This collection publishes concise but comprehensive handbooks on crop and animal agricultural production and issues relating to sustainable development. It gives priority to practical information and research results that are applicable in the field, and is geared towards producers in developing countries and the associations, trainers and technicans working with them. Researchers, teachers and students required to work in tropical environments will also find the basic concepts they need.
Conservation of grain once harvested is a key issue in the fight against food shortages and hunger. Cereal losses may be as high as 30% of gross production due to poor conservation, storage or loss due to other factors. This book, a handy reference for all those working first-hand to reduce post-harvest losses, discusses the different aspects of grain conservation: drying, storage and fighting insects and rodents.
This book deals with conditions and management methods for growing cotton in Africa, from seed to product use. It suggests agricultural practices and recommendations for the future, thereby helping to improve production of the cotton crop and the quality of its products. It is intended for all field professionals.
This work outlines the general principles and recommendations on the raising of domestic animals applied to the Southern countries, especially tropical regions. These recommendations are important in a context of intensification of farms (dairy, poultry, etc.) and changes in conventional farming. They address the "new" and traditional farmers so that they can take account of constraints in the conduct of animals and maintain their well-being.
Tropical forage crops used to feed the livestock are of crucial important in the sustainable development of hot regions. The first part of this work is intended to guide the choice of forage plants and their crops (diversity of forage plants and their uses based on environments and livestock systems). The second focuses on the growing and management of forage crops (production techniques from planting to harvesting the crops). The challenges of woody forage, production of forage seed and the economics of forage production are also addressed. A CD-ROM presents case studies, illustrations and sheets for each plant.
Sorghum is a vital food crop for populations in arid and sub-arid areas. It is also cultivated in temperate areas for animal feed. This book addresses all aspects of the plant (biology, genetics, sensitivity to pests) together with the cultivation systems, harvesting methods and how it is processed into human food. A wealth of illustrations supplement the in-depth, up-to-date knowledge on sorghum, its ecological functions and integrated protection.
A complete guide on seed production and distribution in tropical regions: technical aspects and organisation of seed production, basic principles for plant improvement and seed biology, management of operations relating to seed production, harvesting and post-harvest conditioning. It also deals with rules for placing on the market of seed and the management of seed breeding companies.
The oil palm food-processing sector relies hugely on village plantations. Intended especially for small oil palm planters, this book provides the technical and practical bases for creating and developing their palm stand. It is organised into 44 sheets covering all aspects: pre-nursery, nursery, creating the plantation, young crops, plantation in production, harvesting clusters, main accidents (diseases, pests, nutrition), safety.
Using examples, this book looks at the various techniques used for genetic improvement of livestock, such as selection, crossing and consanguinity.
This book covers the diagnosis of production systems in developing countries. It suggests an approach and tools that serve to describe farmers' choices and practices in terms of production, processing and marketing.
Producer organisations are very numerous and active in the farming modernisation process in southern developing countries. This didactic work analyses the advantage of the partnership with producer organisations, how they can be strengthened and their relations with the environment. The questions are made extremely accessible and are illustrated by numerous examples in the southern countries.