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1st Edition

Living Farms
Encouraging Sustainable Smallholders in Southern Africa

ISBN 9781853835902
Published November 1, 1998 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Designed as an accessible text on sustainable agriculture, this book contains information on community organization and participation, technologies for sustainability and the wider policy and service environment. The book looks at a variety of ways of encouraging sustainability through policy change and service provision, including: ways of improving financial services; ways of improving land security; and ways of improving training. The book is illustrated by a range of case studies and examples, and contains lists of contact addresses.

Table of Contents

Glossary and Abbreviations * Acknowledgements * Preface * Part I: Introduction - Encouraging Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture in Southern Africa * Agriculture in Southern Africa * Can Sustainable Agriculture End Rural Poverty? * Part II: Resource-Conserving Technologies - The Damaging Bias Against Sustainability * Some Resource-Conserving Technologies * Part III: Sustaining Local Institutions - Why Local Organisation is Important * Farmer Groups and Unions * Community-Based Natural Resource Management * Part IV: Creating an Enabling External Environment - Secure access to Land * Agricultural Extension and Training for Sustainability * Making Markets Work for smallholder Sustainability * Coping with Drought * Part V: The Way Forward - Short-Term Financial Balance or Long-Term Sustainability and Poverty Eradication? Conclusions and Recommendations * Appendix 1: Some Useful Addresses * Appendix 2: Sources of Information on Sustainable Agriculture * References * Index

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