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Hire services as a business enterprise - a training manual for small-scale mechanization service providers (Paperback): Food... Hire services as a business enterprise - a training manual for small-scale mechanization service providers (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization
R1,302 Discovery Miles 13 020 Out of stock

This manual is designed to help train actual and potential farm mechanization service providers, with the aim of increasing access to sustainable farm power and raising smallholder farmers' productivity. It focuses on the provision of farm mechanization services as a viable business opportunity for entrepreneurs, as well as the essential criteria for raising productivity in an environmentally sensitive and responsible way. The manual will be of particular interest to policymakers working on achieving sustainable intensification in the agricultural sector and to trainers charged with implementing training courses for entrepreneurial mechanization service providers.

Smallholders, Forest Management and Rural Development in the Amazon (Hardcover): Benno Pokorny Smallholders, Forest Management and Rural Development in the Amazon (Hardcover)
Benno Pokorny
R3,764 Discovery Miles 37 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ongoing debate concerning the Amazon's crucial role in global climate and biodiversity is entirely dependent upon sustainable development in the region. Recognizing that forests are an integral part of the social fabric in the region, initiatives such as community forestry, small-scale tree plantations and agroforestry, as well as payments for environmental services have aimed at conserving the natural forest landscape. At the same time these attempt to protect and enhance the well-being of poor local smallholders including indigenous groups, traditional communities and small farmers. Against this background, this book analyses numerous promising local tree and forest management initiatives taken by smallholders in the Bolivian, Brazilian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon to better understand the key success factors. The insights gained from more than 100 case studies analyzed by researchers from Latin-America and Europe in cooperation with local stakeholders reveal the need for critical reflection on the initiatives targeting poor Amazonian families. The book discusses an operational vision of rural development grounded on the effective use of smallholders' capacities to contribute to a sustainable and equitable development of the region. It provides helpful information and ideas not only for scientists, but also for development organisations, decision makers and all who are interested in one of the major challenges facing the Amazon: to combine equitable development with the conservation of its unique ecosystems.

The City Homesteader - Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage (Paperback): Scott Meyer The City Homesteader - Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage (Paperback)
Scott Meyer
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Out of stock

"The City Homesteader" is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth.

Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much more"The City Homesteader" provides all the basics, including how to find supplies and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow along. Original illustrations throughout help you create your very own homestead on any piece of earth.

The Homestead Planner & Logbook - Record All Your Important Information for Easy, One-Stop Reference (Paperback): Philip... The Homestead Planner & Logbook - Record All Your Important Information for Easy, One-Stop Reference (Paperback)
Philip Hasheider
R359 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R55 (15%) Out of stock
New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture (Hardcover): Peter B. R. Hazell, Atiqur Rahman New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture (Hardcover)
Peter B. R. Hazell, Atiqur Rahman
R3,313 Discovery Miles 33 130 Out of stock

The majority of the poor and hungry people in the world live on small farms and struggle to subsist on too little land with low input - low yield technologies. At the same time, many other smallholders are successfully intensifying and succeeding as farm businesses, often in combination with diversification into off-farm sources of income. This book examines the growing divergence between subsistence and business oriented small farms, and discusses how this divergence has been impacted by population growth, trends in farm size distribution, urbanization, off-farm income diversification, and the globalization of agricultural value chains. It finds that policy makers need to differentiate more sharply between different types of small farms than they did in the past, both in terms of their potential contributions towards achieving national economic growth, poverty alleviation, and food security goals, and the types of assistance they need. The book distinguishes between smallholders that are business oriented, subsistence oriented, and at various stages of transition to the non-farm economy, and discusses strategies appropriate for assisting each type. The book draws on a wealth of recent experience at IFAD and elsewhere to help identify best practice approaches.

Farming Cuba - Urban Agriculture From the Ground Up (Paperback): Carey Clouse Farming Cuba - Urban Agriculture From the Ground Up (Paperback)
Carey Clouse
R579 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R105 (18%) Out of stock

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. With fuel, fertilisers and pesticides disappearing overnight, citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space- on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country's vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Featuring a wealth of rarely seen material and intimate portraits of the environment, Farming Cuba details the innovative design strategies and explores the social, political and environmental factors that helped shape this pioneering urban farming program.

