Studies of resource management in four areas (Google books)

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Perception of desertification

R. L. Heathcote

United Nations University, 1980 – 134 pages

Volume 10 of NRTS (UNUP)

ISBN9280801902, 9789280801903

Most studies of desertification, acknowledge the role of human activity in affecting & often initiating the process. That human activity is in response to a variety of decisions on & systems of resource management.

This publication provides studies of resource management in four areas where desertification is said to be occurring & documents the role of perception of desertification in the decision-making on resource management.

The studies are on the dry zone of Sri Lanka, the Southern Great Plains of North America, the Murray Mallee of Southern Australia & the irrigation of the Murray Valley in South Australia.

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In situ conservation of crop wild relatives (New Agriculturist / Earthscan)

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Crop wild relatives – A manual of in situ conservation

Edited by Danny Hunter and Vernon Heywood
Published by Earthscan
Website: http://www.earthscan.co.uk
2011, 414pp, ISBN 978 1 84971 179 1 (Pb), £29.99

Crop wild relatives (CRW) are a vital source of genetic variation, and will be increasingly important as plant breeders strive to meet the challenges of a changing climate. However, despite widespread publicity of their importance, a recent survey published in Science revealed that there was no decrease in the rate of biodiversity loss between 1970 and 2010.

This comprehensive volume is the first in a new series of Issues in agricultural biodiversity, a joint project from Earthscan and Bioversity International, and provides practical guidance for CWR conservation worldwide. The book reads easily – a tribute to the authors and their editors – and numerous case studies indicate the urgent need for action in fields, forests and pasture lands. They also illustrate how the need for CWR conservation has been presented successfully to rural people, enabling them to implement action plans and transform their own lives and livelihoods in the process.

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Pocket guides for paprika and chilli farmers in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique (New Agriculturist / ASNAPP)

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*ASNAPP – Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products

To support the activities of paprika and bird’s eye chilli farmers in the Chinyanja Triangle (Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique), two technical pocket guides – containing production and post-harvest information – have been compiled. The simple guidelines also recommend grading systems to help farmers increase the quality and marketability of their products.

To combat the lack of adequate and simple guides, ASNAPP* brought together service providers, research institutions, universities, government ministers, NGOs, traders and representatives of smallholder farmers’ associations to unpack available technical guidelines. Together they created a durable pocket size booklet that presents step-by-step instructions pictorially so farmers can clearly understand and implement the best practices.

My different YOU TUBE-videos (Willem Van Cotthem)

Please enjoy my YOU TUBE-videos on different subjects :

 

SCHOOL GARDEN IN SAMBELKUNDA (THE GAMBIA) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF09axycfJ4 11/01/31
BEAUTY OF PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID FLOWERS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVvvZu3SyE4 16/02/11
PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID SYMPHONY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfawn3gaqXU 16/02/11
CONTAINER GARDENING PROJECT IN MALAWI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58juqATSpoY 01/31/11
CONTAINER GARDENING – PART 1 http://www.youtube.com/share_inline?v=B7h5qrOIRIk 02/02/11
CONTAINER GARDENING – PART 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKg4L5iMeyo 05/02/11
FORÊT D’ARGANIERS – ARGAN FOREST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRdu6HUIyJU 06/02/11
JARDIN DE FAMILLE EN ALGERIE – PARTIE 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ed3AYiuIY8 07/02/11
FAMILY GARDENS IN ALGERIA – PART 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEuXXTVB9-4 08/02/11
FAMILY GARDENS IN ALGERIA – PART 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELIWmbyM7_8 11/02/11
JARDIN DE FAMILLE EN ALGERIE – PARTIE 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmZ69y3IQAM 11/02/11
REFORESTATION IN BURKINA FASO – 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF8TTcH9tK0 13/02/11
REBOISEMENT AU BURKINA FASO – 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tab7ZruEN6s 14/02/11
FAMILY GARDENS IN ALGERIA – 2005 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaqJx8oxTw 16/02/11
AZALEA FLOWER DEVELOPMENT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOkJ6B9NFrU 17/02/11
DRAGONFRUIT (HYLOCEREUS UNDATUS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McIp5nuKH9U 18/02/11
GROWING AVOCADOS IN CONTAINERS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_yP1Zztxjc 21/02/11
ENCYCLIA VITELLINA ORCHID http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIuWzw4TlEI 22/02/11
POTAGERS SOS VILLAGE D’ENFANTS DRARIA-ALGER 2006 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_kaxP0ZXXU 24/02/11
VIBEG’S PROJECTDAG ZADEN VOOR LEVEN 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ8nzdtGoEI 28/02/11
MALNUTRITION ET POTAGERS AU SAHARA 2007-1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2VrJJpgIAg 05/03/11
MALNUTRITION AND FAMILY GARDENS IN THE SAHARA DESERT 2007-1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUTQOGeDsK4 06/03/11
MALNUTRITION AND FAMILY GARDENS IN THE SAHARA DESERT 2007-2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXDAKTM1gZM 06/03/11
Malnutrition et potagers au Sahara 2007-2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmyqUYZsDfs 06/03/11
Malnutrition and family gardens in the Sahara desert 2007-3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizSR5Jk3-I 07/03/11
Family gardens in refugees camps 2007-10A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-NTLv_t-XI 08/03/11
Family gardens in refugees camps 2007-10B http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3zPfm3LwUY 09/03/11
Family gardens in refugees camps 2008-2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79BwvyTZD5I 13/03/11
AMARYLLIS – from bud to flower http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWNCcWKgx-g 14/03/11
Family gardens in refugees camps 2010-2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOD-fLdGWwQ 18/03/11
Rhododendron – from bud to flowers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p__0MY25hRA 19/03/11
CABO VERDE – Growing vegetables 1987 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRuMoBcWSEY 22/03/11
CABO VERDE – Growing ornamentals on Sal 2002-2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxIDMAcVo6o 23/03/11
CABO VERDE – SCHOOLGARDEN ON SAL 2002-2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WfZkB-KUow 24/03/11
Bumblebees in my garden – Spring 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfkS7JVD7tE 26/03/11
Spring in my garden http://youtu.be/uccQfvAT7ig 26/03/11
GARDEN BEAUTIES 2007-2008 http://youtu.be/Zi47yuRvcFg 04/04/11
GARDEN BEAUTIES WINTER AND SPRING 2010 http://youtu.be/2iiIiQIzd0M 04/04/11
GARDEN BEAUTIES SUMMER 2010 http://youtu.be/e6-IgRa_Qmc 07/04/11

