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close this bookFood from Dryland Gardens - An Ecological, Nutritional, and Social Approach to Small Scale Household Food Production (CPFE, 1991)
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19. Resource organizations

The following is a list of resource organizations that may be of use to those working with gardens in drylands. This is not a complete list, there are many more groups, both local and international, whose work is relevant. We include here brief descriptions; some written by us, some from the organizations themselves, and some taken from the list of organizations in AGRECOL and ILEIA’s Towards Sustainable Agriculture (AGRECOL/ILEIA 1988).

AGRECOL DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION c/o Oekozentrum, CH-4438 Langenbruck, Switzerland, telephone 062-60 14 20 or 062-60 14 60

AGRECOL Development Information was founded in 1983 and is “an information center within the network for sustainable agriculture in Third World countries.” It promotes balanced ecological systems, independence from external inputs, local self-reliance, and socially and economically sound agriculture through a documentation center providing answers to questions and contacts with consultants. A good source for unusual documents such as reports on small PVO projects. They encourage contributions to the center.

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC) 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-1479, USA, telephone (215)241-7000, telex 247559 AFSC UR

AFSC has numerous small projects in the Third World, and in the United States, aimed at helping improve food production, empower the poor and reduce military tension.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL (ATI) c/o Volunteers in Asia, PO Box 4543, Stanford, California 94305, USA, telephone (415)326-8581

ATI produces the Appropriate Technology Sourcebook (Darrow and Saxenian 1986), and a microfiche library of AT publications for Third World development projects.

ASIAN VEGETABLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (AVRDC) PO Box 42, Shanhua, Tainan, 741, Taiwan, telephone 06-5837801, fax 06-5830009

Most of AVRDC’s work appears to be devoted to large-scale commercial aspects of vegetable production and industrial-style gardens. A source for technical publications on some Asian crops. AVRDC has supported model garden research and garden extension in Asia (Llemit and Pura 1988).

BIO-INTEGRAL RESOURCE CENTER (BIRC) PO Box 7414, Berkeley, California 94707, USA, telephone (415)524-2567

The BIRC is a source for books and other educational materials on integrated pest management and biological control of agricultural and household pests.

BOARD ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (BOSTID) National Research Council 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20418, USA

“BOSTID examines ways to apply science and technology to problems of economic and social development through overseas programs, research grants, studies, advisory committees, workshops, and other mechanisms.” It is the source for several of the NAS publications listed in Chapter 20; many of these publications are available free of charge to Third World organizations.

CENTER FOR INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (CIKARD), Technology and Social Change Program, Iowa State University, 324 Curds, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA, telephone (515)294-0938

CIKARD “focuses its activities on preserving and using the local knowledge of farmers and other people around the world.” CIKARD has a library and publishes a quarterly newsletter.

CENTRO INTERNATIONAL DE AGRICULTURA TROPICAL (CIAT) Apartado Aereo 6713, Cali, Colombia, telephone 57 3-675050

CIAT is a member of the CGIAR. It conducts research on Phaseolus spp. beans, cassava, rice, and tropical pastures.

CONSULTATIVE GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH (CGIAR) 1818 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20433 USA, telephone (202)334-8028, telex 440098

CGIAR supports a system of international agricultural research centers (IARCs). It is dominated by Western countries, is housed in the World Bank, and focuses on industrial-style agriculture and development. The IARCs all distribute publications on their research which are listed, along with those of a number of other international agricultural research organizations, in IRRI (1989).

CULTURAL SURVIVAL 53A Church Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA, telephone (617)495-2562

Cultural Survival was founded in 1972 to help small societies survive the rapid changes that are destroying them. It provides funds and expertise for projects around the world. Publishes papers, books, special reports and the Cultural Survival Quarterly.

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES FARM RADIO NETWORK (DCFRN) 595 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G2C3 Canada, telephone (416)593-3752, fax (416)593-3820

DCFRN produces well-written radio scripts on a wide range of topics oriented toward small-scale producers and promoting the use of low-cost local resources. The scripts contain many ideas for extension and production techniques, and are backed up with references. Radio scripts available in English, French and Spanish. Member radio stations worldwide receive resource materials.

