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Unlocking Markets to Smallholders
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 268

Unlocking Markets to Smallholders

Preface -- 1. Market access, poverty alleviation and socio-economic sustainability in South Africa -- 2. Strategies to improve smallholders? market access -- 3. Influence of institutional and technical factors on market choices of smallholder farmers in the Kat River Valley -- 4. Technical constraints to market access for crop and livestock farmers in Nkonkobe Municipality, Eastern Cape province -- 5. Smallholders and livestock markets -- 6. Unlocking markets to smallholder farmers: the potential role of contracting -- 7. Food retailing and agricultural development -- 8. Unlocking credit markets -- 9. Governance structures for supply chain management in the smallholder farming systems of South Africa -- 10. Smallholder market access and governance in supply chains -- 11. Factors unlocking markets to smallholders: lessons, recommendations and stakeholders addressed -- About the authors -- Index.

Seed Potato Technology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 383

Seed Potato Technology

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Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 526

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Climate change is a major framing condition for sustainable development of agriculture and food. Global food production is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time it is among the sectors worst affected by climate change.This book brings together a multidisciplinary group of authors exploring the ethical dimensions of climate change and food. Conceptual clarifications provide a necessary basis for putting sustainable development into practice. Adaptation and mitigation demand altering both agricultural and consumption practices. Intensive vs. extensive production is reassessed with regard to animal welfare, efficiency and environmental implications. Propert...

Feed efficiency in swine
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 263

Feed efficiency in swine

'Feed efficiency in swine' has been prepared as a comprehensive treatise on the current state of our understanding of this topic which is so important to the pork industry. Each chapter is written by international authorities who understand both the science and application of their topic area. The book provides detailed insight into the many factors affecting feed efficiency, ranging from diet processing to herd health, from nutrition to physiology and from day-to-day barn management to the adoption of advanced technologies. The authors explain such practical aspects as the challenge of interpreting feed efficiency information obtained on farm or the role of liquid feeding. The authors also delve into more scientific topics such as amino acid or energy metabolism or animal physiology. This book is written for people who have a technical interest in pork production, including nutritionists, geneticists, farm management specialists, veterinarians, other academics and, of course, pork producers.

Handbook of Hair in Health and Disease
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 493

Handbook of Hair in Health and Disease

Hair is a major component of the body's tissue system that contributes to the individual's make up and confers a large degree of personal identity. Apart from its visible façade, hair also has a functional role. It has an unique structure and complex molecular development. The very nature of hair makes it a suitable marker for the prognosis of disease. Hair can also be used to screen for toxins and changes in the diet. However, there are currently no suitable publications available that describe hair in a rational scientific context. This handbook provides an academic approach to hair in health and disease. Divided into five sections the Handbook of Hair in Health and Disease provides an in...

NorFor - the Nordic Feed Evaluation System
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 180

NorFor - the Nordic Feed Evaluation System

NorFor is a semi-mechanistic feed evaluation system for cattle, which is used by advisors in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This book describes in detail the system and it covers five main sections. The first is concerned with information on feed characteristics, feed analysis and feed digestion methods. The second section describes the digestion and metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract and the supply and requirement of energy and metabolizable amino acids. The third section considers the prediction of feed intake and physical structure of the diet. The fourth section focuses on model evaluation and the final section provides information on the IT solutions and feed ration formulation by a non-linear economical optimization procedure. This book will be of significant interest to researchers, students and advisors of cattle nutrition and feed evaluation.

Proceedings of the Xth International Scientific Congress in Fur Animal Production
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 496

Proceedings of the Xth International Scientific Congress in Fur Animal Production

These proceedings present the latest achievements and developments within the scientific community of fur animal research organised by the International Fur Animal Scientific Association (IFASA). The book contains papers on the following topics: nutrition, feeding and management, health and disease, breeding, genetics and reproduction, behaviour and welfare and a theme on 'WelFur for mink and foxes'. The scientific results presented do not only come from traditional mink producing countries, but also from countries with more recent developments in fur animal production. The scientific community in the field of fur animal production is small, but the biologic diversity and thus the need for scientifically based knowledge in this area is similar to, or often exceeds, that of other farm animals. In this book, the most diverse and recent advancements in fur animal production were brought together in order to provide a clear overview for all those involved in the fur animal industry.

On Farm Monitoring of Pig Welfare
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 207

On Farm Monitoring of Pig Welfare

On Farm Monitoring of Pig Welfare outlines how to evaluate the welfare of pigs at a farm level. Attention is focused on the assessment of the validation of the inferred indicators and parameters, and the validity, reliability and the feasibility of the measuring methods. Issues are elaborated upong by well-known experts in their field of work. This unique approach has added-value compared to other books because ideas developed in laboratory conditions are discussed here in relation to constraints experienced in field work.

Cultivated Vegetables of the World
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 828

Cultivated Vegetables of the World

Vegetables make up a major portion of the diet of humans and are critical for good health. With the world population predicted to reach 9 billion people by 2050, they will play an increasingly important role in food availability. The purpose of this book is to facilitate accuracy in communication among individuals working in agriculture and a better understand of the extent and diversity of vegetable production and utilization worldwide. Increasing global economic interdependence and trade in agricultural products makes precise communication among individuals utilizing different languages essential. There is currently a wide range of vegetables shipped around the world as seasonal, economic ...

Ammonia Emissions in Agriculture
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 403

Ammonia Emissions in Agriculture

Ammonia emissions is an important topic in many countries with animal production, since it contributes to environmental and health problems. Strategies and measures to reduce ammonia emission are getting increasing attention in national and international legislation.This book aims to bring together visions and knowledge from scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders around the subject of NH3 emissions from agricultural operations and its reduction options. It also offers a basis for international harmonization on various NH3 emission related topics (e.g. national emission inventories, measurement techniques and strategies, data on emissions and reductions) and, last but not l...