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close this bookAmaranth to Zai Holes, Ideas for Growing Food under Difficult Conditions (ECHO; 1996; 397 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1: Basics of agricultural development
Open this folder and view contents2: Vegetables and small fruits in the tropics
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Fifty-one issues of edn in one book!

ECHO Development Notes informs you about plants, resources, technologies, and contacts to improve food production in the tropics. We link a worldwide network of people so you can learn about and try ideas which have succeeded in other regions. Amaranth to Zai Holes: Ideas for Growing Food Under Difficult Conditions (404 pp.) is an updated and expanded compilation of the first fifty-one issues of EDN, from 1981 to January 1996. We hope this is a resource you cannot do without!

The articles are arranged by topic: Basics of agricultural development, Tropical vegetables and fruits, Staple Crops, Multipurpose trees, Farming Systems, Soil health, Water resources, Pest control, Animals, Food science, Human health, Seeds, Technologies, From farm to market, Training and missionary resources, Oil crops, and Above-ground gardening.

The chapters offer a combination of details on ideas you can try right now, some research questions, and key books and organizations. It is a handbook for choosing and testing new ideas, as well as a basic reference book to guide you to tropical plants suited to your climate, contacts specializing in each field, and sources for seed and equipment. The book gives you a head start on finding your own answers to a wide variety of questions.

We have worked hard to make it inviting for you to use: almost every page has an illustration, and a new index makes it easier to find the information you need. We updated articles and contacts, included our most-requested Technical Notes, and direct you to many of the resources we use at ECHO to answer your technical questions. Even if you have a backset of EDN, you will appreciate the current information and easy-to-use format.

We hope that most members of our network order a copy of Amaranth to Zai Holes. The book costs US$29.95 plus postage in North America, but there is a special discount for members of ECHO's overseas network. If you qualify for a free subscription to EDN, prices are as follows: in the Americas, US$25 includes airmail; in Europe, Africa, and Asia, $25 includes surface mail and $35 includes air mail. We accept only US dollars. Write a check to "ECHO" or give us your Mastercard/Visa number, and expiration date and signed authorization to charge your account. To order a large quantity, contact us first for shipping details. This will be a great resource as you evaluate new ways to help people produce their food and make a living in the tropics. Return to Index.

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