Scientific, Technical & Medical Agriculture & Farming Books

Raising Livestock: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Horses, Donkeys, Beef Cattle, Llamas, Pigs, Sheep, and Goats

If you want to learn how to raise livestock successfully, the keep reading...Have you been looking for a resource that will take you through the ins and outs of livestock from start to finish?If so, then you've come to the right place. This book, Raising Livestock: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Horses, Donkeys, Beef Cattle, Llamas, Pigs, Sheep, and Goats is exactly what you need.7 manuscripts in one book:Raising Horses: The Ultimate Guide To Horse Breeding, Training And CareRaising Donkeys: The Ultimate Guide to Donkey Selection, Caring, and Training, Including a Comparison of Standard and Miniature DonkeysRaising Beef Cattle: An Essential Guide to Raising Cows, Calves, Bulls, Steers and Heifers in Your Backyard or on a Small FarmRaising Llamas: The Ultimate Guide to Llama Keeping and Caring, Including Tips on How to Raise AlpacasRaising Pigs: The Ultimate Guide to Pig Raising on Your HomesteadRaising Sheep: An Essential Guide on How to Raise Sheep in Your Backyard or on a Small FarmRaising Goats: An Essential Guide on How to Raise Healthy Goats and Tips on Starting a Goat Farming Business from ScratchGrab your copy of this book now to learn more abount raising livestock!

Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa: Modeling and Evaluation (Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development)

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. The book examines the methodological challenges in analyzing the effectiveness of development policies. It presents a selection of tools and methodologies that can help tackle the complexities of which policies work best and why, and how they can be implemented effectively given the political and economic framework conditions of a country. The contributions in this book offer a continuation of the ongoing evidence-based debate on the role of agriculture and participatory policy processes in reducing poverty. They develop and apply quantitative political economy approaches by integrating quantitative models of political decision-making into existing economic modeling tools, allowing a more comprehensive growth-poverty analysis. The book addresses not only scholars who use quantitative policy modeling and evaluation techniques in their empirical or theoretical research, but also technical experts, including policy makers and analysts from stakeholder organizations, involved in formulating and implementing policies to reduce poverty and to increase economic and social well-being in African  countries.

The Potato Crop: Its Agricultural, Nutritional and Social Contribution to Humankind

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book provides a fresh, updated and science-based perspective on the current status and prospects of the diverse array of topics related to the potato, and was written by distinguished scientists with hands-on global experience in research aspects related to potato. The potato is the third most important global food crop in terms of consumption. Being the only vegetatively propagated species among the world’s main five staple crops creates both issues and opportunities for the potato: on the one hand, this constrains the speed of its geographic expansion and its options for international commercialization and distribution when compared with commodity crops such as maize, wheat or rice. On the other, it provides an effective insulation against speculation and unforeseen spikes in commodity prices, since the potato does not represent a good traded on global markets. These two factors highlight the underappreciated and underrated role of the potato as a dependable nutrition security crop, one that can mitigate turmoil in world food supply and demand and political instability in some developing countries. Increasingly, the global role of the potato has expanded from a profitable crop in developing countries to a crop providing income and nutrition security in developing ones. This book will appeal to academics and students of crop sciences, but also policy makers and other stakeholders involved in the potato and its contribution to humankind’s food security.

Climate Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience to Climate Change (Natural Resource Management and Policy Book 52)

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO license.The book uses an economic lens to identify the main features of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), its likely impact, and the challenges associated with its implementation.  Drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional, and resource economics, this book expands and formalizes the conceptual foundations of CSA. Focusing on the adaptation/resilience dimension of CSA, the text embraces a mixture of conceptual analyses, including theory, empirical and policy analysis, and case studies, to look at adaptation and resilience through three possible avenues: ex-ante reduction of vulnerability, increasing adaptive capacity, and ex-post risk coping. The book is divided into three sections. The first section provides conceptual framing, giving an overview of the CSA concept and grounding it in core economic principles. The second section is devoted to a set of case studies illustrating the economic basis of CSA in terms of reducing vulnerability, increasing adaptive capacity and ex-post risk coping. The final section addresses policy issues related to climate change. Providing information on this new and important field in an approachable way, this book helps make sense of CSA and fills intellectual and policy gaps by defining the concept and placing it within an economic decision-making framework. This book will be of interest to agricultural, environmental, and natural resource economists, development economists, and scholars of development studies, climate change, and agriculture. It will also appeal to policy-makers, development practitioners, and members of governmental and non-governmental organizations interested in agriculture, food security and climate change.