Development is a) a process of people learning to solve their own problems, b) sustainably. It means progressing from one problem to another. Agricultural development is possible in more ways and climates than people often think. - Roland Bunch

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  1. In the present global climate of food shortages and price increases in food and fuel, it is more important than ever that communities improve local, sustainable food production. This handbook is a preliminary resource to introduce to you methods and concepts in tropical agriculture, and to assist...
  2. Agricultural Options forSmall-Scale Farmers features selected content from the first 100 issues of ECHO Development Notes, a quarterly technical bulletin targeted towards ECHO's international network of development workers. It is a book filled with practical options for helping resource-poor,...
  3. 1993-03-19 During the course of each year a number of individuals working in community development spend some days studying and planning at ECHO. In reality their felt need is not so much for a bit more knowledge (study), but for a project plan for how they are going to help local farmers. A number of such...
  4. 2006-10-20 Development is a) a process of people learning to solve their own problems, b) sustainably. It means progressing from one problem to another. Agricultural development is possible in more ways and climates than people often think.
  5. 2015-11-18 The cyclical relationship between agricultural development and human health can hinder or drive economic development. In this presentation, Dr. Hanson will explore the impacts of poor health on agricultural productivity and yield; and the inter-connected role of food scarcity and malnutrition on...
  6. 2014-04-20 There is no doubt in my mind that West African farmers want development if that means, among other things, more productive farming. Of course they would rather harvest seven than three sacks of sorghum per hectare. If that is so, why do so many choose not to engage in development projects that...
  7. 2013-10-20 This article challenges the long-held assumption that smallholder farmers are risk averse and delay land preparation and planting until they are assured of adequate rainfall, and that they inefficiently used the natural resources available to them. The author proposes that farming operations are...
  8. 2015-10-30 The word permaculture is mentioned with increasing frequency in speeches, books and magazine articles on sustainability and food security. What is permaculture? Is it a movement? A philosophy? Simply a set of design tools? In this article, I answer the above questions by looking at permaculture...
  9. 2015-04-30 Climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing humankind. It will increasingly impact rural small-scale farmers in developing countries, as well as agricultural practitioners partnering with them. Development workers will not only be increasingly asked to respond to emergencies...
  10. 2010-09-01 A case study on the introduction of the microgardening technology in The Gambia (West Africa)
  11. 2016-11-16 This presentation explores the benefits of linguistic and cultural sensitivity to increase the effectiveness and acceptability of agricultural development projects. Two examples of well-intentioned development projects, which failed for lack of cultural understanding, are cited – one a...
  12. 2016-11-16 Creation care is a unique way to better understand God and participate in his redemptive work in the world. Furthermore, while care of the environment may seem a secondary priority, those we seek to serve are particularly vulnerable to its degradation. Presenter:Since 1995, Scott Sabin has served...
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  14. The international journal Rural 21 has dedicated more than 50 years to all topics surrounding rural development. Its ambition is to further those strategies and policies that strengthen rural areas of developing and newly industrialising countries and encourage their implementation. The journal...
  15. 2009-07-01 Throughout the world, and even in the United States, engineers are tackling the challenges of sustainable development and public health - challenges that engineers are uniquely qualified to address. Yet engineers working abroad on development projects often lack the knowledge and information to...
  16. The view that a productive agriculture is critical for employment creation and poverty reduction is now widely shared within the development community. Yet, this has not always been the case. In the run up to the 2008 world food price crisis, many development practitioners, government officials...
  17. The SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network provides a knowledge exchange platform for all development practitioners with links to the activities of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the area of Agriculture and Food Security.Membershipis open to SDC staff and representatives...
  18. The ACP-EU technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), theEuropean Commission, theEU Presidency, theACP Group,Concord, and other partners organizeregular development Briefing sessions in Brussels on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU-ACP...
  19. The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings. We believe passionately that...
  20. A group of scientists, farmers and staff from development organizations in Malawi and Tanzania put together an integrated curriculum onagroecology,climate change,nutritionandsocial equity. This training material was written in such a way that rural people with limited education can use it to...
  21. The term “experience capitalization” refers to the process by which a specific project or programme (or “an experience” in general) is described and analysed, and from which lessons are identified, shared and used to improve development interventions. This is an iterative process that helps...
  22. Key Resource Sustainable Agriculture covers a wide range of topics: soil and water conservation, using organic matter to sustain soil fertility, pest management, cropping systems, livestock management, and many others. For agriculture to be sustainable, it must take into account not only the physical...
