Subsisting in the mountains
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CTA. 2000. Subsisting in the mountains. Spore 88. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Subsistence Agriculture Improvement. Manual for the Humid Tropics Edited by F Goeltenboth, Brot für die Welt, Verlag Josef Margraf, Germany and the WAU Ecology Institute, Papua New Guinea. 1990. 230 pp. ISBN 9980 73 001 3 CTA number 973. 20 Credit po
Around 2.4 million people in the mountain areas of Papua New Guinea depend on subsistence farming. For a long time this way of farming has been avoided, and sometimes derided, by many authorities and developers worldwide. Shifting cultivation and slash and burn techniques, in combination with population pressure, was leading to deforestation and soil degradation. The general belief was that investing in such a farming system wouldn t get us anywhere. Not so, say the authors of Subsistence agriculture improvement, whose practical manual has won many admirers since it was published 10 years ago. Now available to CTA s subscribers, it offers a worthy collection of ways to improve subsistence farming. It explains how to build an A-frame for making terraces and contour-ridges and how to recognise zinc deficiency in citrus, beans and potatoes. In between it provides information about composting, crafting, drying, cooking, planting and protecting. In addition it contains a section on commonly known plants for the mid-mountain subsistence garden. All in all, a manual useful for other tropical mountainous areas as well. Finally, Sally Shaw did a great job with the many attractive, clear and clarifying illustrations. Subsistence Agriculture Improvement. Manual for the Humid Tropics Edited by F Goeltenboth, Brot für die Welt, Verlag Josef Margraf, Germany and the WAU Ecology Institute, Papua New Guinea. 1990. 230 pp. ISBN 9980 73 001 3 CTA number 973. 20 Credit points.