Sheep Keeping - Inspiration and practical advice for would-be smallholders (Hardcover): Richard Spencer Sheep Keeping - Inspiration and practical advice for would-be smallholders (Hardcover)
Richard Spencer
R211 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R35 (17%) Out of stock

* A fascinating and practical guide to the sheep breeds of Britain. * Covers the hill, lowland, downland, primitive and commercial breeds - from the Beulah Speckled Face to the Friesland. * Expert advice on every aspect of keeping sheep, from sheltering, grazing and feeding, right through to lambing time. Britain has a wonderful tradition of keeping sheep, from the Badger Face Welsh Mountain sheep and the Norfolk Horn to the Oxford Down and the Scottish Greyface. Whatever land you have available, this book will help you to choose the right sheep for you. Whether you want to breed lustrous Soay sheep wool or delicious Herdwick lamb, every stage of the sheep keeping process is covered here. Learn how to choose livestock, graze your animals, cope with lambing time and sell your lambs - everything you need to know is covered here.

Keeping Ducks - Beautiful Comical Things (Digital): Tom Bartlett Keeping Ducks - Beautiful Comical Things (Digital)
Tom Bartlett
R404 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R72 (18%) Out of stock

Thinking of keeping ducks? This book shows how you should feed and house them, their impact on a garden and how to maintain a duck pond. It describes collection, incubation and hatching of eggs as well as the characteristics of different breeds.

Killing It - Learning the Art of Butchery (Paperback): Camas Davis Killing It - Learning the Art of Butchery (Paperback)
Camas Davis 1
R340 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R48 (14%) Out of stock

After losing her job as a food journalist, Camas Davis felt totally lost, out of love with her life and the world. She had spent her career writing about food, but she had never forced herself to grapple with how it got to her plate. Now she wanted to change that, she wanted to experience something real. So she travelled to France to learn the art of butchery. There, in the rolling countryside of Gascony, surrounded by farmers and producers who understood every part of the process, she realized it was time to make a change. Killing It is a book about a woman doing something simultaneously extreme and unexpected, yet incredibly simple - a return to a relationship with food we only lost a few decades ago. It is story about turning your life upside down and starting again, it is about falling in and out of love, and it is about understanding what it means to be human and what it means to be animal too.

Food Security, Gender and Resilience - Improving Smallholder and Subsistence Farming (Paperback): Leigh Brownhill, Esther... Food Security, Gender and Resilience - Improving Smallholder and Subsistence Farming (Paperback)
Leigh Brownhill, Esther Njuguna, Kimberly L. Bothi, Bernard Pelletier, Lutta Muhammad, …
R1,053 Discovery Miles 10 530 Out of stock

Through the integration of gender analysis into resilience thinking, this book shares field-based research insights from a collaborative, integrated project aimed at improving food security in subsistence and smallholder agricultural systems. The scope of the book is both local and multi-scalar. The gendered resilience framework, illustrated here with detailed case studies from semi-arid Kenya, is shown to be suitable for use in analysis in other geographic regions and across disciplines. The book examines the importance of gender equity to the strengthening of socio-ecological resilience. Case studies reflect multidisciplinary perspectives and focus on a range of issues, from microfinance to informal seed systems. The book's gender perspective also incorporates consideration of age or generational relations and cultural dimensions in order to embrace the complexity of existing socio-economic realities in rural farming communities. The issue of succession of farmland has become a general concern, both to farmers and to researchers focused on building resilient farming systems. Building resilience here is shown to involve strengthening households' and communities' overall livelihood capabilities in the face of ongoing climate change, global market volatility and political instability.

Food Security, Gender and Resilience - Improving Smallholder and Subsistence Farming (Hardcover): Leigh Brownhill, Esther... Food Security, Gender and Resilience - Improving Smallholder and Subsistence Farming (Hardcover)
Leigh Brownhill, Esther Njuguna, Kimberly L. Bothi, Bernard Pelletier, Lutta Muhammad, …
R2,535 R2,211 Discovery Miles 22 110 Save R324 (13%) Out of stock