  23. 2017-01-20 What is extension? Traditionally extension has been an approach where information from researchers has been transferred to farmers through extension personnel. The information flow in that case was top down (from researchers to farmers). The assumption was that farmers lack knowledge and hence...
  24. 2011-01-19 Amazon Description : For more than 4,000 years, Asian farmers worked the same fields repeatedly without sapping the land's fertility and without applying artificial fertilizer! How they accomplished this miraculous feat is described by author Franklin Hiram King, a former official of the U.S....
  25. 1993-01-01 Amazon.com Description Rain forests are rapidly being cleared in the humid tropics to keep pace with food demands, economic needs, and population growth. Without proper management, these forests and other natural resources will be seriously depleted within the next 50 years. Sustainable...
  26. Key Resource 1992-03-10 Amazon.com Description This text examines the strategies and techniques of Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA) in the tropics and analyzes the scientific principles behind them. The central aim of the book is to show development workers how they can assist small-scale farmers...
  27. 2015-01-01 At present, a grave concern facing the Caribbean is the creation of sustainable food production systems. Over the past four decades, the increasing unsustainable use of agricultural inputs has become very evident in the farming sector, without much warnings being given about the adverse health...
  28. Key Resource 1997-06-25 Sustainable agriculture is not just a goal to be attained; it is an ongoing, dynamic process. Rather than a destination, it is a journey. At the present time, the vast majority of the world's agriculture is non-sustainable. If this self-destructive trend is allowed to continue, future generations...
  29. Key Resource 1988-01-01 2 Copies of 1988 Version This manual is designed to assist those who plan and implement small-scale agricultural projects. By promoting awareness of environmental concerns, the manual can increase the development worker's ability to design projects that are both environmentally sound and...
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  31. Key Resource 1980-01-19 General information about human nutritional needs forms the background for detailed discussion of various plant groups and the roles they fulfill in the human diet. Individual species of leaves, legumes, roots and tubers, fruit vegetables, and cereals that are especially appropriate for the...
  32. 2001-01-20 Amazon Description Many of the current controversies over globalization, intellectual property protection, biotechnology and the future of farming are played out in seed provision. This book examines seed management in traditional farming systems, reviews the history of formal plant breeding and...
  33. Key Resource 2012-01-20 The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present condition of global trauma is not "natural," but a result of humanity's destructive...
  34. Helping farming families increase production in a sustainable way, and sell more crops, is the most effective way to reduce hunger and poverty over the long term. When farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able feed to their families, send their children to school, provide...
  35. Outreach is one of the information dissemination strategies of Biovision Farmer Communication Programme. The goal of our outreach is to provide a one–stop information and knowledge hub for farmers in their localities. FCP Outreach has 22 field staff based in 13 resource centres in several regions...
  36. 2012-08-20 In many African countries, women are relegated to the periphery of the decision-making ladder on important issues such as access to land and other productive resources. This traditional legacy resulted in an unequal structure of society and unequal distribution of resources. In Zimbabwe,...
  37. Key Resource 2010-01-20 Cleome, spiderplant, Hibiscus sabdariffa, roselle, Sorghum bicolor, sorghum, Acanthosicyos horridus, nara, Allanblackia stuhlmannii, Alstonia boonei, alstonia, Anogeissus leiocarpa, n'galama, Baillonella toxisperma, moabi, Ceiba pentandra, kapok tree, Celosia argentea, celosia, Curcuma longa,...
  38. Key Resource 2012-01-01 Agricultural Options for Small-Scale Farmers features selected content from the first 100 issues of ECHO Development Notes, a quarterly technical bulletin targeted towards ECHO's international network of development workers. It is a book filled with practical options for helping resource-poor,...
  39. 1997-01-19 In the personal words of international development initiators,Reasons for Hopetells true stories of what can be done to improve the lives of those in rural communities. Read individually for specific guidance, or collectively for cumulative advice on how to promote the most desirable forms of...
  40. 1998-01-19 This book was written as a companion volume to Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experiences in Rural Development, a collection of case studies of programs that have succeeded in improving the lives and prospects of large numbers of rural hosuseholds, often in very inhospitable settings. We draw...
  41. 1981-01-19 We wrote this book to give people in the rural areas of South Africa some of the information they need to help organize their communities and improve their lives.
