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The purpose of this guide is to provide volunteers with a method to learn about the biophysical, economic and social aspects of their host-communities by exploring how people relate to the local environment. As volunteers learn about their host-communities' relationship with the natural resource...
Despite 25 years of history and the rapid growth in number, organizational diversity and geographical coverage of community seed banks, recognition of their roles and contributions has remained scanty. This book reviews their history, evolution, experiences, successes and failures, challenges and...
The weight of literature suggests that improving economic infrastructure can boost economic growth. No country has sustained rapid growth without considerable public investment in infrastructure. However, while investment in infrastructure is a necessary condition for economic growth, it is not,...
Group promoters are key in any rural development. He or she has three important tasks: To help the rural poor to form small, autonomous groups, To help group members develop their skills, and To facilitate communications between groups and development services. This book is designed to guide GPs...
The Niger River Basin, home to 100 million people, is a vital yet complex asset for West and Central Africa. It is the continent's third largest river basin, traversing nine countries―Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. The River embodies both...
This study lays the groundwork for providing the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other agencies with information about what is needed to develop and implement integrated conservation development projects in the future. It highlights the...
This book brings together resources and information that will help the propsective volunteer find an appropriate placement.
Today's natural resource managers must be able to navigate among the complicated interactions and conflicting interests of diverse stakeholders and decisionmakers. Technical and scientific knowledge, though necessary, are not sufficient. Science is merely one component in a multifaceted world of...
Worldwide there are 1.1 billion people who do not have a way to get clean drinking water. Every year, 1.8 million people die from diarrheal disease, and it is estimated that 88% can be attributed to the lack of clean drinking water. This project will partner with the non-profit organization...
This Manual is written for trainers in governmental and non-governmental development organizations who are preparing their staff to work together with farmers in developing technologies appropriate to ecological agriculture and using few external inputs. The training is designed to stimulate...