Information on organic farming
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CTA. 1990. Information on organic farming. Spore 25. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) is primarily an association of British gardeners and farmers who practise organic cultivation, and is a registered charity. It conducts research into improved, ecologically sound, and sustainable...
The Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) is primarily an association of British gardeners and farmers who practise organic cultivation, and is a registered charity. It conducts research into improved, ecologically sound, and sustainable methods of farming and gardening. In addition HDRA runs the National Centre for Organic Gardening at Ryton Gardens near Coventry, England, where it demonstrates growing methods to the general public and to overseas visitors including many from the developing world. The Association also offers its expertise for application to other countries including the Tropics. The aim is to contribute to long-term solutions to desertification and soil loss by the development of sustainable agricultural and forestry systems in arid and semi-arid areas. In its Drought Defeaters project, HDRA has been extensively involved in the selection and use of multipurpose tree and shrub species for countries in arid and semi-arid zones. In recent years seeds and relevant information have been supplied to a wide range of groups and individuals including a major national re-afforestation project in Cape Verde, a government forestry research unit in Kenya, the Irish aid agency 'Self Help' for their agroforestry project in Ethiopia, a rural development centre for the blind in Mali, and individual farmers in Zimbabwe. In 1989 HDRA launched a new programme to assist groups working in Africa to select species for their specific requirements and to provide, free of charge, suffficient seed of tested and guaranteed quality for local evaluation. Seed supplies are accompanied by full technical and practical details on the cultivation and use of chosen species. As a complement to its work both in the UK and in the developing world, the Henry Doubleday Research Association has a flourishing question and answer service and regularly publishes news and descriptions of current research projects and overseas field projects. HDRA is actively involved in a number of collaborative projects with universities and polytechnics at all levels in the UK, and publishes details of these. For more details, contact: Jill A. Schnabel -Advisory Department The Henry Doubleday Research Association - National Centre for Organic Gardening - Ryton-on-Dunsmore Coventry CV8 3LG - UK
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