Agronomy & crop production
African Perspectives on Agroecology
Seed embodies life, power and culture and is at the heart of rich and varied cultures in Africa. But seed is under siege. As the world’s food and agricultural systems become increasingly industrialized, homogenized and privatized, seed has begun to epitomize the struggles involved and become symboli...
Cover Crops in Smallholder Agriculture
Lessons learned in Latin America is about the use and dissemination of cover crops in different agreoecosystems need to be made more widely available not only to Spanish speaking, but also Anglophone regions. This publication aims to inform a wide range of actors involved in rural development projec...
Commercial organic cotton production is a new area of activity, and research and analysis is still at an early stage, but what written material exists is presented here with material commissioned specifically for this book. It is organized according to the stages in the 'cotton chain', from farmer t...
Modern Coconut Management
Modern Coconut Management is aimed at guiding those who work with small-scale farmers and farmer groups through the complex area of coconut management. It will also be of value to the many processors and others whose livelihoods depend on coconuts. The emphasis is on the need for training and educat...
Intercropping and the Scientific Basis of Traditional Agriculture
This book is a pioneering, comparative study of the practice of intercropping (growing two or more crops at once in the same field). Innis's meticulous analysis of the scientific base of different traditional forms of agriculture in Jamaica, Nepal and India, is at the forefront of the search for int...
Livestock and Land-use Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa
Oxfam carries out original research on various aspects of its overseas programme, as part of a constant monitoring process, and in an effort to gain greater understanding of development programmes and practice. Although primarily a tool for institutional learning, some of the resulting reports are o...
Local crop diversity in the South is being threatened by the promotion of modern 'high-yield' varieties. These worldwide case studies show the importance of small-scale farmers and local communities to maintaining crop diversity.
David Cooper, Renée Velve, Henk Hobbelink
Activists present their experiences of managing plant genetic resources. The contributors document the achievements of farmers in developing crop varieties tailored to their needs, and demonstrate how these approaches can be built upon.
Cereal Banks - At Your Service?
Food security is one of the major concerns of people living in sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, cereal banks have become a widespread and popular response to the problem. This book presents, in the form of a story, some of the main questions and issues surrounding the setting up and running of a...
Forest Farm Husbandry
Based on experience at Ghana's Technology Consultancy Centre, this handbook describes successful methods of minimum tillage farming and alley cropping. It suggests that alley cropping offers great promise as a soil conservation and enriching technique.