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The contributions to this collection focus on the intersecting dynamics of gender, generation and class in Southeast Asian rural communities engaging with expanding capitalist relations, whether in the form of large-scale corporate land acquisition or other forms of penetration of commodity economy. Gender, and especially generation, are relatively neglected dimensions in the literature on agrarian and environmental transformations in Southeast Asia. Drawing on key concepts in gender studies, youth studies and agrarian studies, the chapters mark a significant step towards a gendered and 'generationed' analysis of capitalist expansion in rural Southeast Asia, in particular from a political ecology perspective. The collection highlights the importance of bringing gender and generation, in their interaction with class dynamics, more squarely into agrarian and environmental transformation studies. This is key to understanding the implications of capitalist expansion for social relations of power and justice, and the potential of these relations to shape the outcomes for different women and men, younger and older, in rural society. The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of The Journal of Peasant Studies.
Oil palm is widely cultivated in tropical countries for use in food processing, personal care products and other applications such as biodiesel. Cultivation faces a range of challenges such as its environmental impact (e.g. in deforestation and biodiversity loss) as well threats from pests and diseases. There is an urgent need to make oil palm cultivation more efficient and environmentally sustainable. This collection reviews the key research addressing this challenge. Volume 1 begins by reviewing trends in production and key challenges facing the sector. Part 2 focusses on developments in understanding oil palm physiology, genetics and genetic diversity and their application to improved breeding techniques. The final part of the book discusses developments in cultivation practices. With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this collection will be a standard reference for researchers, oil palm growers, palm oil processors as well as government and non-governmental agencies responsible for more sustainable oil palm cultivation. Volume 1 is accompanied by Volume 2 which covers pests and diseases, quality and sustainability issues
Exotic Fruits Reference Guide is the ultimate, most complete reference work on exotic fruits from around the world. The book focuses on exotic fruit origin, botanical aspects, cultivation and harvest, physiology and biochemistry, chemical composition and nutritional value, including phenolics and antioxidant compounds. This guide is in four-color and contains images of the fruits, in addition to their regional names and geographical locations. Harvest and post-harvest conservation, as well as the potential for industrialization, are also presented as a way of stimulating interest in consumption and large scale production.
Projected global population increase and the impacts of climate change on agriculture highlight the importance of the use of improved crop varieties coupled with better soil, water and fertilizer management practices designed to protect the natural resource base. This publication is the outcome of a coordinated research project (CRP) and focuses on the practical application of nuclear and related techniques, such as mutation induction and the use of stable isotopes of nitrogen [N-15] and carbon [C-13]. The use of such techniques can improve crop productivity with mutant varieties and best-fit soil management practices in diverse agroecological zones affected by drought, high temperatures, water scarcity, soil acidity and soil salinity. The findings of the CRP will be highly valuable to agricultural scientists and laboratory technicians of national agricultural research organizations in Member States as a resource for improving soil and crop productivity.
The Competitiveness of Tropical Agriculture: A Guide to Competitive Potential with Case Studies describes and synthesizes existing methodologies for evaluating competitiveness in agriculture, introduces extensions and refinements, and provides a novel approach based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. As exports of tropical fruit, nuts, and other high-value crops have been growing very rapidly from developing countries, but often encounter serious obstacles in their value chains, this book demonstrates how national agricultural policy is oftentimes not guided by considerations of inherent competitiveness. In addition, the book presents case studies that illustrate the application of these approaches using quantitative frameworks. A concluding chapter introduces policy considerations for competitiveness from work in Jordan, Colombia, Estonia, Peru, and elsewhere, also discussing the role of specific policies in raising competitiveness sustainably and its role in reducing rural poverty.
