Practical guide to fruit and vegetable growing in Africa
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CTA. 1990. Practical guide to fruit and vegetable growing in Africa . Spore 29. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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'African Gardens: Growing Vegetables and Fruit', published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd in association with Terres et Vie 333 pages, 1989 ISBN 0 333 49076/ISBN 2 87105 008 2 Available from CTA
Staple agricultural crops need to be complemented and supplemented by crops produced in gardens and orchards in order to produce a varied and nutritious diet. Kitchen gardens, market gardens and orchards also provide training grounds where people can learn to manage plants and exploit the land for the future benefit of the community. Fruit and vegetable growing is an indispensable economic activity that ensures a livelihood for the family as well as adequate food supplies to towns and rural areas. African Gardens: Growing Vegetables and Fruit is a new title in the series Land and Life (Terres et Vie) published by Macmillan, in association with CTA. The series is aimed at students and practitioners of agriculture and rural development in the Third World. The cost of translation from the French has been financed by CTA. African Gardens illustrates how the series treats a topic according to appropriate, small-scale and affordable technology, whilst at the same time taking into account both traditional practices and relevant modern improvements. The book covers the principles and practices of growing vegetables and fruit in the tropics and sub-tropics, and describes the requirements of these crops and the techniques of cultivation. Full details of a wide range of local and exotic fruit and vegetables are given. The book is divided into two parts, of which the first deals mainly with methods and practices. it aims to stimulate thought among growers about what they are doing, and to encourage them to experiment with different plants to improve yield, and thereby achieve a more balanced diet. It suggests ways of controlling pests, fertilizing the soil and choosing good seed. The second part describes 85 plants, many of which can often be found in the market-place, but which tend to be overlooked in other books on the subject. The text is easy to follow: technical words are printed in bold, and so also are key words and ideas. There is a general index which gives the first and subsequent pages on which these words occur. In addition there is a glossary, which defines the botanical terms used in Part II, an index of scientific names and some common plant names in languages and dialects other than English. This book can be seen as a contribution towards making more scientific and technical information available to growers and towards improving the quality of indigenous produce by experimentation and research. 'African Gardens: Growing Vegetables and Fruit', published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd in association with Terres et Vie 333 pages, 1989 ISBN 0 333 49076/ISBN 2 87105 008 2 Available from CTA