Land Cultivation Books

  • Peasant seeds, the foundation of food sovereignty in Africa

    Nyéléni, a legendary Malian peasant who excelled in cultivating the land, gave her name to a global forum on food sovereignty organised in Sélingué, Mali, in February 2007. The Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali (CNOP) organised a preparatory workshop in Bamako on the privatisation of seeds in West Africa. This workshop, ...

  • Contribution of farm power to smallholder livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa (English)

    Series: Agricultural and food engineering technical reportsAt the beginning of the new millennium, rural livelihoods in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa are under considerable strain. The economies and political environment in many countries are experiencing a period of significant transformation, and endemic poverty remains common. Agriculture, ...

  • Zero tillage development in tropical Brazil. The story of a successful NGO activity (En)

    Series: FAO Agricultural Services BulletinsThe adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) goes counter to the notion in force for thousands of years that soil must be cultivated before sowing or planting. Teaching the concept of CA, and examining methods and experiences of introducing it into farming practice, are essential for achieving the ...

  • Amazonian Dark Earths: Explorations in Space and Time

    The regenerative qualities identified in prehistoric, anthropogenic Amazonian dark earths suggest that notoriously infertile tropical soils can be greatly improved. Soil enhancement practices by ancient Amerindians allowed them to intensively cultivate the land, without needing to continually clear new fields from forest. As increasing populations ...

  • Managing Organic Matter in Tropical Soils: Scope and Limitations

    Soil organic matter is a reservoir for plant nutrients, provides water-holding capacity, stabilizes soil structure against compaction and erosion, and thus determines soil productivity. All agriculture to some degree depends on soil organic matter. It has long been known that soil organic matter declines when land is taken into cultivation, and ...

  • Soil Engineering

    The agricultural world has changed significantly during the last years. The excessive use of heavy machinery, waste disposal, the use of agrochemicals and new soil cultivation means led to severe problems, which agricultural engineers have to cope with in order to prevent soil from permanent irreversible damage.This Soil Biology volume will update ...

  • Biological Resources and Migration

    Migration is a global and ubiquitous phenomenon. A large percentage of our cultivated land in industrialized as well as in developing countries are covered with migrated or introduced plants. But also in natural habitats and communities, migration of animals, plants and microorganisms plays a key role in the functioning or threat to the present ...

  • Genetics and Genomics of the Triticeae

    Sequencing of the model plant genomes such as those of A. thaliana and rice has revolutionized our understanding of plant biology but it has yet to translate into the improvement of major crop species such as maize, wheat, or barley. Moreover, the comparative genomic studies in cereals that have been performed in the past decade have revealed the ...

  • Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures

    In recent months, rising oil prices have focused the world’s attention on the depletion of oil reserves. But the depletion of underground water resources from overpumping is a far more serious issue. Excessive pumping for irrigation to satisfy food needs today almost guarantees a decline in food production tomorrow.There are substitutes for ...

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