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The FAO review

No. 144 (Vol. 25, No. 6)

November - December 1993

ISSN 0009-0379


"...its materials are taken from almost every form of human experience. Its books and pens are in the environment and resemble nothing that the scholastic or enthusiast even dreams about."

- Pahlawan-i-Zaif, A Sufi notebook


Disease alert: Despite its name, ephemeral fever is not a disease to ignore. And researchers now fear that this influenza-like cattle ailment may be poised to spread from the Middle East and Asia into Europe.

The organic process: Organic farming means more than just eliminating chemicals. Three of its proponents explain that a key part of the process is diversification, which also assures farmers of a secure income.

Righting a wrong: The government of Zimbabwe has opened its second drive at land reform. The course this takes will be crucial to the future of Zimbabwe's farmers - black and white alike.

A spoiled vision: A study of conservation in Africa takes issue with the vision of Africa as an Eden for wild animals. What about the needs and aspirations of Africa's human beings? the authors ask.

Chief Editor:

Acting Associate Editor: Peggy Polk

Art Editor: Christian Besemer

Copy Editors: Dominique Hoeltgen, Medhat Makar, Enrique Yeves

Editorial Assistant: Laure Calderan

DTP Assistant: Emelyn Alazard

Managerial Assistant: Isabella Moretti

Editorial Policy Board: P. J. Mahler (Chairman), E. P. Cunningham, M. de Francisco, B. Huddleston, K. Killingsworth, J. P. Lanly, R. Lydiker, T. Pawlick (ex officio), M. Randriamamonjy, R. L. Welcomme, M.S. Zehni, M. Zjalic

Collaborating on this issue: Lorenza Manzi and Delia Kennedy

Published bi-monthly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISSN 0009-0379. The opinions expressed by the contributing authors are not necessarily those of FAO or Ceres. The designations employed and the presentation do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Individual articles and photographs not copyrighted may be reprinted provided the credit line reads: "Reprinted from Ceres, the FAO Review", and two voucher copies are sent to the Editor. Unsolicited manuscripts and art work not accompanied by return postage will not be returned.

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The volume number of the May-June and July-August issues of Ceres was incorrectly printed as 26. It should be 25.