24. Agricultural compendium - for rural development in the tropics and subtropics.
Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 1989, 740 pp.; USD 65.75, Dfl 125.00
When it first appeared in 1981 the Agricultural compendium was widely welcomed as a very comprehensive and authoritative reference book on every aspect of agriculture in the tropics and sub-tropics. It was an interdisciplinary work, directed not to the specialist but rather to field workers, with limited local resources, who needed to collate information in several different fields. It assumed a university or college background.
A second edition with minor revisions appeared in 1985, but in this third edition the work has now been thoroughly revised and updated, much new material added, and published in a larger format. A sign of the times, some graphical material is now presented as formulae, acknowledging the almost universal availability of pocket calculators.
Although the revision is comprehensive, the most important revisions are in the chapters relating to climate; soil and land classification; water control; land improvement; crop production; animal nutrition and fisheries; and sociology.
This is an entirely Dutch enterprise, commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; produced and edited by EUROCONSULT of Arnhem; and with advisers drawn from institutions in the Netherlands, largely Wageningen Agricultural University. All concerned are to be congratulated on producing an internationally indispensable reference book.
Abstract by T.I. Williams
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Farming systems research and development
Review, book, guidelines, rural development projects, target groups, critical elements, process approach, project design, decision making, project components
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