 1-2 ears, makes a fine flour, feed. ´Cariflora' papaya, Carica papaya: resistant to papaya ring spot virus; not a solo variety. Atemoya, Annona squamosa X A. cherimola: delicious, fast-growing fruit tree for tropical lowlands; not tolerant of waterlogging. Cherimoya, Annona cherimola: creamy Andean fruit grown as a delicacy; requiring close management (including hand pollination, careful harvesting); difficult to ship; 1500m elevation at equator (cool but not cold temperatures); 1200mm rain during growing season. Malabar spinach, Basella rubra: we have seed again of our large-leafed, vigorous variety; (mucilaginous) leaf crop suited for humid regions; easy to cultivate; requires trellis. Fodder turnips and forage kale: for cool highland regions, fast-growing short-season from Sharpes International Seeds, England. Acacia mangium: fast- growing N-fixing tree tolerates low-fertility, very acidic soils in humid tropics; used for eradication of Imperata grass; not flood tolerant. A. auriculiformis: widely adaptable to harsh sites (pH 3-9), Imperata eradication. Erythrina berteroana: leguminous shade tree suited to wide climatic range; alley cropping and windbreaks; propagate by cuttings. Caesalpinia spinosa/Coulteria tinctorea (known as "tara" in Bolivia): slow-growing, leguminous, very drought-resistant tree for high altitudes; young seeds reportedly edible by humans but mature seeds toxic; not palatable to goats. ´Lee' or American joint vetch, Aeschynomene americana: green manure, forage good for low areas or drainage ditches, 1000mm rain.

Request the following from Dr. Phillip W. Simon, Dept. of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA; fax 608/262-4743; psimon@facstaff.wisc. edu. High-carotene cucumbers, a cross of commercial US varieties and a Chinese variety yield a large proportion of yellow-orange fruits. This is a new release from the University of Wisconsin with potential to add Vitamin A to the diet. You may request a packet for trial and selection in your area from Dr. Simon (not ECHO). Return to Index.

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