Volume 2

Volume II, Number 1, 1989

"...they [small farmers] are experimental and adaptive - they cannot afford not to be. they need, it is now realized, not messages but methods, not precepts but principles, not a package of practices but a basket of choice, not a fixed menu - table d'hote, but a choice - a la carte, not instruction on what to adopt, but ideas about what to try with support for their own trials and experimentation"

Robert Chambers, 1988


  • Farmers and Scientists: Partners in Research

  • Editorial

  • Reading on Participatory Research with Farmers

  • Vetiver Grass Fights Soil Erosion

  • Fewer Thrips in Intercropped Cowpeas

  • A Vaccine for Ticks

  • The Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association

  • Experiences in Ethnoveterinary Medicine

  • CARINET and CGNET Join Forces

  • Transplanted Weeds

  • Microbial Fertilizer

  • Manuals for Extersionists and Rice Farmers

  • Bio-Control of Salvinia

    Volume II, Number 2, 1989

    "what we are looking for are local fertilizers that farmers could go down the road and mine with their pick and shovel"

    Ward Chesworth, University of Guelph, Canada Contents:

  • Composting Rock Phosphate

  • Editorial

  • No-Till & Rock Phosphate in the Amazon

  • Phosphorus-Efficient Beans

  • Fungus Dissolves Insoluble Phosphates

  • Fertilizing With Rocks

  • Brazilian Cows Help Farmers Discover Lablab Bean

  • Andean Farmers Can Eat Vegetables Year-Round

  • IPM for Sweet Potato Weevil

  • New Bio-Control for Cutworm

  • Commercial Neem Insecticide

  • West African Agriculture

  • Opportunities

    Volume II, Number 4, 1989

    "no technology that treats the farmer as the last link in a hierachically oriented, expert-dominated chain of transmitted wisdom has a chance of succeeding. the extension service model of bringing the word from the smart scientist to the yokel is outmoded and should be scrapped."

    David Ehrenfeld, Rutgers University Contents:

  • Little-Known Acacias: Promising Agroforestry Species

  • Organic Nematicide Doubles as Nitrogen Fertilizer

  • Indonesia Workshop Explores Bio-control of Leucaena Psyllid

  • Legumes Suppress Weeds in Pigeonpea

  • On-Farm Agroforestry Demonstrations in Ecuadorian Amazon

  • Book Review

    Volume II, Number 5, 1989

    "the rich and diverse stock of ethnoveterinary knowledge is an invaluable resource. ethnoveterinary medicine incorporates many effective home remedies and techniques; because these are culturally adapted, locally available , and often cheaper that comparable western methods, development planners and practitioners should consider them as important alternatives to western technologies."

    Evelyn Mathias-Mundy, CIKARD Contents:

  • Raise and Eat Your Own Iguanas

  • Ruminal Bacteria Prevent Leucaena Toxicity in Cattle

  • Fighting Rinderpest with Home-Grown Vaccine

  • Mixing Sheep and Rubber in Malaysia

  • Cheese-Making Without Rennet

  • Shrimp Thrive on Sugarcane Waste and Cassava Byproducts

  • Paravet Work

  • Book Reviews

    Volume II, Number 6, 1989

    "what were once considered separate issues- cultural survival, agricultural stability and diversity, and wildlands preservation- now seem to be tightly intertwined. let us keep these three strands wrapped together in a rope that we can climb to rise above the currents of extinction. let us weave that rope into nets by which we can rescue the cultural, natural, and agricultural resources that are threatened by the floods below."

    Dr. Gary Nabhan, Enduring Seeds Contents:

  • A Popular Multipurpose Green Manure from Tanzania

  • A Root for the Fuel Problem

  • Controling Bilharzia with Berries

  • Editorial

  • Organizations in Underexploited Crops

  • Quinoa: a promising grain from South Africa

  • Tied Ridge/Legume Combination Boosts Yields in Burkina Faso

  • Volume II, Number 7, 1989

    "despite the artistice pretensions, sophistication and many accomplishments of humankind, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsiol and the fact that it rains."

    Anonymous Contents:

  • Cassava Drying: Growers & Consumers Gain

  • Cassava Agroforestry Systems

  • Gypsum: A Novel Soil Amendment

  • Diffuse Light Storage of Seed Potatoes

  • Sweet Potato Research

  • Try Intercropping with Taro

  • Grow Your Own Yam Poles

  • The Super Carotene Carrot

    Volume II, Number 8, 1989

    "sustainable agriculture has emerged as a key issue of farming systems research and development, and the concept of sustainability includes the notion of conservation of natural resources. farming practices tend to degrade the natural resource base and the challenge for modern agriculture is to minimize this degradation while increasing agricultural productionl. this cahnllenge, in the milieu of the semi-arid tropics of developing countries, has a different dimension, as here one is dealing with low-input technology and resource-poor farmers, working in an unpredictable agroclimate and on a highly variable and low quality resource base."

    S.M. Virmani, ICRISAT Contents:

  • Food from the Deserts: the Potential of Runoff Farming

  • Wild Fruit and Nut Trees - Appraising the Treasure of the Desert

  • Information Sources on Arid Lands Agriculture

  • Book Review

  • Irrigate Your Crops with Pots

  • Opportunities (Small Grants)

    Volume II, Number 9, 1989

    On the dry island of Hierro in the Canary Islands, there is a legend of the rain tree: a giant 'Til' tree (Ocotea foetens), "...the leaves of which condensed the mountain mists and caused water to drip into two large cisterns which were placed beneath. the tree was destroyed in a storm in 1612 a.d. but the site is known, and the remnants of the cistern preserved...[this one tree] distilled sufficient water from the sea mists to meet the needs of all the inhabitants."

    David Bramwell Contents:

  • 'Medias Lunas' Rejuvenate Bolivian Farmland

  • Species Focus: Prosopis cineraria

  • Alley Cropping in the Tropics...

  • Alley Cropping in the Temperate Zone...

  • A Hint for Growing Sesbania rostrata

  • Nutritional Value of Sesbania sesban

  • Tagaste, Chamaecytisus palmensis

  • Sources of Further Information