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Living with the trees of life: Towards the transformation of tropical agriculture

Living with the trees of life: Towards the transformation of tropical agriculture

How to transform agriculture so that it is capable of even greater output but without even further environmental and human costs is the challenge answered by Roger Leakey in Living with trees.

Date published: October 2012

Organic agriculture for sustainable livelihoods

Organic agriculture for sustainable livelihoods

Does paying a premium price in a supermarket for organic certified coffee really improve the environment in the country of origin, or support local development? And for NGOs working to improve poor people's livelihoods, is organic agriculture a strategy worth encouraging? Organic agriculture for sustainable livelihoods offers comprehensive answers across a number of key areas.

Date published: October 2012

Vanilla handbook

Vanilla handbook

With over 20 years experience of growing and processing vanilla and helping large numbers of farmers in the South Pacific to do the same, Bianchessi has distilled that knowledge into this highly practical handbook.

Date published: October 2012

Livestock sector development for poverty reduction: Livestock's many virtues

Livestock sector development for poverty reduction: Livestock's many virtues

Using a broad variety of sources and perspectives, the book identifies conditions under which livestock can help to reduce poverty sustainably and highlights the importance of good policies and institutions.

Date published: September 2012

Analysing REDD+: Challenges and choices

Analysing REDD+: Challenges and choices

Seven years since the idea of reducing emissions through avoided deforestation (REDD) was launched, Analysing REDD+ looks at how REDD+ has changed and why, how it is unfolding in national policies, what it looks like on the ground, the main challenges in designing and implementing it, and the choices required to make it more effective, efficient and equitable.

Date published: September 2012

The Landgrabbers - The new fight over who owns the Earth

The Landgrabbers - The new fight over who owns the Earth

Fred Pearce has travelled widely and dug deep to expose an international scandal that threatens many with tragedy. He details the varied actors and scenarios that comprise this burgeoning transformation of land access and future food security.

Date published: September 2012

Contested agronomy: Agricultural research in a changing world

Contested agronomy: Agricultural research in a changing world

Over the last forty years, agricultural research in the developing world has been profoundly influenced by several powerful trends, including the emergence of the environmental agenda and the pressure for participatory technology development. This raises the need for a 'political agronomy' analysis of the factors that are driving research, to which Contested Agronomy makes a compelling contribution.

Date published: August 2012

The last hunger season - A year in an African farm community on the brink of change

The last hunger season - A year in an African farm community on the brink of change

As the title intimates, this is an account of the author's time with an African rural community. He recounts the struggles of four families in western Kenya, which are assisted to improve their subsistence farming practices utilising loans and advice made available by a US-based NGO, One Acre.

Date published: August 2012

Sharing for survival - Restoring the commons and society

Sharing for survival - Restoring the commons and society

Sharing for survival suggests that the best way of reducing emissions is a bottom-up approach, with citizens worldwide taking steps to protect the common resources on which we all depend.

Date published: August 2012

Every last drop - Rainwater harvesting and sustainable technologies in rural China

Every last drop - Rainwater harvesting and sustainable technologies in rural China

Over the past two decades a quiet revolution has been taking place in the countryside of China where hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. This book focuses on some of the clever uses of rainwater harvesting, both to dramatically improve crop yields and provide households with reliable domestic water supplies.

Date published: July 2012

 

 

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