The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) was a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA resources are now curated and maintained by CABI. Many of those resources are now available here. One example is the 8-page fold-out leaflet Rearing Dairy Goats. This leaflet goes over the basics of providing appropriate care for dairy goats including feeding, breeding, milking, and simple medical diagnosis and treatment. It is a practical, hands-on guide to starting with dairy goats that you may find helpful in your context. A few other titles include:
- Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets
- Preserving Green Leafy Vegetables and Fruits
- Rainwater Harvesting for Increased Pasture Production
Many of these documents are available in several languages (mainly French, Kiswahili, and Portuguese). As you browse this collection on ECHOcommunity, available languages for each document are noted just underneath the title.
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This 8-page fold-out leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, covers the subject of bee-keeping and honey processing. It gives some background to the subject, outlines processes and provides tips, tables and explanatory line drawings.
The valuable medicinal properties contained in certain plants are not, however, in doubt. In recent years, for example, the Chinese plant Artemisia annua, has become the essential ingredient in a new generation of anti-malaria drugs. The plant is now being grown in East African countries to supply pharmaceutical manufacturers in Europe. The bark of the tree Prunus africana is used in making treatments for prostate cancer. Sutherlandia, a native plant of South Africa, is being increasingly recognised for its value to HIV/AIDS sufferers. Other African plants, such as Devil’s Claw and African Geranium, are also gaining popularity as herbal medicines, particularly in Europe.
Medicinal plants therefore represent an important opportunity to rural communities in Africa, as a source of affordable medicine and as a source of income. Governments too need to be thinking about how to promote the benefits that medicinal plants have to offer, which may involve integrating herbal medicine into conventional healthcare systems. This raises important issues, such as regulation of traditional healers and ensuring certain standards are met.
This 8-page leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, helps pastoralists understand markets for animals and milk. It gives background information on types of products, market chains, adding value and different types of markets. Marketing processes are clearly outlined, along with tips, tables and explanatory line drawings.
This 8-page leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, describes how pastoralists can produce strong, healthy animals and high-quality milk that will fetch a good price. It gives background information on markets for animals and milk, choosing the right animal breeds, and animal nutrition and health. Tips and explanatory line drawings are provided throughout.
This 8-page leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, describes 10 ways that pastoralists can make more money from their milk. Ideas include splitting the herd, organising a marketing group and starting a small processing plant. Illustrated throughout with line drawings, further tips are provided in areas such as health and nutrition, hygiene and giving women a bigger role in marketing.
This 8-page leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, describes 11 ways that pastoralists can improve the marketing of their livestock. Ideas are given on keeping animals healthy, organising marketing groups and transporting livestock. Illustrated with line drawings throughout, further tips are included in areas such as managing finances, and improving marketing facilities and management.
This 8-page leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, describes the services that pastoralists need to market their animals, milk and hides effectively. It gives information on markets, financial services, transport, market facilities and processing plants. Tips, including on getting government help, along with explanatory line drawings, are provided throughout.
Making a trench bed What do you need to start a garden?
- Lots of enthusiasm and, in the beginning, some hard work.
- A piece of ground as little as twenty square metres will ensure that your family always has something fresh to eat; a larger area makes it possible to grow enough vegetables to sell. If you do not have this much space, speak to the people who live around you, find some vacant land and start a community garden. And, if this is not possible, you can try growing vegetables in containers. A few fresh vegetables are better than none at all.
This 8-page fold-out leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, covers the subject of controlling the mango fruit fly. It gives some background to the subject, outlines processes and provides tips, tables and explanatory line drawings.
This 12-page fold-out leaflet, practical for use in the field and easy to read, covers the subject of linking smallholder farmers to markets. It gives some background to the subject, outlines processes and provides tips, tables and explanatory line drawings.