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A journey in the future of water

A journey in the future of water

A Journey in the Future of Water travels to 25 countries and all continents to explore water's role in the life of the planet and find out more about the ways in which different nations are seeking to respond to water issues.

Date published: January 2014

Milk and dairy products in human nutrition

Milk and dairy products in human nutrition

This book draws together information on the role of dairy products in human nutrition and the way that investment in dairy-industry development has changed.

Date published: January 2014

East African agriculture and climate change

East African agriculture and climate change

This book examines the food security threats of ten countries and explores how climate change will increase the difficulty of achieving sustainable food security throughout the region.

Date published: December 2013

Fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with neglected and underutilized species

Fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with neglected and underutilized species

This short, attractively presented guide outlines the value of underutilised plant species to food security, food system resilience, nutrition, livelihoods and cultural identity, drawing on success stories from around the world.

Date published: December 2013

The ecological hoofprint: The global burden of industrial livestock

The ecological hoofprint: The global burden of industrial livestock

Tony Weiss of the University of Western Ontario describes how increased consumption of meat by an increasing population is the most serious obstacle to feeding the world's estimated 9 billion population by 2050. Large scale, industrial meat production systems based on feeding animals with cereals and oilseeds receive his strongest criticism.

Date published: November 2013

Biotechnologies at work for smallholders

Biotechnologies at work for smallholders

From artificial insemination to use of DNA markers in crop breeding, this collection of 19 case studies illustrates the value of biotechnologies (not including genetic modification) to support smallholder farmers in raising productivity.

Date published: November 2013

Structured grain trading systems in Africa

Structured grain trading systems in Africa

A simply written and attractively structured guide to modern grain marketing, including warehouse receipt systems, commodity exchanges and trading standards.

Date published: October 2013

Draught animals

Draught animals

Practical information on use of draught animals, including training methods, design of harnesses and implements, and avoiding erosion.

Date published: October 2013

Feeding frenzy - The new politics of food

Feeding frenzy - The new politics of food

After reviewing the history of the global food system and the underlying causes of the recent turmoil in food markets, the author states that the answer lies in helping small farmers in poor countries to produce more food, and switching to agro-ecological farming systems that use fewer non-renewable resources, pollute less, and enhance the fertility of the land, while still producing sufficient quantities of food.

Date published: September 2013

The business of agricultural business services: Working with smallholders in Africa

The business of agricultural business services: Working with smallholders in Africa

Using case studies to analyse both supply-driven and market-driven provision of business services, the book proposes a new 'needs-driven' approach, which aims to overcome the shortcomings of the other two.

Date published: September 2013

 

 

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