  42. Key Resource 1989-01-15 An urgent challenge facing agricultural scientists working on upland food-crop production in many parts of the humid and subhumid tropics is the need to find viable, sustainable, and environmentally sound alternatives to the ancient shifting cultivation and bush-fallow, slash-and-bum cultivation...
  43. Key Resource 2007-05-25 Amazon.com Description This handbook of locally based agricultural practices brings together the best of science and farmer experimentation, vividly illustrating the enormous diversity of shifting cultivation systems as well as the power of human ingenuity. Environmentalists have tended to...
  44. 2006-01-01 Known for its comprehensive coverage, Principles of Field Crop Production introduces students to over fifty species of crops and the most current principles and practices used in crop production today. Learn the botanical characteristics, economic importance, history and adaptation of various...
  45. Key Resource 2011-01-20 While products such as bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit and citrus have long been available to consumers in temperate zones, new fruits such as lychee, longan, carambola, and mangosteen are now also entering the market. Confirmation of the health benefits of tropical and subtropical fruit may also...
  46. Key Resource 1987-01-19 [Reference Book] Available full-text in USDA's national Agricultural Library http://naldr.nal.usda.gov (search Martin, Agriculture Hanbook 1987) The edible fruits of the Tropics are many in number, varied in form, and irregular in distribution. They can be categorized as major or minor. Only...
  47. Key Resource 2008-01-25 This book is the third in a series evaluating underexploited African plant resources that could help broaden and secure Africa's food supply. The volume describes 24 little-known indigenous African cultivated and wild fruits that have potential as food- and cash-crops but are typically overlooked...
  48. Key Resource 1987-11-01 This 505 page book is an exceptionally exhaustive source of information on tropical and subtropical fruits. It is a well-illustrated and very readable, practical guide for those interested in growing tropical and subtropical fruits either for the home garden or commercially. The fruits are...
  49. Key Resource 2011-01-20 Tropical and subtropical fruits are popular products, but are often highly perishable and need to be transported long distances for sale. The four volumes of Postharvest biology and technology of tropical fruits review essential aspects of postharvest biology, postharvest technologies, handling...
  50. Key Resource 2007-12-10 It has been recognized that an important factor in improving the viability of rural livelihoods in developing countries is the promotion of sustainable agriculture. As opposed to relying solely on cash crops, this can be more easily achieved through the domestication of various indigenous fruit...
  51. 2018-08-07 Session: The panel will speak to the need for multi stakeholder engagement in an endeavour to reduce malnutrition. In particular, we will look at nutrition from the perspective of SDGs. The team will add a special note on government efforts to reduce malnutrition in Tanzania with particular focus...
  52. Key Resource 2006-11-01 Turn your Florida yard into a beautiful cornucopia of delicious fruit. You can grow many of the world's best-tasting fruits in Florida's subtropical environment. Complete profiles of 80 native and non-native fruiting plants, ranging from the familiar, such as the strawberry and orange, to the...
  53. Key Resource 1992-01-19 This is the 2nd volume of the multivolume Prosea (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Handbook which aims to summarize knowledge about useful plants for workers in education, research, extension and industry. Perennial species grown primarily for their ediblefruits(fleshy or dry) which are...
  54. Key Resource 1980-01-19 The first part of the book, which assumes an elementary knowledge of agriculture, biology, and allied sciences, covers in detail the methods best suited to the cultivation of crops in the wet tropics. It advocates the use of intensive systems of agriculture which are less destructive to the...
  55. Key Resource 1984-04-30 In this book an attempt has been made of present a concise amount of useful information about a wide variety of tropical food crops. Invariably the inclusion of more crop species reduces the amount information that can ben about each. Although a format has been used to outline the information...
  56. Key Resource 2011-01-20 While products such as bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit and citrus have long been available to consumers in temperate zones, new fruits such as lychee, longan, carambola, and mangosteen are now also entering the market. Confirmation of the health benefits of tropical and subtropical fruit may also...
  57. Key Resource 2011-01-20 While products such as bananas, pineapples, kiwifruit and citrus have long been available to consumers in temperate zones, new fruits such as lychee, longan, carambola, and mangosteen are now also entering the market. Confirmation of the health benefits of tropical and subtropical fruit may also...
  58. Key Resource 1998-05-01 Amazon.com Description A wide variety of fruits is grown in the tropics, under a range of climatic conditions and soil types. Some have been widely used both within the tropics and also exported to temperate countries for many years, whereas others are currently grown almost exclusively for local...