Through the integration of gender analysis into resilience thinking, this book shares field-based research insights from a collaborative, integrated project aimed at improving food security in subsistence and smallholder agricultural systems. The scope of the book is both local and multi-scalar. The gendered resilience framework, illustrated here with detailed case studies from semi-arid Kenya, is shown to be suitable for use in analysis in other geographic regions and across disciplines. The book examines the importance of gender equity to the strengthening of socio-ecological resilience. Case studies reflect multidisciplinary perspectives and focus on a range of issues, from microfinance to informal seed systems. The book's gender perspective also incorporates consideration of age or generational relations and cultural dimensions in order to embrace the complexity of existing socio-economic realities in rural farming communities. The issue of succession of farmland has become a general concern, both to farmers and to researchers focused on building resilient farming systems. Building resilience here is shown to involve strengthening households' and communities' overall livelihood capabilities in the face of ongoing climate change, global market volatility and political instability.

Small Farm Agriculture in Southern Europe - CAP Reform and Structural Change (Hardcover): Eric Monke, Francisco Avillez, Scott... Small Farm Agriculture in Southern Europe - CAP Reform and Structural Change (Hardcover)
Eric Monke, Francisco Avillez, Scott Pearson
R2,083 Discovery Miles 20 830 Out of stock

First published in 1998, this volume features specialists in agricultural economics who have provided case studies on small farms in northern and central Portugal and southern and central Italy. The collaboration is a result of an early 1990s research project on small farm agriculture in Portugal and Italy and the likely impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy. It recognises that small farms have become an unexpected yet durable aspect of the agricultural landscape since World War II. As small farms represent 95% of the number of farms in Portugal and Italy, the contributors provide some much needed analysis of an often overlooked aspect of the agricultural sector.

Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture (Hardcover): Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture (Hardcover)
Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
R2,570 R2,241 Discovery Miles 22 410 Save R329 (13%) Out of stock

Nearly two billion people depend on hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers for food security. Yet, these farmers' lives also hang in the balance due to their extreme vulnerability to the risks of soil degradation and depletion, soil exhaustion, climate change, and numerous biotic and abiotic stresses. Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture explores the potential smallholder agriculture hold for advancing global food security and outlines the challenges to achieving this goal. The book addresses the challenges and opportunities that resource-poor and small landholders face and provides recommended management practices to alleviate soil-related constraints, and increase and sustain crop yield and production. It discusses the cultural, economic, social, and technological aspects of sustainable soil management for smallholder farmers. It then examines soil-related and institutional constraints, principles of sustainable agriculture, soil quality improvement, nutrient and soil fertility management, soil carbon sequestration, soil security, efficient use of resources, and agronomic production. Edited by experts, the book makes the case for the adoption of proven technologies of sustainable intensification, producing more from less, both for advancing agronomic production and adapting to changing climate. It outlines a strategy that will usher in a soil-based Green Revolution by increasing the use efficiency of energy-based inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation to restore soil quality, and sequestering carbon in the terrestrial ecosystems. This strategy helps small farms narrow the gap between the actual and attainable crop yield.

Development Engineering - Empowering the Poor through Sustainable Technology-based Solutions (Hardcover, Unabridged edition):... Development Engineering - Empowering the Poor through Sustainable Technology-based Solutions (Hardcover, Unabridged edition)
William S. Kisaalita
R2,383 Discovery Miles 23 830 Out of stock

This book details the development and evaluation of technological interventions designed to improve human and economic development within complex, low-resource settings, showing that a solution becomes an innovation when it reaches widespread use. The book shortens the time-gap between development and up-take of the intervention, especially for student solution-developers or innovators who are new to the cultural and geopolitical settings of the problem-source country or region. Technological interventions in development are sustainable if they meet a real need, are affordable by the users, fit within the cultural context and are ergonomically appropriate. Many interventions have failed because of inattentiveness to one or more of these factors. Each of the book's points is backed up with scholarly research work, confidently guiding solution-developers confronted with issues such as acquiring intellectual property protections, among many others.

Modern Homestead - Grow, Raise, Create (Paperback): Renee Wilkinson Modern Homestead - Grow, Raise, Create (Paperback)
Renee Wilkinson
R634 R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Save R47 (7%) Out of stock

Everything you ever wanted to know about homesteading, all with a cool, modern style. From windowsills to backyards, cities hold more potential for growth than just urban sprawl. We can grow vegetables, raise small livestock, and fill our cupboards with canned decadence. Regardless of space or green thumb know-how, Renee Wilkinson offers something for everyone.