 

How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel (City Farmer News / Green Books)

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http://www.cityfarmer.info/2011/01/21/how-to-grow-food-in-your-polytunnel/

Linked by Michael Levenston

By Andy McKee and Mark Gatter
Green Books
October 22, 2010

Are you using your polytunnel to its full potential? If so, not only will it provide you with tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer, but you’ll also be harvesting fresh crops all year round, even when the ground outside is frozen. You could be harvesting sweet potatoes and late celery in November; winter radish, baby carrots and celeriac in early February; and salads leaves right through the winter. Even in the ‘hungry gap’ you’ll have a choice of new potatoes, pak choi, broad beans, peas, tender cabbages, cauliflower, beetroot and more.

How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel has all the information you need to make the most of this precious covered space, including:

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New Earthscan Books

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20% DISCOUNT ON ALL EARTHSCAN BOOKS

To receive our standard 20% discount for all Earthscan books please use the voucher code EN1210 when you order online. We are also offering a 50% discount on personal journals subscriptions for 2011. Email sales@portland-services.com to place your order.

This month’s highlights

‘Scarcity has powerful meanings and uses. Lyla Mehta follows the political career of scarcity in the modern world and, in turn, makes us look at the shape of that world in a new light.’
Frank Trentmann, author of Free Trade Nation and Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London

The Limits to Scarcity looks at how scarcity has emerged as a totalizing discourse and questions its taken-for-granted nature. Chapters examine scarcity debates across three of the most important resources – food, water and energy – and their implications for theory, institutional arrangements, policy responses and innovation systems. The authors demonstrate that scarcity is not a natural condition: the problem lies in how we see scarcity and the ways in which it is socially generated.

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‘Whoever really cares for the future of mankind’s food should read this book. Crop wild relatives are essential for attaining a sustainable agriculture.’ Professor Jose Sarukhan, Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Crop wild relatives (CWR) are plant species which are more or less closely related to crops. Providing a pool of genetic variation that can be used in breeding new and better adapted varieties of crops that are resistant to stress, disease, drought and other factors, they will be increasingly important in allowing crops to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Crop Wild Relatives presents new research into good practices and conditions for their effective conservation with case studies from around the world.

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The Adventures of the Ping

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The Adventures of the Ping

Economics of Eco-services and the Restoration of Natural Capital

Professor Willem Van Cotthem’s blog on desertification. He also set up Seeds for Food, which takes donations of seeds from the fruit and vegetables you eat at home to be planted in the Sahara.

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Now in publication – the French edition of this important publication.
Ici maintenant! l’édition en français de cette grande publication.

