True home improvement
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CTA. 2001. True home improvement. Spore 93. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46201
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Beating Hunger: The Chivi experience. A community-based approach to food security in Zimbabwe. By K Murwira, H Wedgewood, C Watson & E J Win, Intermediate Technology Publications, 2000. 150 pp. ISBN 1 85339 524 2 GBP 12.95 Euro 20.95
Beating Hunger is an account of a truly interesting participatory programme to reach food security in Chivi district, Zimbabwe. It describes how farmers households themselves define viable development alternatives to improve their situation. The description of farmer innovation and technology development uncovers the failure of local extension services to tailor to farmers real needs. The book describes the change in extension policy, focuses on the strengthening of local institutions, such as farmers groups, garden groups and thus sheds a different light on participation. It reduces the project officer, researcher or extension worker to a facilitator of experimentation, a convenor of meetings or even a travel agent for arranging visits of farmers to each other s farm or to research stations. This is a persuasive piece of work based on dedicated research. Lively, not without humour, and to be taken very seriously. Beating Hunger: The Chivi experience. A community-based approach to food security in Zimbabwe. By K Murwira, H Wedgewood, C Watson & E J Win, Intermediate Technology Publications, 2000. 150 pp. ISBN 1 85339 524 2 GBP 12.95 Euro 20.95 IT Publications 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HL, UK Fax: + 44 20 7436 2013 Email: email@example.com