Outreach education packs

There is a set of three useful Outreach packs on Genetic Diversity and Food Crops with a total of over 200 pages. These packs are available free-of-charge to ‘multipliers’ in the Outreach network. Multipliers include newspaper journalists, radio broadcasters, community workers, representatives of NGOs, teacher trainers, curriculum developers and others involved in educating children in third world countries about environmental and health issues. If you would like to apply to join the Network, please write, explaining how you would use the materials, to:

TVE USA, PO Box 820, Shelburne, VT 05482, USA.

The Mediator

This is a magazine which aims to encourage peace in Africa through building up the churches’ ministry of healing and reconciliation. It has useful and challenging articles for church leaders, youth and community leaders and anyone interested in promoting peace and reconciliation. It is published in English, French and Kiswahili. It is produced every three months. For subscriptions please write to:

The Mediator – Subscriptions, c/o MAP International – ESA, PO Box 21663, Nairobi, Kenya.

MIDP technical manual

This manual details the components and methodologies of the MIDP (which are summarised on pages 8–9 of this issue). It contains technical information on good stewardship of the environment and in particular the benefits of encouraging tree growth which is likely to be appropriate for most of West Africa and similar climatic regions elsewhere. It is available in English, French and Hausa. Write to:

MIDP –SIM, BP 121, Maradi, Niger.

Setting up community health programmes by Dr Ted Lankester

2nd Edition 2000

This excellent book is written primarily for field workers but is also useful for planners, managers and course organisers. It is a practical manual for use in developing countries covering the full range of community health topics, in simple English with many illustrations. The book is available at a special price of £6 (including postage) to Footsteps readers only and is highly recommended. It is available from:

Community Health Book Offer, PO Box 200, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4WQ, UK. E-mail:

Practique d’elevage de poulets

This is a practical manual about raising chickens produced by Peace Corps in Morocco. It is full of illustrations and practical low-cost tips for improving chicken husbandry. It is available only in French and Arabic. Peace Corps are offering free copies to Footsteps readers who can make good use of it. Please contact:

Peace Corps (IRC), 1 Rue Benzerte, Rabat, Morocco.

Training in faith and community health

For more than 50 years our seminary trained hundreds of pastors to work in the rural areas of Peru. However they often struggled to help people with issues concerning their health and development. Our seminary in Lima, Peru, has now converted to become a university (Universidad de Peruana Unión) with a new degree combining theology and community health education. For further information please contact:

Juan Choque Fernández, Associate Professor, Universidad de Peruana Unión, Lima, Peru. E-mail:

Training for development workers

Le pont in Togo provide regular training courses in French aimed at development workers, NGO members, village committees and counsellors. The training includes project management, negotiation, conflict resolution, women and development, and sustainable development.

The fees are heavily subsidised by charities but each application must be from someone working with a specific development project – not from individuals. For further information contact:

Le pont, BP 2273, Lomé, Togo. Fax: +228 21 19 60

Diversity not Adversity

IIED has some new publications on the subject of biodiversity. Diversity not Adversity looks at the issue of biodiversity and explores ways for the poor to benefit from preserving biodiversity. The paper is targeted at development agencies, NGOS and companies and explores the issue of biodiversity in depth It is beautifully illustrated. A companion book, Living off Biodiversity, considers how to combine different livelihoods with preserving biodiversity. Please contact:

IIED Bookshop, 3 Endsleigh St, London, WC1H 0DD, UK.
E-mail: Website:

Les Enjeux Internationaux du Compostage by Bernard K Martin

This book looks at the problems of erosion and desertification, and asks what are the basic conditions that plants need in order to be productive? Recycling organic matter is an essential technique for growing vegetables but also a means of influencing the climate, biodiversity, famine, drought and human migration. The author has experience in Ethiopia and Haiti and is a compost adviser. It is available only in French from:

SPE, 6 Rue St-Ours, 1205 Genève, Switzerland or: SECAAR, 06 BP 2037, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Trees and multistorey agriculture in Africa by H Dupriez and P De Leener

This is an excellent book, full of practical information and ideas. It has 280 pages with many illustrations and drawings. The first part of the book discusses in full the relationships between people and the way they plant and use trees. The second part looks at the many possibilities and methods of multi-storey agriculture.

Free copies may be available to members of the Publications Distribution Service (PDS) from CTA (see Agrodok box on right).

Copies are available from the following address:

Terres et Vie, Rue Laurent Delvaux, 13, B-1400 Nivelles, Belgium.
Tel: +32 67217149
Fax: +32 67217149 E-mail:

Free newsletters and journals

The fourth edition of Free Newsletters and Journals from Healthlink Worldwide gives details of 145 international newsletters, magazines and journals relating to health and disability issues which are available free or at low cost to readers in developing countries. Also listed are 22 newsletters and journals available on subscription.

This resource list is a valuable networking tool for learning about the activities of other organisations. A brief description of each publication is given together with their address and internet contacts. The publication costs £5 (US $10) including postage. Single copies are available free to readers in developing countries. Write to

Healthlink Worldwide, Cityside, 40 Adler Street, London, E1 1EE, UK E-mail:

The Agrodok series

This is a series of over 30 practical publications on small-scale sustainable agriculture. The series is published by Agromisa Foundation – a knowledge centre for small-scale and sustainable agriculture in the tropics. The books are aimed at people who work directly with the smallscale farmers in the South.

For a complete list of Agrodoks write to Agromisa. Here are a selection of their publications available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Preparation and use of compost (No 8) Composting methods, materials, liquid manure.

Vegetable gardening in the tropics (No 9) Vegetables, small-scale crops, cultivation, garden tools.

Small-scale poultry production in the tropics (No 4) Layers, broilers, housing, breeding, nutrition, health care.

Hatching eggs by hens or in an incubator (No 34) Artificial incubation, construction of incubators, improved natural hatching.

Storage of tropical agricultural products (No 31) Storage methods, dry seeds, oily seeds, root crops. Write to:

Agromisa Foundation, PO Box 41, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Fax: +31 317 419 178

Agrodok publications are available free of charge for members of the Publications Distribution Service (PDS) of CTA. Membership is open to inhabitants of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, working in the field of agriculture or rural development. For an application form, write to:


CTA, PO Box 380, 6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands.