Tropical agriculture : Selected handbooks
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CTA. 1989. Tropical agriculture : Selected handbooks. Spore 23. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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'Tropical agriculture: Selected handbooks', 1989, 119pp. ISBN 90 6832 627 9 Available from CTA
CTA's mission to improve the access to scientific and technical information for people working in the field of agricultural and rural development in the ACP countries has led it to produce a new bibliography 'Tropical agriculture: Selected handbooks'. It is a response to the exponential growth of information available and the increasing difficulty of keeping up to date and accessing this information. International databases such as AGRICOLA and CABI grow at the rate of 10,000 references to agricultural literature per month. In developing countries the difficulties are not in coping with the information explosion, but in making good an acute shortage of scientific information, whether in print or other media. This catalogue is a 'rude to English-language books on agriculture and rural development (farming, animal husbandry, fisheries, post-harvest operations and related activities) in the Tropics and sub-tropics, with emphasis on the African-Caribbean-Pacific countries. It is a compilation of 405 standard reference works which are still in print and available from publishers. The price and name of the publisher are given in the descriptions. As such, it is a practical buying guide for students, educational staff, researchers, extension officers, librarians, and others. Its principal aims are to provide a guide to reference works on tropical agriculture for research workers, extension staff, planners and decision-makers; to create awareness of the rich sources of information on tropical agriculture in the English language; to assist agricultural librarians in creating well-balanced collections of textbooks, reference works and manuals in this field. Because many outstanding handbooks on various aspects of rural development are out of print, they are not included in this catalogue, though some of the titles can be found in the bibliographies and reference lists mentioned in it, and out-of-date books are available in libraries. Directories have been included to offer access to a wide range of information sources in the field of tropical agriculture and rural development. The catalogue is divided into categories and subcategories, and within these groups the entries are arranged by subject. There is one abstract for each book. The publishers of this vital shortcut through the presentday maze of information, CTA, would welcome comments and suggestions as to how the catalogue might be improved. 'Tropical agriculture: Selected handbooks', 1989, 119pp. ISBN 90 6832 627 9 Available from CTA