CTA Publications

CTA Publications

Spore is a regular magazine produced by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The CTA focuses on the countries of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, which have a special relationship with the European Union through the Cotonou Agreement. The magazine contains articles relevant to NGOs, government departments and other organisations working in agriculture and rural development in these regions. The electronic version of Spore magazine is accessible to everyone. To receive it, send a blank email to: For more information, visit:

CTA also have a range of publications on livestock. These include the popular Agrodoks series which includes technical guides relating to topics such as ‘Donkeys for traction and tillage’, ‘Zoonoses’ and ‘Backyard rabbit keeping in the tropics’; CTA Practical Guides on topics such as ‘Worm control in sheep’ and ‘Rearing dairy goats’ and the Tropical Agriculturalist series with individual guides including ‘Sheep’, ‘Pigs’ and ‘Animal breeding’. To view their full catalogue, visit:

All CTA’s publications are available in English, French and Portuguese.

According to the CTA website, organisations, departments or units located in an ACP country and active in agricultural and rural development can receive the following free of charge:

  • Spore magazine in the selected language
  • an account to order publications on CTA’s website. 

You can apply for a subscription and an account through the CTA website. Follow the link on the homepage and click on ‘Apply for a free subscription’. Alternatively you can request an application form by emailing or writing to:

CTA – Publications Distribution Service (PDS)
PO Box 173
6700 AD Wageningen
The Netherlands

Where There is No Vet 
by Bill Forse
ISBN 9780333588994 

As well as first aid, this book covers a wide range of topics affecting the health of livestock including advice on the care, feeding and handling of animals, and the use of traditional remedies, modern medicines and vaccines. Descriptions of diseases help readers to diagnose what is wrong with an animal and what to do about it, as well as to know when help from vets or skilled workers is needed. Routine treatments, assisting with births, dealing with emergencies and simple operations, are also covered. The book deals with cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys, camels, dogs, rabbits and poultry. Cost: £9.50 plus delivery charge. 

To order contact: 
PO Box 49
St Albans

Useful organisations and websites 

Practical Action’s Technical Enquiry Service

The Technical Enquiry Service aims to help individuals and organisations in developing countries by supplying technical support for their projects and initiatives. They try to supply information of direct relevance to the individual enquiry and will take into account the non-technical factors that might have a bearing on the use of the technology. Practical Action also have Spanish and Bengali sites.

You can submit an enquiry through the website or by contacting one of their regional offices: 

East Africa: PO Box 39493-00623, Nairobi, Kenya
Southern Africa: 4 Ludlow Road (off Enterprise Road), Newlands, Harare, Zimbabwe
South Asia: 5 Lionel Edirisinghe Mawatha, Kirulapone, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka
Sudan: PO Box 4172, Khartoum, Sudan
Nepal: House no 2677, Narayan Gopal Sadak, Maharajgunj, PO Box 15135, Kathmandu, Nepal
All other regions: The Schumacher Centre, Bourton on Dunsmore, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9QZ, United Kingdom

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The FAO aims ‘to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives’. There is a wealth of information about livestock on the FAO website, particularly on the publications pages, including case studies and statistics.
The website is also available in Spanish, French and Russian.