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Civil Society and the Aid Industry

by Alison van Rooy

Northern governments and NGOs are increasingly convinced that civil society will enable people in developing countries to escape the poverty trap. Civil Society and the Aid Industry, the product of extensive...


Child Slaves

by Peter Lee-Wright

In Portugal, 12-year-olds manufacture clothes destined for British chain-stores. In Brazil, children work more than nine hours a day glueing shoes for sale in the West. This book, based on research done with...


Crisis and Opportunity: Environment and Development in Africa

by Francois Falloux & Lee M Talbot

Winner of the Prix Pierre Chauleur of the French Academie des Sciences d'Outre-Mer

Until some way is found of dealing with Africa's catastrophic environmental crises none of the continent's other problems will...


Birth Without Doctors: Conversations with Traditional Midwives

by Jacqueline Vincent-Priya

Most women giving birth in rural communities throughout the Third World cannot enjoy the ''benefits'' of modern medical assistance. They are usually too expensive and too far away. This book is the result of...


Health and Environmental Impact Assessment: An Integrated Approach

by British Medical Association

This text shows why we need to develop an integrated approach to health and environmental impact assessment of development projects, and how this might be achieved. Case studies and examples are provided


Population and Strategies for National Sustainable Development: Population and Strategies for National Sustainable Development

The Politics of Population: Cairo 1994

by Stanley Johnson

The International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994 represented a remarkable watershed. Not only did it produce an unprecedented degree of agreement among the 179 countries and thousands...


Trees, People and Power

by Peter Utting

Behind the headlines about the loss of tropical forests in Latin America lies a complex and fascinating story of the social pressures which cause it. Trees, People and Power looks at the various groups, interests...


No Timber Without Trees: Sustainability in the Tropical Forest

by Duncan Poore

Much of the world's tropical timber is still supplied from natural forest, but under current systems of management the forests are rapidly becoming exhausted. Unless management practices change to become genuinely...


Controlling Tropical Deforestation

by Alan Grainger

Tropical rain forest is being cleared so rapidly and on such a scale that it is a major global environmental problem, threatening the survival of half of the world's plant and animal species and contributing...


Unwelcome Harvest: Agriculture and Pollution

by Gordon R. Conway & Jules N. Pretty

Agriculture Pollutes: pesticides can destroy wildlife and some are toxic to humans; some fungicides and herbicides cause cancer. Nitrates result in the contamination of drinking water and produce the risk of...


The Politics of Industrial Agriculture

by Tracey Clunies-Ross & Nicholas Hildyard

In the last forty years, agriculture in the industrialised countries has undergone a revolution. That has dramatically increased yields, but it has also led to extensive rural depopulation; widespread degradation...


After the Green Revolution: Sustainable Agriculture for Development

by Gordon R. Conway & Edward B. Barbier

'The Green Revolution' of the 60's and 70's produced immense gains in food cereal production in the Third World. But there are huge problems in the 'post-revolutionary' era: farmers with small or marginal holdings...


Saving the Seed: Genetic Diversity and European Agriculture

by Renee Vellve

Genetic diversity is essential to the security of agriculture. Without the availability of a wide range of plant varieties and the genetic resources they contain, crops cannot adapt to combat the ever-changing...


Asking the Earth: Farms, Forestry and Survival in India

by Winin Pereira & Jeremy Seabrook

The need to produce food without the destructive chemical horrors of much modern farming, for an intelligent use of dwindling natural resources and for humane forms of production is universal, the practice is...


Waterlogged Wealth: Why Waste the World's Wet Places?

by Edward Maltby

Don't drain the swamp! Man's traditional response to swamps, marshes and bogs has been to drain them. But wetlands are not wastelands. Coastal marshes are among the world's most productive ecosystems. They make...


The Threatening Desert: Controlling Desertification

by Alan Grainger

Lands lost to desert may effectively be lost for ever, so desertification is humanity's most obvious despoliation to the planet. It is certainly one of the most serious environmental problems facing the world...


Richer Futures: Fashioning a New Politics

by Ken Worpole

In all aspects of our lives - housing, education, food and health, transport, the quality and diversity of our environment - public policy is attracting criticism. In the face of unchecked and unregulated market...


Genes from the Wild: Using Wild Genetic Resources for Food and Raw Materials

by Robert Prescott-Allen & Christine Prescott-Allen

Tomatoes could not be grown commercially without the help of their wild relatives. A single wild species of rice has helped double rice production in Asia. Wild silk-worms are enabling India to expand its silk...


Last Flight

by Amelia Earhart

Earhart's account of her ill-fated last flight around the world, begun in 1937, remains one of the most moving and absorbing adventure stories of all time. Compiled here are dispatches, letters, diary entries...