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close this bookCERES No. 150 - November - December 1994 (FAO Ceres, 1994, 50 p.)
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A complimentary basis

I am a university professor and wish to receive Ceres on a complimentary basis for reviewing purposes, in both Arabic and English.

Prof. Henri Schwann Geneva, Switzerland

Ed. Note: Numerous requests for complimentary subscriptions to Ceres are received from readers in the industrialised countries, who are frequently surmised to learn that the magazine is in fact a priced publication (US$24 per year/six issues). Free distribution of Ceres is reserved chiefly for non-profit groups working on very restricted budgets and for readers in developing countries who cannot afford to pay subscription costs due to their very low income levels or the non availability of foreign exchange. Readers in the industrialised world are encouraged whenever possible to take out paying subscriptions. This functions as a gesture of solidarity with rural people from poor countries and helps FAO offset the cost of subsidising their subscriptions.

Ceres is sometimes the sole-or one of very few-points of access to international literature on agriculture available to readers in the Third World and the former East Bloc. A sampling of letters from some of these readers is worth review.

I'd like to thank those who contribute to the production of your development magazine. I want to read about and learn the modern techniques discussed, to aid our suffering people. Unfortunately, I can't pay the US$24 to subscribe, due to the fact that my salary is only US$12 per month, and even that is sometimes late and insufficient for my personal needs.

A. Kakule Tsongo Nursing Supervisor, Lepers and Consumptives Bunia, Zaire

I'm the leader of a group of young ex-students, gone back to the land. A local clergyman often used to lend us back copies of Ceres, which greatly interested us because they helped us to learn very useful things. We found the magazine wonderful, but unfortunately now the clergyman who used to lend it to us has returned permanently to Europe. We'd be enormously grateful if we could continue receiving it.

Koumoue Yao Jean G. V.C. Camek (Agricultural Cooperative) Prikro, Cd'Ivoire

I'm a fifth-year student in agronomical engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Loja, Ecuador and a few days ago had the chance to read a copy of Ceres. I was struck by the quality of its content and would like to receive it regularly. In the coming months I will be going to work with the farmers of my province, near the Peruvian border, and will need information on farming, forestry, fishing and nutrition. Unfortunately, I can't afford a subscription.

Juan Carlos Garcia Riefrio Loja, Ecuador

Our community is delighted with the information found in your magazine, which is one of the most asked-for on our shelves. Everyone photocopies the articles that interest them, to have their own copy and to read at home. This gives us great satisfaction, because the articles provide a practical orientation, allowing the people who consult our centre to improve their lives. Thank you for the gesture of solidarity in sending it to us.

Jorge Juan Valencia Alzate, Director Centro de Capacitaci Orientaciocacional Barrio La Gloria, Colombia

The National Trust for Fiji was set up in 1970, and charged with the responsibility to preserve and conserve the unique environmental heritage of our country. A part of our work is education, and our library in Suva is used by students, teachers and members of the trust as a resource centre for information on environment work. We are keen to keep up to date with global issues.

Recently our director saw Ceres in a local office and was very impressed. The trust is reorganising and upgrading its library facilities, and with this in mind we are writing to ask if we may be included in your mailing list.

Pat Thorpe National/Trust for Fiji Suva, Fiji

I've recently been accepted as an assistant at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, working for the Coastal Environment Program (CEP). Reading Ceres has revealed a lot of lessons learned from farming, reforesting, community development and participation, as well as territorial use rights. At the CEP we have taken a parallel approach in addressing marine environmental concerns.

As a CEP worker, I'm indebted to you for the directions and light that Ceres sheds.

Sheila G. Vergara Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Quezon City, the Philippines

I'm a Sudanese agriculturalist, 30 years of age, working with an FAO project, the Wadi Abu Hamra irrigation scheme in Darfour State, from which I obtain copies of your magazine. As plant protection officer, I find Ceres very useful, especially articles like those on mealybug biocontrol and the centrepiece on pest control in No. 130, and “Rat killer extraordinaire” in No. 140.

Unfortunately, the project turns over this year and my problem is: how can I obtain forthcoming issues? I'm not in a position to afford the subscription price since my monthly salary is just 5 000 Sudanese pounds (US$20). If I cannot subscribe, could you at least send me some special issues that have articles on pest control?

Abbaker Mohamed Abbaker Soil Conservation Department Elfasher, Sudan

I've always considered Ceres the most interesting magazine in its subject area. Unfortunately, for financial reasons, I've been unable for some time to receive it. I'd like to propose an exchange. At this moment, I have a one-hour per week television program on ecology, and work with several other media outlets on the same subject. I'd like to publicise Ceres articles in exchange for receiving it regularly. I'd be very pleased if you could send some back issues, especially the one with an article on eucalyptus (“There is no such thing as a fascist tree,” No. 1 34).

Alexander Bonilla Ecologia en Accian Jose, Costa Rica

All of these readers have been placed on the list of those for whom FAO bears the cost of their subscriptions.