Virtual Fair

September 3, 2020 Online - Worldwide

Why Attend?

Have you ever experienced a challenge that did not appear to have a solution? Technology, accross time has helped solve many problems that humans have faced.

In smallholder agriculture, Appropriate Technology helps address the unique problems that small-scale farmers experience. At ECHO's Apropriate Technology Virtual Fair, you will hear from practitioners around the that are utilizing innovative technology in their contexts. Join us on September 3 to explore presentations and exhibits of Appropriate Technology utilized around the world.

Who Should Attend?

Those interested in learning more about appropriate technologies for agricultural development contexts and networking with those working with their own innovative takes on technological needs should attend ECHO's Appropriate Technology Virtual Fair. Use this time to explore what others are doing to address challenges or better steward their assets.

  • Short-term or career missionaries
  • National community leaders and farmers
  • Leaders of development/relief-oriented organizations
  • University undergraduate, graduate students and professors
  • International project volunteers (e.g., Peace Corps)
Thursday September 3, 2020

10am - 12pm (Eastern Time)

Online - Worldwide
Register Online

The Appropriate Technology Fair features keynote speakers from the ECHO East Africa Regional Impact Center. ECHO East Africa has become well known for its successful Appropriate Technology program and partnerships.

Creative Capacity Building

Design is a creative process in which everyone can engage meaningfully in addressing community-level problems. Solutions are better when the design process is inclusive and when contributors are encouraged in their creative abilities, when their perspective is both honored and celebrated. Harold Msanya and Erwin Kinsey will be share about what creative capacity is, and their experience in coordinating and conducting creative capacity training workshops.

ECHOcommunity members participate in an online video chat

What to expect

    Inspired by our Regional Impact Center in East Africa, ECHO first hosted an Appropriate Technology Fair at our annual International Agriculture Conference in 2019, featuring over 20 different technologies. Our delegates explored and interacted with these tools, expanding possibilities. In keeping with the spirit of last years event, ECHO is taking the Appropriate Technology Fair Online.

    This year we will be hearing from East Africa Regional Impact Center Director, Erwin Kinsey, and Harold Msanya, Appropriate Technology Coordinator. Together they will discuss their experience in Creative Capacity Building. Organizations and practitioners from ECHO's network will discuss how they have utilized technology in their context. Come ready to learn, ask questions, and broaden your knowledge of technological ideas.


    • Keynote addresss
    • Interactive breakout sessions
    • Networking and interaction with speakers and other delegates

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10:00 AM 10:10 AM

Welcome and Commencement

10:10 AM 10:40 AM

Keynote Address: Creative Capacity Building

Erwin Kinsey & Harold Msanya

10:45 AM 11:10 AM

Lightning Talks

11:15 AM 11:55 AM

Breakout Sessions

  • Increasing impact of a technology through product expansion
  • Using technologies that increase agricultural production
  • Biogas technologies for local fuel needs
  • WASH considerations amid the COVID pandemic

11:55 AM 12:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Join the Event

Due to COVID-19 we've moved this year's conference online. Since there is no travel involved, the price for conference is acessible to many more people! We're offering everyone a single low-price this year.

Scholarships: $10 is a really affordable price for most, however, if you are unable to pay we are offering some scolarships to those who apply.

Provide a scholarship: Give the gift of the ECHO Appropriate Technology Virtual Fair to someone who couldn't attend otherwise! Simply add a scholarship to your order when you register, we will ensure it is used by a deserving delegate.

Virtual Fair Registration

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Attend the 2020 ECHO Appropriate Technology Virtual Fair.

  • Keynote Address Yes
  • Lightning Talks Yes
  • Breakout Sessions Yes
  • Networking Opportunities Yes
  • Conference AppYes

Two-Event Registration

$ 40 Register For Both Events

Attend both the Appropriate Technology Virtual Fair and the 2020 ECHO International Agriculture Conference. One registration for both events includes a $5 savings!

  • AT Virtual Fair Yes
  • International Agriculture Conference Yes
  • Discounted Rate Yes


Scholarships Awarded

As of 09/21/2020

Appropriate Technology

Still unsure? Check out past plenary speakers, highlighted below are two examples of recent Appropriate Technology themed Plenary Sessions. ECHOcommunity hosts video of all past plenary sessions for the International Agriculture Conference.

November 14, 2019

Creating appropriate technologies for people in developing countries

This talk will cover the Design Outreach (DO) appropriate technology design process as well as lessons learned and best practices...

November 14, 2018

Scaling horticulture technologies for smallscale farmers - From production to post harvest

This talk showcases technologies to mitigate these challenges, while drawing upon the lessons learned and obstacles overcome in the pathway to scale...

November 16, 2019

Investing in African women and thriving food markets through post-harvest innovation

While technologies have revolutionized agriculture and created growth in wealthier countries and regions, 90 percent of the produced food in Sub-Saharan Africa is harvested and processed by hand...

The resources and networking opportunities that make ECHO events unique are available year-round through ECHOcommunity.org

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Community Board

Network with other delegates through discussion of important topics. Get questions answered, and connect with event administrators.

Virtual Meet

Connect one-on-one with a delegate through the Virtual Meet. Suggest a meeting with someone who you want to get to know more and directly connect through the app.

Utilize the Community Board and Attendee Profiles to identify people that you want to follow up with!

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