ENVIRONMENT LIASON CENTER INTERNATIONAL (ELCI) PO Box 72461, Nairobi, Kenya, telephone (254-2)562015, 562022, 562172, fax 562175

ELCI is an NGO established in 1974 in Kenya to promote communication and cooperation among NGOs worldwide and to serve as a link between them and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). It promotes environmentally sustainable development and agriculture, organizes workshops and conferences, and publishes the bimonthly Ecoforum.

ENVIRONNEMENT ET DEVELOPPEMENT DU TIERS MONDE (ENDA) BP 3370, Dakar, Senegal, telephone 221-21 60 27

ENDA’s activities are “research, workshops, publications, and inquiry service on environment, development, and sustainable food production.”

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO) Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy, telephone 57971, fax 5782610, 57973152

The Distribution and Sales Section at this address will send free copies of FAO Books in Print and List of Documents. These publications contain lists of FAO documents available to the general public and local addresses in about 80 countries where they can be purchased. Technical publications on agriculture tend to be oriented toward large-scale, capital-intensive production, but provide good data. FAO publications on “traditional crops, ” agroforestry, and nutrition are more appropriate for gardens, and contain good references.

FOOD FIRST (see Institute for Food and Development Policy)

DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR TECHNISCHE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GTZ) GmbH Postfach 5180 Dag-Hammarskjold-Weg 1+2, D 6236 Eschborn/Ts. 1, Germany, telephone (06196)79-0, fax (06196)79-1115

GTZ is the overseas development organization of the German government. GTZ has published workshop proceedings and research reports on postharvest storage and pest control for Third World agriculture, and on a number of other topics relevant for gardens.

HESPERIAN FOUNDATION PO Box 1692, Palo Alto, California 94302, USA, telephone (415) 325-9017

Hesperian Foundation promotes grassroots community health care through consulting, projects in Mexico, arid excellent training and reference materials including Where There is No Doctor (Werner 1977) and Helping Health Workers Learn (Werner and Bower 1982).

INFORMATION CENTRE FOR LOW-EXTERNAL INPUT AGRICULTURE (ILEIA) PO Box 64, Kastanjelaan 5, 3830 AB Leusden, the Netherlands, telephone 033-94-30-86, fax 033-94-07-91

ILEIA “collects and disseminates information on low-external input agriculture for Third World countries, publishes the ILEIA Newsletter and bibliographies on sustainable agriculture (AGRECOL/ILEIA 1988; Carlier 1987), organizes workshops, and has an inquiry service.”

INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY/FOOD FIRST (IFDP) 1885 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103, USA, telephone (415)864-8555

Through public education programs, research, and publications Food First emphasizes world hunger as a result of economic and political systems, not food scarcity or natural disasters. A source of publications and other educational materials. Diet for a Small Planet (Lapp982) and Food First (Lappnd Collins 1978) are standard references.

INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP (ITDG) Myson House, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HT, United Kingdom

“ITDG helps people in rural areas of the Third World to aquire the appropriate tools and technologies to work themselves out of poverty.” ITDG publishes a newsletter, and provides consultants.

The outlet for many appropriate technology publications.


A member of CGIAR, ICARDA conducts “research on farming systems (dry areas of north Africa, Middle East), barley, lentils, fava beans, wheat, and chick pea.”

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY (ICRAF) PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya, telephone 29867, telex 22048

ICRAF is an independent organization supporting research and publications on agroforestry, including a quarterly magazine, Agroforestry Today. Some of their publications, as well as the magazine, are available free to Third World organizations.

INTERNATIONAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE SEMI-ARID TROPICS (ICRISAT) Patancheru PO, Andrha Pradesh 502 324, India, telephone 262251, telex 42203 ICRI IN

ICRISAT is a member of CGIAR. Though ICRISAT is mostly oriented toward sorghum and millet, it also conducts research on a variety of production topics of interest to gardeners.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE (IDRC) Communications Division PO Box 8500 Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H9, Canada

Financed by the government of Canada, IDRC’s publications including those on agriculture, food, nutrition, and health, are sometimes available free of charge to Third World organizations.

