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close this bookGood News from Africa - Farmers, Agricultural Research, and Food in the Pantry (IFPRI, 1998, 72 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentYes, we do have bananas
View the documentBlue and black lord of the flies
View the documentNow the potatoes are shooting up
View the documentTHEME: MINING THE SOIL
View the documentMillet - more than just bird seed
View the documentDairy cows under the coconut palms
View the documentWithout poison, but naturally
View the documentTHEME: NOURISHMENT AND UNDERNOURISHMENT
View the documentDown-to-earth research
View the documentMore than a hill of beans
View the documentA winning way with weeds
View the documentTHEME: AGRICULTURE IS IMPORTANT - FOR A HOST OF REASONS
View the documentTo grow green, the maize must wither
View the documentBut you don't use cows for plowing
View the documentTHEME: AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ALONE WON'T DO IT
View the documentGetting the rice right
View the documentCGIAR research institutions* discussed in this book
View the documentAddresses
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Back Cover

Hardworking farmers' wives threshing millet in Zimbabwe. Researchers in white coats sitting at electron microscopes in laboratories in India. What can they possibly have to do with one another? The answer is: a great deal. It was the researchers who propagated the new varieties of grain that have led to greater yields on African farms and full stomachs for the farmers' families. That, in a nutshell, is just one of the many heartening stories recounted in this book. Good News from Africa describes how, with the support of the international community, agricultural research is achieving valuable results. And it introduces the reader to those farmers whom the researchers have helped to a better and more secure way of life.