Book on tropical crops

A new reference book dedicated to crop production in tropical Africa has been launched in Brussels by the Belgian state secretary for development co-operation. A team of 75 national and international agronomists participated in the project, contributing their knowledge about food and industrial crop production in tropical Africa.
The first A new reference book dedicated to crop production in tropical Africa has been launched in Brussels by the Belgian state secretary for development co-operation. A team of 75 national and international agronomists participated in the project, contributing their knowledge about food and industrial crop production in tropical Africa.
The first part of the book “Crop Production in Tropical Africa” is about food, beverage, and medicinal crops found in tropical Africa, as well as timber and rubber production. The second part consists of country-specific information on nations in west, central, eastern and southern Africa that are situated in the tropics, and offers a general description of their agriculture. Industrial crops are discussed for the interest of large-scale producers as well as small-scale farmers eager to find a source of supplementary revenue. Importance is accorded to food crops in general, and vegetables and fruits in particular. Agroforestry is included to contribute towards achieving a more sustainable African agriculture.
The book also discusses crops which may not be of interest to large industrial producers, but which are essential for the development of farmers in the south. In addition to small and industrial farmers, the book is targeted for use in African universities and institutions.
“Crop Production in Tropical Africa” is being distributed in both French and English illustrated editions by Belgian embassies and cooperation offices throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Contact: luc.sas@diplobel.fed.be
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