First published in 1979. This study examines various aspects of agriculture in West Africa. There is a strong chapter on the economics of agriculture and records, farm machinery, agricultural improvement, fish and the basics of crop and livestock production are all dealt with. The role of government policy in the improvement of agriculture is also examined.
This title will be useful to undergraduates concerned with agriculture who want a good grounding before going on to their specialised fields of the applied sciences, as well as to those interested in commercial farming and policy makers in civil administration.
Table of Contents
Map of the West African Sub-region: Roads and Waterways; Metric/Imperial Conversions; Part One: Background to Tropical Agriculture; 1. Climate, Soil, Man and Agriculture in West Africa 2. Land Use and Farming Systems in Tropical Africa; Part Two: The Production and Management of Tropical Crops; 3. The Botany and Management of Tropical Crops 4. Notes on Some Important Crops of West Africa; Part Three: The Production and Management of Farm Animals; 5. Science and General Principles of Livestock Production and Management 6. Notes on Some Important Livestock of West Africa; Part Four: The Use and Maintenance of Farm Equipment, Machines and Structures; 7. Farm Tools, Equipment and Machines 8. Farm Buildings and Structures; Part Five: Making Profits from Farming in West Africa; 9. Keeping Simple Farm Records and Accounts 10. Producing and Selling Farm Products Profitably; Part Six: The Improvement of West African Agriculture; 11. Agricultural Improvement at the National Level 12. Agricultural Improvement at the Farm Level; Glossary; Index