Musing about what it takes to raise clucking chickens? Wilkinson walks you through every step. Wondering what will grow best on your balcony or fire escape? She gives you garden designs and choices. What to make with your bounty of herbs and veggies? A rustic yet elegant goat cheese and zucchini panini might just do it.

While Wilkinson may use her grandmother's old canning tricks or her aunt's favorite recipes, this young, thoughtful gardener still manages to make her spread her own, and delivers the best information on growing, raising, harvesting, and making from your own plot.

Renee Wilkinson is the creator of HipChickDigs.com, a popular website dedicated to urban homesteading, edible landscape design, and sustainable living. Garden spade in hand, Wilkinson is completing a graduate degree in landscape architecture and continues to inspire urbanites everywhere to get their hands dirty in their own city homesteads. She lives on a tenth of an acre city lot in Portland, OR, with her husband and three chickens.

World of the Small Farmer - Tenure, Profit and Politics in the Early-Modern Somerset Levels (Hardcover): Patricia Croot World of the Small Farmer - Tenure, Profit and Politics in the Early-Modern Somerset Levels (Hardcover)
Patricia Croot
R1,730 Discovery Miles 17 300 Out of stock

This detailed and original study of early-modern agrarian society in the Somerset Levels examines the small landholders in a group of sixteen contiguous parishes in the area known as Brent Marsh. These were farmers with lifehold tenures and a mixed agricultural production whose activities and outlook are shown to be very different from that of the small 'peasant' farmers of so many general histories. Patricia Croot challenges the idea that small farmers failed to contribute to the productivity and commercialization of the early-modern economy.

World of the Small Farmer - Tenure, Profit and Politics in the Early-Modern Somerset Levels (Paperback): Patricia Croot World of the Small Farmer - Tenure, Profit and Politics in the Early-Modern Somerset Levels (Paperback)
Patricia Croot
R893 Discovery Miles 8 930 Out of stock

This detailed and original study of early-modern agrarian society in the Somerset Levels examines the small landholders in a group of sixteen contiguous parishes in the area known as Brent Marsh. These were farmers with lifehold tenures and a mixed agricultural production whose activities and outlook are shown to be very different from that of the small 'peasant' farmers of so many general histories. Patricia Croot challenges the idea that small farmers failed to contribute to the productivity and commercialization of the early-modern economy.

Voluntary Food Intake and Diet Selection of Farm Animals (Hardcover, 2nd edition): John Forbes Voluntary Food Intake and Diet Selection of Farm Animals (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
John Forbes
R4,385 Discovery Miles 43 850 Out of stock

The feeding of farm animals directly effects their growth, health, reproduction and ultimately their economic value and is consequently one of the most studied areas of animal science. Building on the first edition and its predecessor, "The Voluntary Food Intake of Farm Animals," Forbes has produced an up-to-date and more focused examination of developments in the understanding of voluntary food intake and new ideas and studies relating to diet selection. Chapters have been reorganized and updated to provide a more streamlined approach.

Surviving and Thriving on the Land - How to Use Your Spare Time and Energy to Run a Successful Smallholding (Paperback, 1st):... Surviving and Thriving on the Land - How to Use Your Spare Time and Energy to Run a Successful Smallholding (Paperback, 1st)
Rebecca Laughton
R484 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R26 (5%) Out of stock

It's a dream come true when you finally get a piece of land or join an eco-community, and start to plan your sustainable land-based enterprise; but all too often the dream is spoiled by lack of money, stress, exhaustion and poor time management, and your work and future plans can dissolve into discord, illness and poverty. Smallholdings provide food, home, fuel and employment for those who run them, and local, seasonal, often organic and ethical food and timber for an expanding market. Surviving and Thriving on the Land looks at ways in which projects can be designed that care for the people involved in them as well as the earth that they are trying to protect. If land-based ecological projects are to offer a realistic solution to the problems we face in the twenty-first century, it is imperative that they should be sustainable in terms of human energy. This book offers a framework, backed up by real life examples, of issues to consider when setting up a new project, or for overcoming human-energy-based problems in existing projects.