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE MOVEMENTS (IFOAM) IFOAM General Secretariat, Okozentrum Imsbach, D-6695 Tholey-Theley, Germany, telephone 49(0)6853-5190

IFOAM publishes a quarterly bulletin and sponsors regular international scientific conferences supporting organic, sustainable agriculture.

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES (IFDA) Case Postale 1260 Nyon, Switzerland, telephone 41(22) 618282, telex 28840 IFDA CH

IFDA publishes a biannual journal, the IFDA Dossier with contributions on diverse topics from many people and regions. IFDA promotes dialogue and discussion between individuals and organizations interested in alternative approaches to development.

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA) PO Box 5320, Ibadan, Nigeria, telephone 413440, telex 31417 TROPIB NG

IITA is a member of CGIAR; it conducts “research on farming systems (Africa), rice, maize, cassava, cocoyam, cowpea, yam, sweet potato, and soybean.”

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF CONSUMERS UNIONS (IOCU) PO Box 1045, Penang, Malaysia, telephone (04)20391, telex MA40164 APIOUC

“IOUC promotes international cooperation in the testing of goods and services and in all other aspects of consumer information, education, and protection.” It has a membership of over 100 consumer’s groups from 50 countries and has been an active participant in efforts to protect consumers rights and health on issues concerning the use of infant formulas and pesticides. IOCU published the Pesticide Handbook (1984), and is the coordinator for the international Pesticides Action Network (PAN).

NATIVE SEEDS/SEARCH (NS/S) 2509 N. Campbell Ave., #325, Tucson, Arizona 85719, USA, telephone (602)327-9123

An example of a regional seed conservation organization, NS/S focuses on folk varieties of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

OXFAM UK274 Banbury Rd, Oxford 0X27DZ, United Kingdom, telephone (0865)56777, fax (0865)57612

OXFAM UK has projects in the Third World, and produces publications useful for project workers, as well as educational materials.

POSTHARVEST INSTITUTE FOR PERISHABLES (PIP) 314 University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho 83843, USA

PIP is a documentation center for publications and unpublished documents on food storage and processing. Copies of documents are available free of charge on request.

RURAL ADVANCEMENT FUND INTERNATIONAL (RAFI) PO Box 655, Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312 USA, telephone (919)542-1396

“RAFI works for the conservation of genetic resources within the broader framework of rural development, and does research, public education, lobbying, and consulting on both policy and technical matters.”

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW (“KEW GARDENS”) Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, United Kingdom

KEW has a Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Tropics (SEPASAT) project that collates “information about plants from the dry tropics that have been reported to be useful (in any way) but that have not been commercially exploited on a large scale.” Write for more information on inquiries that can be made of the data base; presently supplied free of charge for nonprofit institutions.

TERRES ET VIE Rue Laurent Delvaux, 13, 1400 Nivelles, Belgique

Terres et Vie publishes and distributes the books by Chleq and Dupriez (1984), Dupriez (1982), and Dupriez and De Leener (1983, 1987). These handbooks for extension workers and secondary school students have lots of excellent photographs, and frequently include descriptions of indigenous methods.

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF) 3 UN Plaza, New York, New York 10017 USA, telephone (212)326-7000, telex 175989 TRT

UNICEF works on international policy as well as having field programs that promote improved child survival and well-being. They have published several booklets on household gardens for nutrition; Sommers (1984), UNICEF (1985).

WINROCK INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT Petit Jean Mountain, Route 3, Morrilton, Arkansas 72110, USA, telephone (501)727-5435, telex 910-720-6616 WI HQ UD

A Winrock project of interest to gardeners is the On Farm Seed Project which publishes the newsletter Seed Sowers/Les Semeurs (section 14.6).

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

WHO publishes many documents on nutrition and public health. Contact the Nutrition Unit or Distribution and Sales Service.