This book is written for the first generation farmer but at the same time will appeal to a much wider audience, including established farmers. It provides readers with the information they need to commit themselves to a farming life even if they lack experience and finance. It encourages would-be farmers to have a go at farming on their own, whether it be a hobby farm, part-time farm or a full-time enterprise. The book covers a wide range of topics, from renting land and buying a field, as well as all the livestock enterprises, arable farming, haymaking, silage making and much more. A chapter is also included on how to obtain planning permission for a mobile home and permanent dwelling in a greenbelt area, along with how to go about building - invaluable for those that need to live on the premises. What makes this book unique is the added humour. If you read John's four hilarious school farm books, you will have come to expect his wonderful sense of humour to shine through.
Farmer First presents a new paradigm and methods for agricultural research. Starting with farmers’ own capacity for innovation, contributors from the agricultural and social sciences, ecology, economics and geography make the case for a farmer-first mode to complement the traditional transfer of technology.The theme of Farmer First is that much of the problem has been the processes of generating and transferring technology, and much of the solution lies in farmers’ capacities and participation. This follows and fits recent shifts in perception and priority. The successes of the green revolution have been largely limited to irrigated and well-watered environments. Elsewhere, in rain fed, fragile and difficult environments where over a billion people now seek their living, the performance of agricultural research has been disappointing. Poverty, population projections, deforestation and environmental degradation together point to the need for sustainable increases in production in these areas to provide livelihoods for hundreds of millions more poor people. The challenge is to find more effective ways to serve their complex, diverse and risk-prone small farming systems.Farmer First has been written for all who are concerned with policy practice and management for agricultural research extension and development regardless of discipline, profession or organization. It has been arranged as a text convenient for teaching and training. For all those who work in international and national agricultural research systems, in extension, in agricultural universities and faculties, and in non-governmental organization. The approaches and methods described are a professional challenge.
Aquaculture by General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). Committee on Aquaculture
This book returns to the debates about farmer participation in agricultural R & D, looks to the future, and calls for a major rethink, boosting of knowledge and capacities of farmers' organizations to innovate, strengthening networks and alliances to support and share lessons on farmer-led innovation.
A totally modern, all-purpose handbook for today’s agricultural dreamers—covering the challenges and triumphs of launching any successful farm—from two leading lights in sustainable farming Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you already have a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today's market? Start Your Farm, the first comprehensive business guide of its kind, covers these essential questions and more: Why be a farmer in the 21st century? Do you have what it takes? What does sustainable really mean, and how can a small (as little as one acre) to midsize farm survive alongside commodity-scale agriculture? How do you access education, land, and other needs with limited capital? How can you reap an actual profit, including a return on land investment? How do you build connections with employees, colleagues, and customers? At the end of the day, how do you measure success? (Hint: Cash your lifestyle paycheck.) More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it's well within reach—and there's no greater satisfaction under the sun!
The constantly changing circumstances of rural life in sub-Saharan Africa have brought with them both successes and failures. The essays in this volume examine the various pressures and inducements to changing resource-use patterns faced by rural households, and explore the two-way causal relationship between technology and technological change on the one hand and other key elements of rural change - demographic, environmental, economic, social, and political - on the other. Contemporary approaches to the introduction of technical innovations are examined, and new approaches are proposed. Through case studies of particular communities, the wide-ranging impacts of past experiences are assessed, and the causes and consequences of indigenous initiatives are explored.