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  1. Library Resource
    December, 2011
    Eswatini, Southern Africa, Africa

    Beans are an important crop for food and income generation in Swaziland. They do very well in the higher areas of the country although can be grown in all the regions. They are also the second legume to Swazi farmers after groundnuts in importance. Different farmers grow beans for different uses such as leaves, green beans or dry beans.

  2. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    June, 2011
    Sierra Leone

    This paper assesses the extent to which customary governance in Sierra Leone can be held responsible for an increasingly unstable two‐class agrarian society. A case is made for regarding the civil war (1991–2002) as being an eruption of long‐term, entrenched agrarian tensions exacerbated by chiefly rule. Evidence is presented to suggest that the main rebel movement embodied in its plans to reorganize agricultural production some grasp of these longer‐term agrarian problems. Postwar attempts to implement co‐operative farming and mining are then described.

  3. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2011
    Ethiopia, Africa, Eastern Africa

    Neglected by research and development, knowledge of the genetic diversity in Ethiopian yams is found mainly with the local farmers. The local yam classification system in Southern Ethiopia was studied through individual and key informant interviews. Data collected include attributes/traits of each landrace used in the folk taxonomy. Local farmers recognize two major categories of yams: ‘hatuma boye’ (‘male’ yam) and ‘macha boye’ (‘female’ yam). This categorization has no reference to the reproductive biology of the plant.

  4. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    June, 2011

    Les chercheurs de l’université de Californie font état d’une surprenante découverte: un gène qui «étanchéifie» les plants de riz les protège également de la sécheresse. Le gène Sub1a, naturellement présent dans certaines variétés à faible rendement, en Inde, a été découvert dans les années 1990 à l’Institut international de recherche sur le riz, aux Philippines.

  5. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    June, 2011

    Une algue rouge vivant dans la mer qui baigne les îles Fidji pourrait contribuer à lutter contre le paludisme. Une équipe de chercheurs américains a découvert que l’algue Callophycus serratus contient des composés chimiques capables de détruire le parasite responsable du paludisme, le Plasmodium falciparum. Cette algue produit diverses substances antimicrobiennes qui semblent agir essentiellement contre les champignons microscopiques.

  6. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    May, 2011
    Latin America and the Caribbean

    El documento analiza el concepto de Agricultura Familiar en diversas definiciones y en qué medida puede resultar una herramienta exitosa para el mundo rural y su salida de la pobreza. Se analizan también programas y políticas específicamente dirigidos a apoyar el desarrollo de la actividad productiva agropecuaria por parte de los productores de la Agricultura Familiar.

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