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With this first edition of 2001, we wish all our readers a happy, healthy and successful new year. And, for those directly involved in farming, we hope that 2001 brings favourable weather, fairer reward and a policy environment that supports, rather than hinders, agricultural development. Information will, as ever, be an essential spur to progress. New Agriculturist will continue to play its part and looks forward to receiving information from readers that could be of value to others.

In this edition we contine our Focus on livestock health, a subject with wide implications not least for human health and wellbeing (see Waking up to reality). Outbreaks of anthrax and News that Foot and Mouth Disease is spreading in southern Africa confirm that livestock diseases, whether zoonoses or not, bring great hardship and economic loss. We also touch indirectly upon human health in Developments with a first hand account of farmers in The Philippines earning a good income from growing a medicinal crop used to treat respiratory diseases (see Filipino remedy). And for readers whose principal interests lie with crops rather than livestock, Martin Wolfe's Perspective on mixtures and monocultures, and our Points of View on organic agriculture, show that 2001 will be a year of lively debate about best practice in agriculture and the policy issues (see Consensus building in the Caribbean) which surround it.

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Points of view
 Organic farming

Focus on Livestock Health (part 2)
 No vet in sight?
 Pave-ing the way forward?
 Africa's genetic solution to intestinal worms
 Waking up to reality?
 Anxieties over anthrax
 Handheld solution to a hidden problem
 Quality Assurance is key to economic prosperity

In Print
 Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making
 The Baobab and the Mango Tree
 Breaking ground: Development aid for land reform
 Community Forest Management A Casebook from India
 Why Poison Ourselves? A precautionary approach to synthetic chemicals
 Highland Rice Production in the Philippine Cordillera
 Seed policy and programmes in the Near East and North Africa
 Seed policy and programmes for Asia and the Pacific
 Learning from change: Issues and experiences in participatory monitoring and evaluation
 The Conservation Handbook: Research, Management and Policy
 Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century
 Home Gardens in Lesotho
 The Economic Role of Women in Agricultural and Rural Development: promoting income-generating activities
 Coming Clean: Corporate Disclosure of Financially Significant Environmental Risks
 Communicating Sustainability
 Communicating the Environment

 Diversity within crops restricts disease
by Martin Wolfe

 Public goods for private profit?
 Making globalization work for the poor
 A guinea pig called cress
 Trade barriers up or down?
 Foot and Mouth Disease
 Sensory perceptions
 Stormy times for India's GM cotton
 Coconuts crash in Kerala
 Domestic animals in danger
 Taking care of the small fry
 Sitting target
 Oil plans hit sticky patch
 Zambia's farmers get excited by herbs and spices
 QPM spreads further
 Seeds for East Timor, cows for Kosovo

 Unearthing a solution to cassava root rot
 Phoning for fingerlings?
 Consensus building in the Caribbean
 Filipino remedy
 Lake Victoria islanders - out of the frying pan

Country Profile


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