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Nabhan, Gary P. 1997. Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture and Story. Washington, D.C., Counterpoint. Contact: Counterpoint, P.O. Box 65793, Washington, D.C. 20035-5793. 

Gary Nabhan’s latest book is a series of essays in which he tackles, in his words, “relationships among cultural diversity, community stability, and the conservation of biological diversity in natural habitats. Why are naturally diverse regions also culturally diverse? What allows certain communities to resist harmful economic and social change? Do these communities retain more intact habitats in their homeland because of this resistance? Why do such similar forces seem to undercut both biological and cultural diversity, and what can we do to control these forces”. 

Bayer, W. and A. Waters-Bayer. 1998. Forage Husbandry. The Tropical Agriculturist Series. London & Basingstoke, Macmillan Education Ltd.

The Tropical Agriculturalist series is intended to provide up-to-date information for students, extension agents and farmers, written in an easy- to-understand manner. All the books are prepared by specialists who have worked in several tropical countries or regions. This volume is written by Wolfgang Bayer in collaboration with Ann Waters-Bayer, both of whom have considerable experience in forage husbandry and farming systems research and development in a number of countries in the tropics and subtropics.

There are many books written on pasture and forage production in temperate and tropical climates, but few have attempted to deal with the subject when applied to smallholder or non-commercial systems. The authors show not only how forage is grown, used and stored, but also how it is integrated into the overall farming systems. They refer to systems in which small-scale farmers cultivate land and keep some livestock, as well as to those in which pastoralists husband the available resources to sustain their livestock through the varying seasons of the year.

The book covers situations that exist in regions ranging from deserts to humid grasslands and from low to high altitudes, and deals with livestock systems ranging from nomadic pastoralism to intensive stall- feeding of animals. Particularly valuable are the case studies used to illustrate systems of forage husbandry ranging from management of natural grassland to the production of high-quality forage crops. This book should help the reader to understand various aspects of forage husbandry under numerous different situations in the tropics. It also indicates how forage husbandry systems are and can be developed in a sustainable way through a process of participatory research and innovation. (Written by Anthony J Smith, Edinburgh)

198 pp, 216 x 138 mm, paperback, 32 B/W photographs, ISBN 0 333 66856 1, 7.


1. Introduction
2. Livestock keepers and their farming systems
3. Livestock and forage: some basic biology
4. Management of livestock and forage resources
5. Managing natural forage
6. Forage as auxiliary product from cultivated land
7. Cultivated forages
8. Forage conservation and supplementation
9. Research and development in forage husbandry

The book is a co-publication of Macmillan, CTA and GTZ.


or, for people in APC countries:

  • CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation)
    Postbus 380, NL-6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands
    Fax: +31.317.460067
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