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Seed Resources for New crop introductions:

ECHO offers many species and varieties of underutilized food plants likely to grow well under difficult growing conditions. Many of these species may be new to you - we are here to help you choose the species that will best suit your needs and your area.

Always begin with your local surroundings - this is the best place to start! Observe the crops that are growing locally, those sold in the food markets or those that your community members grew in the past. Use this as a guide to evaluating plants with similar requirements. ECHO encourages study, experimentation and cooperation with local/national agricultural organizations prior to establishing any large-scale plantings. 

Here you will find several resources and suggestions to help you in the decision making process.  ECHO has several documents that are helpful as an introduction to plant and seed selection for agricultural development. We encourage you to read these helpful materials to help gain perspective and avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Selecting the Best Plants for the Tropical Subsistence Farm

Introducing New Seeds Overseas



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