Holiday Garden Resort, Chiang Mai, THAILAND
3-6 October 2017

ECHO Asia "Improving Lives"

Agriculture & Community Development Conference

Event Announcements

Still accepting Posters, Paper submissions now closed.

Due to added interest in our Poster Session, we will continue to accept posters for the time being. However paper submissions are now closed.

If you plan to attend the conference, please consider creating a poster for display at the conference venue. Your poster can then be viewed by other conference delegates at their leisure, as well as during designated times for poster presenters and other conference attendees to interact. There will also be an opportunity, during a late-afternoon or evening session, to give a five-minute oral summary of your poster.

To learn about submitting a poster, click here.

One week left to register at early bird rates!

Welcome to ECHO Asia’s “Improving Lives” Conference Page 2017! Early bird pricing will end next Thursday 31 August so please register and send in your payment now!

We are pleased to give you more information below as well as the the opportunity to register and submit applications for posters.

Your participation is integral to seeing this conference become a success! If you are not yet a network member and wish to be, please go to ECHOcommunity.org to register for this event as well as our resources, publications, and free seed distribution.

Welcome and we look forward to having you in Chiang Mai in October!

Conference Video on YouTube!

Watch our conference promotional video to quickly learn about what this conference has to offer as well as a video about our beautiful conference location, Holiday Garden Resort.

Go to ECHO Asia’s YouTube Channel!

About

03-06 Oct 2017
Holiday Garden Resort, Chiang Mai, THAILAND
16/16 Huay Kaew Rd. T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang Chiang Mai, 50300

The 6th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference will take place on October 3-6, 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

2017 Theme: Improving Lives

The theme of this conference is “Improving Lives” and it is a time for NGO workers, agriculture missionaries, development agents, farmers, and organizations working at every level from across Asia to come together for a mutual time of learning, networking, and encouragement. During this four-day event, participants will hear from experts in the fields of agriculture and community development, learn practical techniques for smallholder farmers and gardeners, and receive hands-on training in sustainable agriculture and community development. In an effort to help more people attend, we have been able to keep our costs low for the event and even have a limited number of scholarships to help Asian national workers attend!

Plenary Sessions

The event includes nine morning plenary sessions that cover a wide range of topics such as: backyard gardening for increased nutrition, getting into coffee, the training of trainers, an introduction to plant and soil nutrition, smallholder seed and silage systems, best practices in community development, and business for transformation, among many others. To read the bios and abstracts of our plenary speakers, please see below. All plenary sessions will be in English but simultaneously translated into Thai.

Workshop Sessions

In the afternoons, the conference will feature concurrent workshops for participants, with a total of 42 workshops on a wide range of topics, offered in English and Thai. Many of the workshops will be hosted by experienced conference participants themselves.

Friday Post-Conference Tours

The conference registration fee includes a 1-day post-conference tour on Friday, the 6th of October, which will allow all participants to go on a site visit to one of 8-10 sites around Chiang Mai to see and experience some of the techniques, ideas, technologies, plants, etc. highlighted during the conference. Some of the potential site visits will include trips to see: a coffee roaster and coffee bar operation; natural building techniques on a Small Farm Resource Center (SFRC); MaeJo University’s mushroom culture and vermicomposting; a renewable energy resource center; a community-led seed bank; and a trip to see green manure cover crops in practice.

Poster Session and Proceedings

Continuing from 2015, this year’s conference will also include a Poster Session where ECHO Asia network members, conference participants, and partner academics will be able to present a poster to share and exchange information and experiences, particularly in regard to experimentation, crop evaluations, or to showcase an agriculture development project. These posters will be presented the first evening of the conference, on October 3rd. In addition to presenting a poster, presenters may also submit a manuscript for inclusion in our reviewed conference proceedings that will be distributed through ECHOcommunity.org and other electronic means. If you and/or your organization would like to submit a poster (paper submissions lo longer accepted), please see below for more details.

Seed Exchange

We will also host a seed exchange in which all participants can exchange seeds with one another to help promote and conserve crop biodiversity and to help utilize local plants of interest or promise. All participants are encouraged to bring 10 small packets of their favorite Open Pollinated (those seeds that can be saved by farmers) seeds to the conference for a seed exchange on the last day. Everyone is encouraged to bring seeds and participate in this exciting event, and ECHO Asia will also supply seeds from our seed bank, so all will have seeds to take away and share.

Resource Fair

At each biennial conference, ECHO Asia invites partner organizations and like-minded businesses to participate in our “Resource Fair.” The Resource Fair allows groups and organizations to rent a booth/table for $50 that can be used to display materials, network with participants, and sell products. These tables are featured during coffee and meal breaks for participants to visit. If you or your organization is interested in renting a table for the resource fair, please contact our staff at echoasia@echonet.org.

Registration Information

This year’s conference will be held at the Holiday Garden Hotel and Resort in Chiang Mai. For those that register before August 31st, fees are $150 for the day package, $200 for a shared room at the hotel, and $250 for a single room at the hotel. After August 31st, the costs are $200, $250, and $300 respectively. Registration fees include: conference participation for three days, a fourth day of post-conference tours, 4 lunches, 2 coffee breaks daily, a banquet dinner on Thursday evening, and for those that select the hotel packages, four nights at the Holiday Garden Hotel with 4 breakfasts. To register, please click the link below!

Scholarships are no longer available. We are happy to announce we have awarded scholarships to 8 people from 8 different countries!

We hope to see you in Chiang Mai this October and please spread the word!

