Crop protection for small-scale farmers
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CTA. 1989. Crop protection for small-scale farmers. Spore 21. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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'Crop Protecton for Small-Scale Farms in East and Central Africa - a Review' edited by Roslyn Tamara Prinsiey of the CSC and P John Terry, Weed Research Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bristol UK, ISBN 0 85092 331 X, price UKL6.00
In most countries of Eastern and Central Africa, agricultural production is carried out mainIy on small-scale farms; smallscale farming families account for the majority of the population in these countries. On many of these farms, a single family provides the only labour available, and inputs such as pesticides and machinery are not affordable. However, in many of these countries there is an urgent need to improve the productivity of food crops, despite these constraints. For example, extensive yield losses are inflicted upon these crops on small-scale farms by insects, weeds, diseases and nematodes and improvement of crop protection practices is therefore seen as an important means of raising yields. 'Crop Protection for Small-Scale Farms in Eastern and Central Africa - a Review', is a book devoted to the consideration of this question; it was published by the Commonwealth Science Council in 1988. It is based on an analysis of the farming systems in the Embu district of Kenya and on a workshop held in Embu, which combined systems analysis techniques with farm visits and a detailed study of the area. As a result a coordinated collaborative regional research project was recommended, and further developed at a CSC project planning meeting in Harare in March 1988. This volume represents a compilation of the review papers presented at this meeting. lt is intended as a handbook for the scientists involved in the CSC research programme but will also be of interest to other scientists involved in crop protection for small-scale farms. It provides an extensive review of intercropping and its relation to crop protection; it recommends appropriate research; it discusses mapr weed control problems in the region and, in particular looks at potential control methods for Striga: it also looks at intercropping practices. Dr S Z Sithole goes on to review the available informahon on yield losses in maize due to maize stalk borer and indentifies the need for further information using standardized and quantitative procedures. The final chapters discuss pesticide safety management and storage, while Mr Peter Johnson of the Department of Agricultural, Technical and Extension Services of Zimbabwe expresses the need to learn from farmers of their approaches to crop protection, and in general terms, how their farming systems work. 'Crop Protecton for Small-Scale Farms in East and Central Africa - a Review' edited by Roslyn Tamara Prinsiey of the CSC and P John Terry, Weed Research Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bristol UK, ISBN 0 85092 331 X, price UKL6.00 Commonwealth Science Councill Marlborough House Pall Mall Londen SW 1 5HX UK