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Environment, pastoralism,liverstock, and agriculture

 

Improving Goat Production in the Tropics

A Manual for Development Workers

Christie Peacock

Goats play a vital role in the rural economy of many poor countries, and numerous projects have been established to encourage their development. But the extension workers employed on such projects are often untrained in goat production, and the only available textbooks are mostly very academic or irrelevant to tropical regions.

Designed specifically for non-specialists, this steps bystep guide offers practical advice on goat-keeping in tropical climates, with comprehensive guidelines on how to plan and implement a goat-development programme, and carry out any practical activity associated with goats. With technical information clearly explained and a wealth of high-quality illustrations, the book will be of great value to field-workers, to government and NGO planners and managers, and to teachers and students of livestock development.

Published in association with FARM-Africa

1996, 400 pages with photographs, line drawings and tables

0 85598 268 3, hardback, £29.95, $47.50

085598 2691, paperback, £14.95, $24.95

 

Livestock and Land-Use Surveys in Sub-Saharian Africa

Wiliam Wint and David Bourn

Reports on the preliminary analysis of data from extensive low-level aerial surveys and ground studies of livestock and land use in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad.

An Oxfam working Paper

1994, 0 85598 284 5, 36pp, £6.95, $9.95

 

Integrated Livestock Surveys of Red Sea Province, Sudan

1990, 280pp

An Oxfam Working Paper

0 85598169 5, £49.95, $79.95

 

Looking After Our Land

Will Critchley

Using case studies from Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Mali, this book illustrates the main lessons to be learned from new approaches to soil and water conservation in sub-Saharan Africa.

1991, 88pp illustrated

0 85598170 9, paperback, £8.95, $14,95

French version: 0855981717, paperback, £8.95

 

Looking After Our Land Video

90 minute b/w video featuring case studies.

0 85598 252 7, VHS/PAL, £14.95

0 85598 253 5, NTSC, £14.95

Not available from Humanities Press in North America

 

Behind the Lines of Stone

The Social Impact of a Soil and Water

Conservation Project in the Sahel

Nicholas Atampugre

In 1979 Oxfam (UK/I) began to fund an experiment in soil and water conservation in Burkina Faso. By 1992 the innovative technique had won international acclaim and many imitators; cereal yields had significantly increased and natural vegetation was growing spontaneously again.

The social impact oft he project is less easy to assess. To discover how it has affected the poorest sections of the community - and especially women Oxfam commissioned a team of researchers to survey more than 1,000 households. Their findings form the basis of this book, which will be of interest to agriculture and environment workers as well as community development workers in the field, and academics concerned with agricultural and social development in arid climates.

• Nicholas Atampugre is a Ghanaian researcher and development consultant. He is the deputy editor of Africa World Review and co-author of Whose Trees ? (Pangs Institute 1991).

1993 ,192pp with photographs, maps and tables

0 85598 257 8, hardback, £24.95, $39.95

0 85598 258 6, paperback, £10.95, $17.50

 

One Earth, Two Worlds

Dave Dalton and John Barraclough

Poor people in the South have every reason to protect their own environment: they depend on it more directly than the rich and are more immediately affected by its destruction or deterioration. Yet in many places they are powerless to defend or improve it. With full-colour case studies which draw on Oxfam's experience, One Earth, Two Worlds looks at environmental issues from the point of view of poor people. What are the pressures on the environment in the South? What are people doing to solve their own problems? Are we in the North part of the problem, or part of the solution?

1995, 0855982764, paperback 32pp illustrated, £3.95, $6.95

 

Hunters and Gatherers in Central Africa

John Beauclerk

Examines the traditional economy of indigenous forest communities in the Zaire Basin, and the pressure put on it by commercial interests, competing cultivators, and national governments.

An Oxfam Working Paper

1993, 0 855981911, 46pp, £6.95, $12.95

 

The Gaia Atlas of Planet Management

Norman Myers, General Editor

'Read this boon. Don't just rend it, buy it! Present a copy to your college library; send one to your UP if you lend your own copy; get it back! If any book can teach a nation how to control its collective self-interest, it is GAIA. New Scientist

The definitive guide to a planet in critical transition, this completely revised edition comes after a decade of revolutionary and political change. Thoroughly updated with a wealth of new topics and powerful, colourful graphics, The Gaia Atlas sets the planet's agenda to the year 2000 and beyond.

Includes a section about Oxfam's overseas programme.

