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The alms bazaar

Written by an insider, this study of international development agencies covers crises from Biafra to Rwanda, ranges from administrative costs to participatory development, from the bright hopes of the 1960s to the implications of the latest Mexican financial crisis. And it examines a new phenomenon: the transnational mega-charity.

The central focus of the book is on the threats to the independence of voluntary organizations. These dangers - from governments, from UN agencies, and from charities themselves are interwoven with other themes: efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, North-South relations, the impact of images used by charities for fund-raising and 'development education'.

The author attempts to demystify the world of the NGOs whose projects, as well as their fundraising, research and advocacy networks stretch from Harare to Oslo, from Delhi to

Washington. This is a story about lessons of heroism and folly, of bungling and luck and failure - and of achievements that have improved the lives of millions.

The alms bazaar: altruism under fire - non-profit organizations and international development by lan Smillie 1995 286pp ISBN 1 85339 301 0

IT Publications Ltd.
103- 105 Southampton How,
London WC1B 4HH,, UK

Common weeds of Guyana

This book contains details of important weed species commonly found in the coastal plains of Guyana. It is a guide to recognizing the common weeds which affect crop production and may also be useful to other Caribbean regions which share similar environmental conditions.

Common weeds of Guyana by Aung Myint 1994 271pp US$22.25 Dr B Ford, National Agricultural Research Institute, Mon Repos East Coast Demerara, GUYANA


FAO publications

Agricultural investment

This document reviews the many technologies for improved capture and use of rainfall and suggests frameworks for identifying those relevant to different agricultural and socioeconomic settings. It advises on how to incorporate support for research, development or extension on identified technologies into investment proposals.

Agricultural investment to promote improved capture and use of rainfall in dryland farming 1995 46pp ISBN 92 5 103630 6

Inventory credit

This paper examines requirements for successful inventory credit, drawing extensively on case-studies from Ghana, India, Mali and the Philippines. The report cautions against targeting particular users and stresses that transactions should be profitable to both the lender and the borrower. The publication will be of interest to banks wishing to increase and diversify their clientele, companies involved in or interested in commercial warehousing, traders and farmers and the organizations that represent them, policy-makers concerned with trade and agriculture as well as donors.

Inventory credit: an approach to developing agricultural markets by J Coulter and A Shepherd 1995 107pp ISBN 92 5 103703 5

Specifications for plans protection products

This manual is an important component of FAO's programme for the development of specifications for plant protection products. FAO's specifications are designed to reflect generally acceptable product standards. These specifications are used to provide an international point of reference against which products can be judged, either for regulatory purposes or in commercial dealings, and can thus help to prevent the trading of inferior products. They define the essential chemical and physical properties linked with certain biological requirements linked with certain biological requirements for a product. It is the objective of the fourth edition of this manual to provide advice, instruction and information to all involved in the development or application of specifications for plant protection.

Manual on the development and use of FAO specifications for plant protection products 1995 138pp ISBN 925 103638 1

Role of Acacia species

This document recognizes the multipurpose role of the genus and reviews available information on the presence and distribution of Acacia species, their uses and their role in environmental conservation. The publication also focuses on some key species. The last part explores the multipurpose management of Acacia stands and their strategic importance and suggests some research requirements for further and more sustainable use and conservation of Acacia species.

Role of Acacia species in the rural economy of dry Africa and the Near East by G Wickens 1995 ISBN 92 5 1036519

Fruit and vegetable processing

This bulletin covers a wide range of topics related to the processing of fruits and vegetables. The first chapter outlines the importance of fruits and vegetables in world agriculture and briefly introduces the processing techniques. Subsequent chapters discuss general properties, chemical composition and structural features of fruits and vegetables; reasons for deterioration of fresh produce and ways to avoid it, preservation methods; materials used in processing and packaging; processing technologies specific to fruits and those specific to vegetables; methods of quality control and quality assurance during and after processing; and approaches for establishing fruit and vegetable processing units. The bulletin contains various appendices including process flow sheets and standards for final products.

Fruit and vegetable processing by Mircea Enachescu Dauthy 1995 381pp ISBN 92 5 1036578

Veterinary education

This publication is the report of the Fifth Joint FAD/WHO Expert Consultation on Veterinary Education. The objective of the expert consultation was to produce recommendations to serve as international guidelines for the establishment of veterinary education and training programme facilities.

Veterinary education 1995 134pp lSBN 92 5 1036373

All the above publications available from. Publications Division FAO Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome, ITALY

Handbook of development and relief

The Oxfam handbook of development and relief has grown from the experiences of Oxfam (UK and Ireland) in its work in over 70 countries around the world.