Our goal is to provide a wide treatment of animal husbandry topics with a readable resource addressing from genetics, through reproductive behavior, animal health, and wellbeing, up to ecosystem dynamics as affected by human activity. The broad theme of the book is aimed at veterinary and agronomy professionals most likely involved in field settings. Evolving technological advances in animal science, related disciplines, as well as changing climate and market conditions (among other factors), increases the need for permanent education for professionals working in the field and advanced university and technical students. The following audiences may benefit from this resource: Students in professional veterinary medical education programs; Students in agronomy education programs; Clinical veterinary pathologists in tropical settings; Product development and commercialization teams working towards tropical rural areas. Animal Husbandry in the Tropics is organized into five sections:A. Genetics . Presents a relevant genetics framework. The genetic architecture of climatic adaptation of tropical cattle: The authors explored the genetic architecture of ten traits of tropical cattle production using genome-wide association studies of different crosses of taurine x indicine cattle. The study is conducted on the background of current and future expansion of some tropical conditions from the tropics to temperate environments, which potentially could affect negatively our planet's livestock health and production. Worldwide patterns of ancestry, divergence, and admixture in domesticated cattle: The authors studied groups of Asian indicine, Eurasian taurine, and African taurine cattle breeds, in an attempt to characterize and explore the modern makeup of bovine genomic variation and phylogenetic networks. Selection signatures in worldwide sheep populations: The authors explore the worldwide diversity of sheep populations by studying the response of genomes to selection. Anchoring on the recent Sheep -HapMap dataset they discover the wide genome response to selection on morphology, color, and adaptation to new environments. B. Breeding and Reproduction . Presents a compilation of issues related to common and other innovative approaches to domestic animal's reproductive behavior and management. Gamete therapeutics: recombinant protein adsorption by sperm for increasing fertility via artificial insemination: In order to tackle the essential preservation of fertility in cattle, this research group studies the effect of addition of specialized recombinant proteins previous to cryopreservation of sperm for artificial insemination of crossbred (Bos taurus x Bos indicus) heifers in a tropical environment. Periconceptional Heat Stress of Holstein Dams Is Associated with Differences in Daughter Milk Production during Their First Lactation: Studied whether Holstein dairy replacement heifers conceived under heat stress induce long-lasting effects on their milking capacity. The authors researched herds in hot, humid summers at Georgia, Florida or Texas states in the US. How Rainfall Variation Influences Reproductive Patterns of African Savanna Ungulates in an Equatorial Region Where Photoperiod Variation Is Absent : This study focus on the breeding cycles of ungulate populations (topi, warthog, hartebeest and impala) in a Kenya region characterized with ample year-long rainfall variations. They discuss the survival strategies of these species in such challenging conditions. Achieving Body Weight Adjustments for Feeding Status and Pregnant or Non-Pregnant Condition in Beef Cows: Studied the energy costs of the reproductive (gestational and lactation stages) status in beef cow herds with emphasis on developing and tropical regions. The influence of separation distance during the preconditioning period of the male effect approach on reproductive performance in sheep: Studied how female-male separation distance during preconditioning of ewes affect herd estrous synchronization, pregnancy rates, and prolificacy. C. Nutrition and Physiology . Presents an overview of some aspects of energy, nutrient and water economy of domestic and large wild ruminant mammals. The Role of Individual Traits and Environmental Factors for Diet Composition of Sheep: Studied which factors determine the composition of the diet in grazing sheep. They based their research on individual traits, foraging preferences and pasture availability linked to environmental variables. Application of Overall Dynamic Body Acceleration as a Proxy for Estimating the Energy Expenditure of Grazing Farm Animals: Relationship with Heart Rate: Bring a novel system of body acceleration monitoring to study energy expenditure in grazing cattle, goats and sheep. They explore the potential of Overall Dynamic Body Acceleration as an indirect measure of heart rate and as a proxy of activity-specific energy expenditure. Potential Foraging Decisions by a Desert Ungulate to Balance Water and Nutrient Intake in a Water-Stressed Environment: The authors studied desert bighorn sheep populations and how they manage their physiological utilization of water and how it related to diet habits and supplemental water consumption. D. Animal Health and Welfare . Is a compilation of articles stressing the importance of some critical concerns in pathogens and pests common to several tropical settings (some of them of zoonotic nature), posing a potential risk not only to domestic herds and wildlife but also to human populations. The research studies are: Prevalence of bovine tuberculosis and risk factor assessment in cattle in rural livestock areas of Govuro District in the Southeast of Mozambique; How Farm Animals React and Perceive Stressful Situations Such As Handling, Restraint, and Transport; Candidate Gene Approach for Parasite Resistance in Sheep - Variation in Immune Pathway Genes and Association with Fecal Egg Count; Identification of Novel Loci Associated with Gastrointestinal Parasite Resistance in a Red Maasai x Dorper Backcross Population; Knowledge of Bovine Tuberculosis, Cattle Husbandry and Dairy Practices amongst Pastoralists and Small-Scale Dairy Farmers in Cameroon; and Ectoparasites of sheep in three agro-ecological zones in central Oromia, Ethiopia E. Miscellaneous Animal Husbandry . Dynamics of Cattle Production in Brazil: Brings an example of territorial trends of livestock in a huge territory which includes tropical, arid steppe and subtropical lands. It is our wish that readers not only learn or deepen on principles of animal husbandry but moreover renew and actualize their awareness in broad concepts and new findings on animal science and animal ecosystems.
First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.