Communicating international development research (id21): Agriculture

Natural Resource Highlights” are published annually by id21, which is hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex in Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK). It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

id21 publishes these highlights on agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water. On the website you will find the full range of over 2000 research highlights.

I read the 2006 issues on all the above fields of interest and found very interesting contributions:


1. Can targeting family farms help to reduce poverty?
2. Agricultural extension: prioritising farmer’s needs.
3. Maize farming in Kenya.
4. Debating biotechnology in southern Africa.
5. Are fertiliser subsidies right for Africa?
6. Balancing indigenous crops and market demands in the Andes.

A number of useful websites are mentioned. These offer new possibilities for collecting information:

Agricultural Research an Extension Network:
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research:
Ecoagriculture Partners:
Future Agricultures:
Future Harvest:
Genetic Resources Action International:
Global Forum on Agricultural Research:
International Fertilizer Development Center:
International Food Policy Research Institute:
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute:

id21 Natural Resources Highlights are intended for people with limited internet access, and are free of charge. Those who would like to subscribe send their contact details to the following address, telling id21 which topics they would like to receive: agriculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, land, rural livelihoods and water:

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RE (UK)
Tel. +44 (0) 1273 678787
Fax +44 (0) 1273 877335

Let me strongly recommend this to all my friends of the developing countries, but also to all those interested in sustainable development. It’s almost a MUST!

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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