The first 26 titles in FAO's Better Farming Series were based on
the Cours d'apprentissage agricole prepared in Cote d'Ivoire by the Institut
africain de dloppement nomique et social for use by extension workers.
Later volumes, beginning with No. 27, have been prepared by FAO for use in
agricultural development at the farm and family level. The approach has
deliberately been a general one, the intention being to create a basic model
that can be modified or expanded according to local conditions of agriculture.
Many of the booklets deal with specific crops and techniques,
while others are intended to give farmers more general information that can help
them to understand why they do what they do, so that they will be able to do it
Adaptations of the series, or of individual volumes in it, have
been published in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Creole, Hindi, Igala, Indonesian,
Kiswahili, Malagasy, SiSwati, Thai and Turkish. This volume has been prepared by
the Inland Water Resources and Aquaculture Service, Fishery Resources and
Requests for permission to issue this manual in other languages
and to adapt it according to local climatic and ecological conditions are
welcomed. They should be addressed to the Director, Publications Division, Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Via delle Terme di
Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
Booklets 27 to 38 in the FAO Better Farming Series were written
and illustrated by Tom Laughlin, working closely with the technical divisions