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close this bookAbstracts on Sustainable Agriculture (GTZ; 1992; 423 pages)
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View the document1. Using indigenous knowledge in agricultural development.
View the document2. On-farm sustainable agriculture research: lessons from the past, directions for the future.
View the document3. A manual for culturally-adapted market research (cmr) in the development process.
View the document4. Environmentally compatible agricultural development. Resource, food and income security as a task for development and structural policy.
View the document5. The economics of sustainable agriculture: adding a downstream perspective.
View the document6. Monitoring and evaluation in the management of agricultural research.
View the document7. Sustainable institutions for african agricultural development.
View the document8. Human resource management for national agricultural research: lessons from ISNAR's experience.
View the document9. A conceptual framework for studying the links between agricultural research and technology transfer in developing countries.
View the document10. Linkages between on-farm research and extension in nine countries.
View the document11. Resource-poor farmer participation in research: a synthesis of experiences from nine national agricultural research systems.
View the document12. Organization and management of field activities in on-farm research: A review of experience in nine countries.
View the document13. Social and human dimensions of agricultural development in africa in the perspective of the year 2000 (dimensions sociales et humaines du developpement agricole de l'Afrique dans la perspective de l'an 2000. ).
View the document14. Nature and society.
View the document15. Development of fragile lands: theory and practice.
View the document16. Agricultural research networks as development tools: views of a network coordinator.
View the document17. Measures of protection: methodology, economic interpretation and policy relevance.
View the document18. Women in development in southern africa; an annotated bibliography.
View the document19. Women in development: a resource guide for organization and action.
View the document20. Income generation and african rural women: choice or mere neglect.
View the document21. Accelerating technology transfer by means of atta (advanced technologies in traditional agriculture).
View the document22. Projects with people: the practice of participation in rural development.
View the document23. Technological innovations in latin american agriculture.
View the document24. Agricultural compendium - for rural development in the tropics and subtropics.
View the document25. Guidelines for designing development projects to benefit the rural poor.
View the document26. Participatory education and grassroots development: the case of rural appalachia.
View the document27. Approaches that work in rural development: emerging trends, participatory methods and local initiatives.
View the document28. Participatory rapid rural appraisal in wollo: peasant association planning for natural resource management.
View the document29. Farmers' knowledge of agricultural practices: a sri lankan experience.
View the document30. The sustainability of the impact of the integrated rural development programme (irdp) zambia/nw-province.
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14. Nature and society.

Diss. Univ. Mnnster, FRG; Verlag P. Lang GmbH, Abt. WB, Postf. 940225, DW 6000 Frankfurt/M. 90; ISBN 3-631-45235-7, 1993, 264 pp.; price DM 74,--

The Tallensi, an ethnic group of 60.000 people who are mainly farmers on a subsistence level, are considered as a paradigma for a stateless society, which organizes its social life on a highly decentralized basis

- a "tribe without rulers".
This was the research result of the widely known British social anthropologist Meyer Fortes who did his field research among the Tallensi in the mid 30s of this century. Since then British colonial rule and since 1957 the state of Ghana were established. The Tallensi were confronted with the effects of development aid and christian mission became significant not only for the Tallensi but for all the other ethnic groups in the semiarid parts of Northern Ghana.

What impact did all these changes have on the political system of the Tallensi?

This was the main question the author had when he started a 32-months research stay among the Tallensi in 1986. During that time he was living in a local extended family, doing participant observation.

With this work the question has been answered how the Tallensi were able to keep up their political system and egalitarian social structure and to fit it into changing social situations. By a detailed description of the Tallensi-Festivals he works out the significance of "nature" (hunting, fishing, food) as a counterpart to "culture" (agriculture, village life, clan relations).

This work gives an interesting view "from inside" how an ethnic group has developed certain social techniques of keeping the social and economical equilibrium. The book offers an important contribution to the discussion wheather stateless societies are per se ecological societies which live "in harmony with nature and environment". One of the social effects is that egalitarian societies can only keep up their social system by religious and spiritual interactions which are based on a solidarical and equal cooperation of all the segments of the ethnic group.

This book is clearly written and well worth the attention of those interested in traditional societies which live in harmony with nature and environment. The book is highly recommended for scientific audiences and practicioners looking to extend their general awareness of this exciting area.

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Farming systems research and development

Review, Latin America, Peru, Caribbean, Haiti, sustainable development, theory and practice, key terms, fragile lands, poverty, policy, technology, institutions, interventions, watershed development, integrated approach, environment education, extension, conservation,

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