Successful Smallholding - Planning, Starting and Managing Your Enterprise (Hardcover): J.C.Jeremy Hobson, Phil Rant Successful Smallholding - Planning, Starting and Managing Your Enterprise (Hardcover)
J.C.Jeremy Hobson, Phil Rant
R966 R864 Discovery Miles 8 640 Save R102 (11%) Out of stock

Downshifting has become synonymous with selling up, starting a smallholding, and escaping the rat race. Some people are lucky enough to purchase a property large enough to ensure that the whole family is self-sufficient, but for most only enough land will be available to make smallholding a hobby. Accordingly, this book caters for those with a small amount of land and for the lucky minority with a much larger acreage. Many of the books currently available mention only the pleasures of owning a smallholding, this volume adopts a pragmatic approach and discusses the many pitfalls.

Small Livestock Housing - A Construction Guide (Hardcover): Joe Jacobs Small Livestock Housing - A Construction Guide (Hardcover)
Joe Jacobs
R609 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R50 (8%) Out of stock

Anyone who is interested in keeping birds, poultry and other outdoor varieties of caged animal will know that the most expensive part of their hobby is probably purchasing the housing. However, for a modest financial outlay it is possible to make your own livestock housing and this practical book shows you exactly how to do it. What sets the book apart from others is that the author has taken the time to try his own ideas out. He has actually built all the housing projects that are described and has taken photographs at the important stages of construction.

Pigs, Poultry and Poo - An Urbanite Couple's Journey to Country Life (Paperback): Jason Gibbs Pigs, Poultry and Poo - An Urbanite Couple's Journey to Country Life (Paperback)
Jason Gibbs
R551 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R40 (7%) Out of stock

Pigs, Poultry and Poo is the story of two people who change their lives and discover a whole new world. Their first step is a move from living and working in the city to rural life and a two-hour commute. Over the five years recounted in the book they mature from feckless beginners to hardened country folk, shedding only the occasional tear when an animal dies. Their animal adventures start with a cat, before they move on to goats, and then chickens. Slowly building confidence they haphazardly add cows, pigs, alpacas, geese and ducks to their smallholding, before reaching a limit.

Livestock Keepers (Paperback): Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Livestock Keepers (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Out of stock

Smallholder farmers and pastoralists fulfill an invaluable yet undervalued role in conserving biodiversity. They act as guardians of locally adapted livestock breeds that can make use of even marginal environments under tough climatic conditions and therefore are a crucial resource for food security. But in addition, by sustaining animals on natural vegetation and as part of local ecosystems, these communities also make a significant contribution to the conservation of wild biodiversity and of cultural landscapes. This publication provides a glimpse into the often intricate knowledge systems that pastoralists and smallholder farmers have developed for the management of their breeds in specific production systems and it also describes the multitude of threats and challenges these often marginalized communities have to cope with.

Preparation of African Swine Fever Contingency Plans (FAO Animal Production and Health Manual) (Paperback): Food and... Preparation of African Swine Fever Contingency Plans (FAO Animal Production and Health Manual) (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Out of stock

African swine fever (ASF) is a viral haemorrhagic disease of swine generally characterized by high morbidity and high mortality. The disease is known to have devastated swine farming in highly industrialized, small commercial and backyard swine holdings, with concomitant closure of animal and meat export markets, ravaged swine populations, and destroyed individual and family livelihoods. This manual provides information on the nature of AFS and the principles and strategic options regarding prevention, detection, control and elimination of the disease. Based on a previous FAO manual published in 2001, it was updated to capture new knowledge and adapted to cover European settings. Also published in french and Russian.

Save and Grow - A Policymaker's Guide to Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Crop Production (Paperback): Food and... Save and Grow - A Policymaker's Guide to Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Crop Production (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
R1,075 Discovery Miles 10 750 Out of stock

Sustainable crop production intensification can be summed up in the words "save" and "grow." Sustainable intensification means a productive agriculture that conserves and enhances natural resources. It uses an ecosystem approach that draws on nature's contribution to crop growth and applies appropriate external inputs at the right time, in the right amount. FAO's aim over the next 15 years is to assist developing countries in adopting save and grow policies and approaches. This book presents a new paradigm: sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI), which produces more from the same area of land while conserving resources, reducing negative impacts on the environment and enhancing natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services.

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