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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Agricultural Programs, Food, International, International Agricultural Development

Mission: ECHO began in the early 1970’s when an Indiana businessman, Richard Dugger, visited Haiti and was led to start an organization dedicated to helping hungry people learn how to feed themselves. Dr. Martin Price became the Executive Director in 1981 and ECHO, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, began to focus on strengthening the ministries of missionaries, national churches and development workers as they assist small farmers or urban gardeners in developing countries. ECHO is a growing network for sharing information, ideas, techniques, seeds, methods, designs, books, materials, and solutions for fighting world hunger.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Echo is continuing to build a knowledge base of agricultural practices and appropriate technologies and then deliver this knowledge to development workers around the globe to reduce hunger and improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. This work involves fields and literature research, extensive networking with development practitioners, seed production and testing, writing and translating knowledge resources, providing training and supporting a growing network of members who access echo resources from over 132 countries each month. The thousands of user and hundreds of organizations who utilize echo resources regularly evaluate the usefulness and impact of these resources and the effectiveness of their delivery.

in order to move its knowledge resource development and dissemination activities closer to small-scale farmers around the world, echo operates regional impact centers/teams in southeast asia, east africa, west africa and the caribbean/central america. These impact centers focus on practices, knowledge, seeds, trainings, research and networking that are most beneficial to small-scale farmers and development workers in the respective regions. The work of the regional impact centers/teams is heavily supported by echo's u. S. -based activities identified in 4a above. Echo's regional resources and trainings are regularly evaluated by practitioners throughout the regions.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at ECHO during the past three years. ECHO is different than many non-profit organizations who help with World Hunger, because it "teaches people to fish, instead of just giving them a fish". West African Farmers have experienced large increases in their harvest of corn, millet, vegetables, and fruit after attending ECHO's training. There have been two training events in Burkina, and a WEST African Impact Center is opening soon. It is exciting to see people harvesting an adequate amount to feed their families, while also having extra to sell, meeting other needs like medicine, education and clothing. ECHO is worth supporting as it is truly making a difference around the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago, a staff member from ECHO came to our church and gave a presentation about how this charity helps to end hunger around the world by teaching people how to grow their own food, and providing the seeds and other resources to do that. I was so impressed that they were providing help long-term, by empowering communities to feed themselves, rather than by a short-term donation of food. I wish they had a northern office location so that I could volunteer for them.

1 Cobi K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have the unique opportunity to interact with many non-profits and community organizations in Southwest Florida, and ECHO stands out as an example of excellence in what they do. ECHO has had far-reaching effect here in Florida, but from what I've experienced this is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. This organization's programs, while often understated, are profoundly effective around the world. I have had the privilege of travelling to places where ECHO's expertise, seeds, and information exchange have empowered people to change their own lives, and the lives of their neighbors. ECHO is an organization that is less concerned with their own prominence and more concerned with discovering, creating and exposing real, accessible and sustainable solutions to real problems.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to interact with ECHO several times over the last 4-5 years, including on site training, the annual conferences and via email. ECHO consistently delivers information and networking that exceed my expectations. The commitment of the staff and volunteers and their kindness and encouragement are outstanding.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

While an intern at ECHO for one year, through hands-on experience I gained invaluable knowledge and skills that are foundational to my work here in Bolivia serving the poor through sustainable agriculture. While working here in Bolivia, ECHO continues to help my by supplying information and seeds to support my work here.