  59. Key Resource 1981-01-19 Many new pasture plants have entered farming practice in the tropics and sub—tropics in the past two decades. This book attempts to define the principles of plant behavior which decide the ecological success or failure of these plants in the diverse environmental conditions of the tropical world....
  60. Key Resource 1997-01-19
  61. Key Resource 1987-01-19 Tropical Pastures and Fodder Crops outlines a philosophy for pasture improvement and examines various improved grass and legume species. It describes the establishment and continued management of pastures and provides information about the animals which graze them. This Second Edition contains...
  62. Key Resource 1993-01-19 Provides information for developing new vegetables, and discusses plant breeding methods for breeding for flavor, size, shape, or color
  63. Key Resource 1995-01-19 This is a manual or reference book specifically for Southern African practitioners of sustainable agriculture. Includes bibliography and index.
  64. Key Resource 2013-06-03 With Practical Information on Landshaping, Water Security, Perennial Crops, Soil Fertility, Nutrient-dense food, and more The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition. Ben Falk...
  65. Key Resource 2000-01-20 Permacopia: Book Three. ASIN:B001MW0KV4 This book, PERMACOPIA THREE; AN INVENTORY, is a study of many popular foods, plus some less known, multipurpose plants. The species in this book have been chosen for their acceptance, availability, utility, & their relative lack of rampancy. Included...
  66. Key Resource 1999-01-19 Then, PERMACOPIEA TWO; THE ENDEMIC, INDIGENOUS, & POLYNESIAN SPECIES of HAWAII, is the most important book for Hawaii. This would be the first place to identify the appropriate & sustaining plants for these islands. It includes information on 235 important plants from ‘A’ALI’I through...
  67. Key Resource 2007-01-20 The purpose of the Compendium of Brassica Diseases is to provide a thorough, authoritative, and practical reference guide for people engaged in diagnosing and managing disease problems in brassica crops destined for vegetable markets, seed, oil, and condiments the world over. Brassica, vegetable...
  68. Key Resource 1987-07-15 The most comprehensive wheat disease identification guide in print. Covers more than 100 diseases, disorders, and pests.
  69. Key Resource 1990-01-01 This manual is intended to be a guide to the vegetable production training course for developing country specialists offered at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center. It is designed as well to be a resource book for extension subject matter specialists and vocational agriculture...
  70. Key Resource 1985-04-01 Root crops is a general term commonly used for a wide variety of food plants that have an underground storage organ known as a root, tuber (rhizome), corm, or bulb. Root crops are rich in starch, and low in protein and oil. They are excellent sources of calories. Some are consumed as major...
  71. Key Resource 1996-10-15 Use this book to identify, control, and prevent diseases and disorders of melons, watermelons, squash, cucumbers, and other cucurbits. Table of Contents Introduction; Cucurbit Diseases; Infectious Disorders; Noninfectious Disorders; Botany and Culture; Seed Production; Cultural Practices Part 1:...
  72. Key Resource 2012-01-20 Plant Pathology, Third Edition, provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of plant pathology, incorporating important new developments in the field. The present volume also follows closely the organization and format of the Second Edition. It includes two new chapters, ""Plant Disease...
  73. Key Resource 2008-12-12 Crop production science in horticulture series: 17 Most of the world's poorest smallholders depend on tropical roots and tubers crops as their principal source of food and nutrition. These species produce large quantities of dietary energy and have stable yields under difficult environmental...
  74. Key Resource 1995-01-19 For the past 50 years, the main goal of agriculture has been to increase production at any price, using high amounts of fertilizers and pesticides and intensive industrial methods. This has caused damage to the environment and widespread rural depopulation. This study shows that there is a viable...
  75. Key Resource 1990-01-19 "Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center, Mag-uugmad Foundation, Incorporated/World Neighbors." Papers presented at the Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture in the Uplands, held in the Philippines from Aug. 25 to Sept. 9, 1989.
  76. Key Resource 1989-06-01 Formerly separate publications, the text and dictionary are combined into a one-volume complete guide to Shigo’s album of facts, photos, philosophies, and terminology regarding trees, their problems, and their proper care. On the basis that trees support more integrated groups of living things...
  77. Key Resource 1989-01-01 This fascinating, readable volume is filled with enticing, detailed information about more than 30 different Incan crops that promise to follow the potato's lead and become important contributors to the world's food supply. Some of these overlooked foods offer special advantages for developing...