Amaranth to Zai Holes: Ideas for growing food under difficult conditions by Laura Meitzner and Martin Price

This 400 page book is a compilation of all the information from ECHO Development Notes over 15 years. Material has been re-ordered and expanded. It provides an excellent source of information on all kinds of subjects, including staple crops, agroforestry, pest control, seeds, animals and food science.
Please order from:

ECHO, 17430 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33917-2200, USA.

Where There is no Artist Development drawings and how to use them by Petra Röhr-Rouendaal

Visual aids can help provide information, encourage discussion and discovery and make difficult ideas easier to understand. Pictures help make books and posters more accessible, simply by making them look more interesting.

This new book contains more than 500 drawings on a wide range of educational and health issues all of which are copyright free. There is an introduction which gives good practical advice on how to use pictures, how to enlarge them, change them and how to use them in all kinds of different ways – posters, comic strips, games, flannel boards, etc. Another chapter gives help, advice and tips to the many who say, ‘but I can’t draw…’

A very useful book for all who use visual aids in their work. Highly recommended. It can be ordered from IT Publications.

IT Bookshop, 103–105 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HH, UK.

People Give To People: Guides to successful fundraising

The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network (DCFRN) has obtained support to produce a series of six booklets for agencies in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean who want to begin or improve their fundraising programmes. The booklets will be flexible, easy to use and revise, and economical. They will be available in English, Spanish, and French at very low cost.

Elizabeth Wilson is looking for case studies of fundraising successes and failures, anecdotes, good quotes about fundraising, and organizations who are interested in increasing funding worldwide. There will be a small payment in US dollars for any original case study or anecdote that appears in the booklets. If you can help please contact:

Elizabeth Wilson, 31 Baldwin Street, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, L1A 1S3. E-mail:

Oasis Counselling Centre

Oasis Counselling Centre run a number of useful seminars. Subjects to be covered include Trauma Counselling, Leadership Training, Gender in Development and Youth Counselling. Courses are held in Nairobi, Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda and are open to all. Please write for more details to:

Oasis Counselling Centre, PO Box 76117, Nairobi, Kenya.

Natural Resources Institute

A number of useful materials are printed by this institute, some shown below. Many are aimed at researchers, but some are of particular interest to grassroots development workers. Educational groups, research institutions and nonprofit- making organisations in countries receiving British aid can apply for a free single copy. Write, using your official title (not name), to:

NRI, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB, UK.

Crop Production Workbook for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
by V Gibberd

This book is designed for easy use in the field by extension workers, teachers and development workers. It looks at the work of one of the first farmer participatory applied research projects based in a semi-arid area of Kenya.

It looks at time of planting, soil fertility and moisture, pests, soil conservation and useful tools, comparing farmers’ findings with official recommendations.

It has useful practical tips on how to run trials and how to set up an adaptive research programme.

Available from NRI you may qualify for a free copy – see above).

Use of Trees by Livestock

A series of six booklets, looking at the importance of trees and shrubs for feeding livestock in the tropics, especially in drier areas. Each booklet looks in detail at the characteristics of one genus, with recommendations on their growth, use and management. The series includes:

  1. Prosopis 
  2. Acacia 
  3. Gliricidia
  4. Anti-nutritive factors
  5. Quercus 6 Cassia

Available from NRI at £2 each (unless you qualify for a free copy – see above).