Published by Gaia Books, 1994,

1 85675 061 2, paperback 288pp, £16.99

Not available from Humanities Press in North America

 

Trees of Somalia

Des Mahoney

A comprehensive illustrated reference manual giving detailed information about the 44 most useful woody tree varieties common to Somalia.

An Oxfam Working Paper

1991, 0 855981091, 196pp illustrated, £12.95, $18.95

 

Measuring Drought and Drought

Impacts in Red Sea Province. Sudan

Edited by Roy Cole

Covers such issues as drought and food-security assessment techniques, rainfall and drought records, the market for food and the impact of food aid.

An Oxfam Working Paper

1989, 0 85598168 7, 304pp, £12.95, 518.95

 

Cereal Banks

At Your Service

Abdou Fall

Cereal banks have become a widespread and popular response to the problem of ensuring food security. This book presents, in the form of a story, some of the main questions and issues surrounding the setting up and operation of a cereal bank.

1991, 0 855981571, paperback 56pp illustrated, £6.95, $11.95

 

Journal

Baobab

Baobab is the journal of the Arid Lands Information Network/ Reseau d'Information des Terres Arides, formerly a unit of Oxfam and now an independent NGO in Dakar, Senegal. Oxfam is the agent for the sale of Baobab to non-members of ALIN. Published three times a year, in March, luly and November, the journal represents a practical resource on community development in dry lands. Articles range from the practical to the analytical; all are rooted in the grassroots experience of practitioners, working mainly in Africa. Baobab will be of interest to planners and workers in communities in the South and to academics and researchers in the North and the South.

For further information and details of subscription rates, contact ALIN/RITA, Casier Postal 3, DakarFann, Senegal.

 

No Time to Waste

Poverty and the Global Environment

Joan Davidson and Dorothy Myers with Manab Chakraborty

It is increasingly clear that environmental problems cannot be solved without full consideration of the process of economic development, the results of which are so often destructive rather than sustainable. No Time to Waste examines these issues from a Southern viewpoint, and gives examples from Oxfam's experience of how poor people are responding to safeguard and improve the environment, on which their livelihoods, and our common futures, depend.

1992, 224pp illustrated 085598182 2, hardback £24.95, $39.95

085598183 0, paperback, £9.95, $15.95

 

Pastoral Livelihoods in Danger

Cattte Disease, Drought, and Wildlife Conservation in Mursiland, SouthWestern Ethiopia

David Turton

This report is the outcome of a field study carried out with cattle herders in northern Mursiland. Ethiopia, on behalf of Oxfam UK and Ireland. Its immediate purpose was to seek the views of local herd-owners on how the pastoral economy could be strengthened, without external intervention, in a remote area prone to cattle disease and drought.

A secondary focus, which emerged during the research, is the threat posed to pastoralists by government plans to encourage tourism and to construct dams on the Omo river for electricity generation. The paper considers ways of putting pressure on conservation bodies and civil authorities to protect the vital subsistence resources of the Mursi people.

. David Turton is the Anthropological Adviser to Granada TV's series 'Disappearing World', and was Programme Consultant on five films about the Mursi, which were broadcast in this series.

An Oxfam Working Paper, 1995

0 85598 333 7, 75pp with maps and bibliography, £9.95, $15.00

 

Pastoral Associations in Chad

Hedwig Bruggeman

An account of Oxfam's Ishtirak project in Chad, working with agro-pastoralists.

An Oxfam Working Paper, 1993, 0 85598 214 4, 40pp, £6.95, $12.95

 

Agricultural trade and Food Security

Kevin Watkins

This book examines the interaction of international trade realities and national policies, and how they impact on the survival strategies of even remote households and villages. Includes case sudies from Mexico and the Philippines.

Published by Oxfam UK/lreland in the Philippines 1996, 97191752 06, 100pp paperback, £8.95, $14.95

 

Pastoral Development Planning

Julian Prior

Development agencies working with pastoralists have concentrated on technical programmes to combat threats such as drought, famine, and environmental degradation. Julian Prior argues that their initiatives would be more relevant and sustainable if they were supported by social development which strengthened the institutional capacity of pastoral communities. Improved technologies should make a positive contribution to the security of pastoral peoples. Community development planners, for whom this book is principally written, have a major role to play in this process.

This book is based on a detailed case study of range management in north-west Somalia.

• Julian Prior was Oxfam's Project Manager on the Erigavo Project until the outbreak of the Somali civil war. He now works in Australia for the NSW Department of Conservation and Land Management.

An Oxfam Development Guideline

1994, 160pp illustrated

0 85598 204 7, paperback, £8.95, $14.95

0 85598 203 9, hardback, £24.95, $39.95