Farming Practices Books

  • Integrated mariculture. A global review

    FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Papers # 529This technical paper provides a comprehensive review of current integrated mariculture practices around the world in three papers covering temperate zones, tropical zones and one semi enclosed ecosystem, the Mediterranean Sea. Integrated mariculture includes a diverse range of co-culture/farming ...

  • Jatropha: A smallholder bioenergy crop. The potential for pro-poor development

    Integrated Crop Management # 8Jatropa is an underutilized, oil-bearing crop. It produces a seed that can be processed into non-polluting biodiesel, and grows under drought condition. This publication presents a compilation of information on key practical issues affecting jatropha for pro-poor development, based on the knowledge available from ...

  • Vital Forest Graphics 2009

    Forests are not only important for the 1.6 billion people who depend on them for their livelihoods, but for the world’s population at large. Forests play a critical role in the Earth’s life support system, including global carbon and hydrological cycles. To help communicate the value of forests to policy-makers and the wider public, ...

  • Governing Africa's Forests in a Globalized World

    Many countries around the world are engaged in decentralization processes, and most African countries face serious problems with forest governance, from benefits sharing to illegality and sustainable forest management. This book summarizes experiences to date on the extent and nature of decentralization and its outcomes - most of which suggest an ...

  • Lessons From Forest Decentralization

    The decentralization of control over the vast forests of the world is moving at a rapid pace, with both positive and negative ramifications for people and forests themselves. The fresh research from a host of Asia-Pacific countries described in this book presents rich and varied experience with decentralization and provides important lessons for ...

  • Simple methods for aquaculture. Manuals from the FAO Training Series - Méthodes simples d'aquaculture - Metodos sencillos para la acuicultura. Version

    Five training manuals on 'Simple Methods for Aquaculture' and the 'Handbook on Small-scale Freshwater Fish Farming' are presented on the CD-ROM. These manuals are written in simple language, focusing on the practical aspects of semi-intensive fish culture in freshwaters from site selection and fish farm construction to the raising, final ...

  • Sustainable Agriculture: From Common Principles to Common Practice

    The International Forum on Assessing Sustainability in Agriculture(INFASA) was established by IISD and the Swiss College of Agriculture in 2006. INFASA aims to advance sustainable agricultural production by facilitating an ongoing strategic dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, producers, food industry leaders and consumers.INFASA debuted with ...

  • Comparative assessment of the environmental costs of aquaculture and other food production sectors. Methods for meaningful comparisons. FAO/WFT Expert

    Series: FAO Fisheries ProceedingsThe global food production sector is growing and in many areas farming systems are intensifying. Although food production from all sectors has environmental impacts and environmental costs, public opinion and regulatory oversight amongst the sectors in this area is uneven. In order to understand better the place of ...

  • Honey bee diseases and pests: a practical guide (En)

    Series: Agricultural and food engineering technical reportsIt is obvious that apicultural industries play an important role in generating employment opportunities and increasing family income in the rural areas of the world. Control of diseases and pest of honey bees is one of most challenging tasks in improving quality of honey and honey bee ...

  • Leasing agricultural land (En)

    Series: FAO Land Tenure NotesFAO's Land Tenure Notes provide information on land tenure in a format that can be used by grassroots organizations that work with small farmers and others in rural communities. Fair and secure leasing arrangements that balance the interests of the tenant and the land owner can lead to improvements in access to land ...

  • Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry

    In Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry, Worldwatch researcher Danielle Nierenberg documents the harmful effects of factory farming in both industrialized and developing countries and explains the range of consequences for the environment, human health and communities. From transmission of disease and loss of livestock diversity to ...

  • Defying Ocean`s End: An Agenda for Action

    If humankind were given a mandate to do everything in our power to undermine the earth's functioning, we could hardly do a better job than we have in the past thirty years on the world's oceans, both by what we are putting into it-millions of tons of trash and toxic materials-and by what we are taking out of it-millions of tons of wildlife. Yet ...

  • HOME GARDENS and AGROBIODIVERSITY

    Smithsonian Books has published Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity, edited by Pablo Eyzaguirre and Olga Linares. What is a home garden? The editors write that 'home gardens are microenvironments within a larger farming system that contain high levels of species diversity and may contain crop species or varieties of species different from those ...

  • Voluntary standards and certification for environmentally and socially responsible agricultural production and trade (En)

    Series: FAO Commodities and Trade Technical PapersThis publication is a summary of the presentations and discussions that took place during the meeting on 'Voluntary Standards and Certification for Responsible Agricultural Production and Trade' organized by FAO in April 2004. It presents the situation of the main import markets for certified ...

  • Guide to good dairy farming practice 2004 (En)

    This guide has been developed by the FAO/International Diary Federation Task Force on Good Dairy Farming Practices in a user-friendly format for dairy farmers. When adopted it will support the marketing of safe, quality-assured milk and dairy products, and focus on the relationship between consumer safety and best practice at farm level. The ...

  • Medicinal plants for forest conservation and health care (En)

     This volume brings together a collection of papers by some experts in medicinal plants. It is presented as a contribution to clarifying the many policy and technical issues associated with the conservation, use, production and trade of medicinal plants. This publication draws attention to the huge contribution of medicinal plants to traditional ...

  • Series: FAO Fisheries Technical Papers

    Series: FAO Fisheries Technical PapersThis document highlights the rising importance of seaweed farming and shows how an essential Asian food has become popular in North and South America as well as in Europe. The report will be useful to those who wish to know more about the seaweed industry, about the markets for commercial seaweeds and about ...

  • Explore on-farm. On-farm trials for adapting and adopting good agricultural practices (En)

    Explore On-farm aims at improving sustainable production of rainfed wheat-based farming systems. It brings researchers, farmers and extension agents together, on-farm, to carry out guided and collaborative crop trials. The trials should lead to the identification and reduction of constraints to productivity and to the adaptation of general ...

  • Sustainable management of tropical forests in Central Africa. In search of excellence (En)

     To highlight the numerous efforts undertaken in forest management within the past 20 years, FAO recently launched a new initiative entitled 'In search of excellence' to identify and document successful examples of sustainable management. This document contains in-depth analyses in the form of 14 case studies. The management practices identified ...

  • Practice before policy : an analysis of policy and institutional changes enabling community involvement in forest management in eastern and southern A

    There is growing recognition that centralized forest regimes, which exclude local knowledge and customary practices, have not achieved sustainable forest management. Most countries of Eastern and Southern Africa are reviewing and revising policies and laws and restructuring their agencies to accommodate emerging forest management imperatives. This ...

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