Register for ECHO Asia Conference 2017

Conference registration includes 4 nights accommodation. However, if you are coming early or staying late (up to 3 days before or 3 days after) you can book extra nights at the same conference rate of 900 THB per room per night (including breakfast). If you are interested, simply email the hotel (info@holidaygardenhotelandresort.com), introduce yourself and explain you are part of the ECHO Asia conference. Let them know the days you would like to book (in addition to conference) and they will confirm with you!

To register, it’s easy. Simply click the link below for logistics and event details. We have separate packages for day visitors, shared room option, single room option, or your spouse that is traveling with you but won’t attend the conference.

Once we have received your registration, our staff with contact you will payment details. We offer payment through PayPal, Western Union, or bank transfer through Bangkok Bank.

We look forward to having you as your partnership and participation in this conference makes all the difference!

Register Online Now!

Submit a Poster!

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 conference in Chiang Mai will feature an opportunity to submit a poster for display! For the detailed information and/or to submit your poster, please click below.

Poster Session: Please consider creating a poster for display at the conference venue. Your poster can then be viewed by other conference delegates at their leisure, as well as during designated times for poster presenters and other conference attendees to interact. There will also be an opportunity, during a late-afternoon or evening session, to give a five-minute oral summary of your poster.

Poster Categories include:

  • Research summaries
  • Development project summaries
  • Crop evaluations
Poster Submission Details and Registration

Schedule

09:00-11:55

Plenary Speakers

09:00-09:45 - Dr. Karen Stoufer, "The Answer Is In the Room." 10:15-11:00 - Dr. Tom Thompson, "Soil Fertility and Management for Smallholder Farmers." 11:10-11:55 - Dr. Laval Yau, "Business for Transformation in Myanmar."

13:30-16:00

Workshops

In no particular order, here is our current list of confirmed workshop subjects: Sustainable energy/Renewable Energy, Sustainable agriculture, Small Farm Resource Centers, Earth Buildings, Smallholder Farms, Coffee Roasting/Cupping, Culinary Art Permaculture, Small Scale Silage Seed Systems, Organic Fertilizers, Soil improvement Options for Improving Soil Fertility on Smallholder Farms, Meet the Speaker sessions, Kingdom Impact through business SALT: Agroforestry Options for Upland Farming in the Humid Tropics, Community Development: The process and some fun tools, Making the shift from teacher to learner led Community Health

09:00-11:55

Plenary Speakers

09:00-09:45 - Dr. Ozzie Abaye, "Small Scale Silage Production in the Tropics." 10:15-11:00 - Jeff Palmer, "Improving Lives Through Seeking First to Understand." 11:10-11:55 - Rangsarit Kunchaimung, "Management of Self-Reliant Communities."

13:30-16:00

Workshops

In no particular order, here is our current list of confirmed workshop subjects: Sustainable energy/Renewable Energy, Sustainable agriculture, Small Farm Resource Centers, Earth Buildings, Smallholder Farms, Coffee Roasting/Cupping, Culinary Art Permaculture, Small Scale Silage Seed Systems, Organic Fertilizers, Soil improvement Options for Improving Soil Fertility on Smallholder Farms, Meet the Speaker sessions, Kingdom Impact through business SALT: Agroforestry Options for Upland Farming in the Humid Tropics, Community Development: The process and some fun tools, Making the shift from teacher to learner led Community Health

9:00-11:55

Plenary Speakers

09:00-09:45 - Melanie Edwards, "Coffee in Myanmar." 10:15-11:00 - Osamu Arakawa, "Life Giving Agriculture and Life Killing Technology." 11:10-11:55 - Dr. Pepijn Schreinmachers, "Improving Lives Through Small Scale Vegetable Gardening."

13:30-16:00

Workshops

In no particular order, here is our current list of confirmed workshop subjects: Sustainable energy/Renewable Energy, Sustainable agriculture, Small Farm Resource Centers, Earth Buildings, Smallholder Farms, Coffee Roasting/Cupping, Culinary Art Permaculture, Small Scale Silage Seed Systems, Organic Fertilizers, Soil improvement Options for Improving Soil Fertility on Smallholder Farms, Meet the Speaker sessions, Kingdom Impact through business SALT: Agroforestry Options for Upland Farming in the Humid Tropics, Community Development: The process and some fun tools, Making the shift from teacher to learner led Community Health

All Day

Site Visits

A selection of half-day and full-day site visits for your choosing

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Pepijn Schreinemachers

Improving Lives Through Small-scale Vegetable Gardening

Dr. Ozzie Abaye

Smallscale Silage Production in the Tropics

Dr. Laval Yau

Business for Transformation in Myanmar

Dr. Tom Thompson

Soil Fertility and Management for Smallholder Farmers

Karen L. Stoufer, DVM

The Answer is in the Room

Melanie Edwards

Coffee in Myanmar

Jeff Palmer

Improving Lives through Seeking First to Understand

Osamu Arakawa

Life Giving Agriculture and Life Killing Technology

Rangsarit Kunchaimung

Management of Self-reliant Communities


Lodging

Our conference will take place at the Holiday Garden Resort here in Chiang Mai. The location is great and offers lots of dining and shopping options within walking distance from the resort. To explore this location, here is their website: http://www.holidaygardenhotelandresort.com/.

Conference registration includes 4 nights accommodation however if you are coming early or staying late (up to 3 days before or 3 days after) you can book extra nights at the same conference rate of 900 THB per room per night (including breakfast). If you are interested, simply email the hotel (info@holidaygardenhotelandresort.com), introduce yourself and explain you are part of the ECHO Asia conference. Let them know the days you would like to book (in addition to conference) and they will confirm with you!




Food

There are lots of dining options within walking distance of the resort. Nimmanhaemin Road offers lots of options: http://www.chiangmaiinfo.com/nimman The food level as well as the roof of Maya Mall has lots of options and beautiful views: http://www.mayashoppingcenter.com/