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REDD+ in dryland forests (IIED)

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International Institute for Environment and Development

REDD+ in dryland forests: Issues and prospects for pro-poor REDD in the miombo woodlands of southern Africa

Published: May 2010 – IIED
Language: English
Price: £23.00 UK
and $35.00 US, $0.00 to Non-OECD countries

Implementing REDD+ programs involves providing sufficient incentives to land users and requires a supportive policy, legal and institutional environment. Community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) in the miombo ecoregion of east and southern Africa has addressed these issues in its evolution. This has seen the evolution of policy, legal and institutional mechanisms that attach market value to commonly controlled resources and facilitate market-led conservation, leading to some successful sustainable management of natural resources. The lessons from CBNRM in the miombo ecoregion provide a basis on which REDD+ in dry-land forests can build. While there has been a general positive trend in the development of supportive policies at regional level, individual countries are at different stages of a policy continuum. In a region where poverty is high and is also a key driver of land use change, REDD+ mechanisms need to be pro-poor, explicitly addressing and building the assets and capability of the poorest households at policy level and in practice. They also need to pay for the value of land uses that the poor could have otherwise pursued in the absence of REDD+ as well as the costs of facilitating the implementation of REDD+ in environments where forest resources are often jointly owned or managed by communities. These costs are highly variable across the region.

The Program on Forests (PROFOR) supported a research project in the miombo ecoregion to address these and other issues that a REDD program in the region would be confronted with. Three country case studies covering Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia were used to draw lessons from CBNRM that could inform pro-poor REDD as well as providing the likely opportunity costs of REDD+. The study draws on well – documented experiences of CBNRM and wide consultations undertaken by country experts during the study.

Sustainable Development in Practice (IIED)

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International Institute for Environment and Development

Sustainable Development in Practice: Lessons Learned from Amazonas

Published: Jun 2010 – IIED

Area: Brazil

Topics: Environmental Management & Planning, Natural Resource Management

Language: English

Series: Environmental Governance 3

Price: £13.50 UK

and $25.00 US

Historically, the Amazon region has taken a ‘frontier’ approach to development that has destroyed forests. From 2000-2002, Professor Virgilio Viana worked with IIED to explore options for more forest-friendly forms of development. The Governor of Amazonas subsequently appointed Viana as the first ever Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development. Viana was able to make the case for and implement several options, which were marked out by being scientifically based, simple to understand, and attractive to many stakeholders. For example, the Bolsa Floresta scheme – where forest households are rewarded with monthly payments into credit card accounts for practising ‘farming without fire’ – is conserving carbon, biodiversity and more.

This book is the result of a short sabbatical at IIED to reflect on this experience, telling the story of Bolsa Floresta, many other schemes, and of improving the mandates of environmental institutions so that they become sustainable development agents. The book closes with a proposal for a National Project for the Amazon, based on experience in Amazonas State. IIED believes that the ideas developed and honed over the last few years are both timely and inspiring – both for Brazil and for countries further afield, as they now search for new ‘green economies’.

Agricultural investment and opportunities for smallholders (IIED)

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International Institute for Environment and Development

Making the most of agricultural investment: A survey of business models that provide opportunities for smallholders

Published: Jun 2010 – IIED and FAO
Language: English
To obtain a copy please email: marie.jaecky@iied.org

Recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in agricultural investment. In many cases, this has translated into large-scale acquisitions of farmland in lower- and middle-income countries. Partly as a result of sustained media attention, these acquisitions have triggered lively if polarised debates about “land grabbing”. Less attention has been paid, however, to alternative ways of structuring agricultural investments that do not involve large-scale land acquisitions. These include a wide range of more collaborative arrangements between investors and local smallholders and communities, such as diverse types of contract farming schemes, joint ventures, management contracts and new supply chain relationships. Drawing on a literature review, this report explores the range of business models that can be used to structure agricultural investments in lower- and middle-income countries, and that provide an alternative to large-scale land acquisitions.

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Biofuels, land access and rural livelihoods (IIED)

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International Institute for Environment and Development

Biofuels, land access and rural livelihoods in Mozambique

Published: Jun 2010 – IIED
Language: English
Price: £16.50 UK and $25.00 US

In recent years, global demand for biofuels has increased as a result of changing oil prices coupled with concerns over energy security and climate change. In Mozambique, private investors have expressed growing interest in biofuel production. While this trend may create new livelihood opportunities, it may also undermine access to land and natural resources for rural people.

This report explores the early impacts of the biofuels boom on access to land and on local livelihoods in Mozambique. It draws on fieldwork on biofuel projects representing different business models for agricultural production.

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