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The brown revolution: a sustainable response to the global food crisis

Brown revolution methods can restore farm land, and help it to produce the food that it is meant to produce.

Stan Doerr will present “The Brown Revolution: A Sustainable Response to the Global Food Crisis and Viable Options for the Small Scale Farmer,” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 8 AM. The presentation is part of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings, Nov. 3-7 in Tampa, Florida. The theme of this year’s conference is “Water, Food, Energy, & Innovation for a Sustainable World”. Members of the media receive complimentary registration to the joint meetings.

About eighty percent of farmers work on less than 5 acres of land. Many farmers are hungry. How can that be? They have very few resources, money, time, or education. The characteristics of the soil on their farm are worn and weathered. These farmers do not have enough land to allow for fallow years; their crop production is going down.

The Brown Revolution focuses on building soil ecology, thus enabling local farmers to feed communities, not just families. It does not require huge inputs of capital or high technology. The methods can restore the land, and help it to produce the food that it is meant to produce. The methods can also be replicated in various geographic areas.

ECHO is a global organization that provides tech support for those working with small-scale farmers. They are conducting multiyear research in South Africa to demonstrate ways in which farmers can build capacity of their soils, funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Results of conservation agriculture methods are now showing why Brown Revolution techniques are working. They are now in year 4 of their study. ECHO has taught farmers how to prepare their soils before the rainy season with microcatchments. When the rains come, the microcatchments create microsystems that provide for better seed germination, hold in fertilizer, and improve yields. The soils have gone from 0.25% active carbon to 4% during the four years of the study.

Additionally, intercropping with legumes—ones that produce an edible food, such as Pigeon pea or Lablab bean—have helped put up to 500 pounds of nitrogen back into the soils. They also provide an additional source of food and income. Cover crops have helped to reduce soil temperature by 20 degrees F. It helps build the ecology of the soil, and enhance soil’s ability to keep its nutrition levels high.


If you would like a 1-on-1 interview with Mr. Doerr, contact Susan Fisk at the above email.

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), is a scientific society helping its 8,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.

Charity Navigator Unveils ECHO as Top Int’l Charity Organization in Florida

Charity Navigator Unveils ECHO as Top Int’l Charity Organization in Florida

North Fort Myers, Fla, July 2, 2013---Charity Navigator, America's leading independent charity evaluator, has named ECHO the number one international charity in Florida and in the topp 100 in the United States. Since 1981, ECHO has been researching and delivering sustainable hunger solutions for small-scale farmers around the world.

“We are pleased to have been recognized as the state’s leading international non-profit organization. ECHO is focused on reducing hunger and improving livelihoods among the 450 million small-scale farmers around the world. Pursuing our mission with transparency and accountability helps us make a difference in the lives of children and families in at least 120 countries every month,” says ECHO’s President/CEO, Stan Doerr.

ECHO’s number one ranking, as the leading international charity organization in Florida, is based on Charity Navigator’s assessment of ECHO’s governance practices; timely public release of financial information; management of administrative and fundraising costs; and, policies regarding donors.

More information about ECHO’s services is available at:

About: ECHO provides sustainable options to world hunger through innovative options, agricultural training, and networking with community leaders and missionaries in 180 developing countries. ECHO seeks to find agricultural solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions. ECHO’s international headquarters is located in Fort Myers, FL.