The Handbook is the expression of Oxfam's fundamental principles: that all people have the right to an equitable share in the world's resources, and the right to make decisions about their own development. The denial of such rights is at the heart of poverty and suffering.

The Handbook is written mainly by Oxfam staff and represents the work of many people around the world who, over the years, have contributed their energies to fighting poverty and injustice. It is a comprehensive work of reference for developing practitioners and planners, for policy makers and social analysts, and for teachers and students of development. The book is published in three volumes.

Volume One introduces the ideas and issues central to the analysis throughout the Handbook: Oxfam's approach to development and relief; focusing on people; and capacity building for development. Volume Two focuses on specific fields of development: production; health; emergencies; and contains an index to both volume 1 and volume 2. Volume Three is a Resources Directory and lists over 500 national and international organizations which offer advice, information and funding for development and relief work.

The Oxfam handbook of development and relief 1995 by Deborah Eade and Suzanne Williams Volume One ISBN 0 85598 3078 Volume Two ISBN 0 85598 308 6 Volume Three ISBN 0 85598 309 4 Complete Set (in rigid slipcase)

ISBN 0 85598274 8
Oxfam Publications, 274
Banbury Road, Oxford OX2
7DZ, UK

A review of crop protection research in Kenya

Crop protection has been conducted and documented in Kenya since the turn of the century, but much of it has not been readily accessible. Every Kenyan research station since at least 1907 has published annual reports. The purpose of this review is to document these reports, as well as papers in refereed journals on crop protection topics of concern to smallholder agriculture.

The review covers all crop protection topics concerned with pest and disease incidence and the emphasis is on in-country research relevant to smallholder plantings of vegetable and other food crops in Kenya.

The document is arranged in three sections: pre-harvest (including pesticide analysis and residues), post-harvest (mainly storage of durable products) and a short chapter on socio-economic aspects. The bibliography contains over 900 references.

A review of crop protection research in Kenya edited by G. Farrell G. Kibata and J Sutherland 1995 165pp ISBN 9966 9604 0 6

KARl National Agricultural Research Laboratories
PO Box 14733, Nairobi;
KENYA

Publications from CABI

Progress in dairy science. Many advances have recently taken place in dairy science and this book provides timely reviews of a number of such key topics. The subject matter is divided into five sections, covering: nutrition and physiology; breeding and reproduction; health maintenance and control; milking and milk technology; and the environment and ethics. The book represents an important update of the literature for research workers, lecturers, advisers and advanced students in many areas of animal science as well as veterinarians concerned with bovine medicine.

Progress in dairy science edited by C J C Phillips 1995 416pp price
UKL60.00
ISBN 0 85198 9748

Bananas and plantains provides an accessible review of the scientific principles of banana production and relates these to field practices. Although the focus is on commercial Cavendish banana production, plantains are also discussed where relevant. The author makes interesting comparisons between commercial banana production in the tropics and in the subtropics where different climates necessitate different management techniques. Overall, the book provides a concise but broad textbook, suitable for students and non-specialist research workers and professionals in horticulture, agronomy and food science.

Bananas end plantains by J C Robinson 1995 256pp price
UKL19.95
ISBN 0 85198 9853

Seedborne disease and their control describes the principles derived from our knowledge of the biology of seedborne pathogens and how these are applied in the practical control of seedborne diseases. The pathogens covered are seedborne fungi, bacteria and viruses which attack temperate and tropical field crops.

The main part of the book is concerned with the processes of infection of seeds, the location and the survival of inoculum, and the transmission and spread of seedborne pathogens. The author then describes how, with this knowledge, strategies and methods have been developed and employed at national and international levels to exclude and eradicate seed transmitted diseases. Effective methods for the detection of seedborne inoculum are necessary throughout and a specific chapter is devoted to these technologies. The book is written for practicing plant pathologists as well as for students of plant pathology seeking a general review text of this subject area. It is also highly relevant to workers in the agrochemical industry with special interests in seed treatment and seed treatment methods.

Seedbome diseases and their control: principles and practice by R B Maude 1995 288pp price UKL £40.00 ISBN 0 85198 922 5

Soybean. This book focuses on recent progress in our understanding of the genetics and molecular biology of soybean and provides a broad review of the subject, from genome diversity to transformation and integration of desired genes using current technologies. It is aimed at workers in legume agronomy, plant genetics, breeding and biotechnology.

Soybean: genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology edited by D Verma and R Shoemaker 1995 288pp price UKL49.95 ISBN 0 85198 984 5

The above publications available from.
CAB International Wallingford, Oxon OX10 ODE, UK