Tools and Machinery for the Smallholder

An Essential Guide to Their Use and Maintenance
Author: John Bezzant
Publisher: Crowood Press
ISBN: 9781847972361
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
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A wide range of tools and equipment, from compact tractors to chainsaws and from winches to torque wrenches, are employed on today's productive and efficiently organized smallholdings. There are few publications that provide the smallholder with comprehensive, technical, and maintenance information and this well-illustrated book helps to fill a gap.

Save and Grow

A Policymaker's Guide to Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Crop Production
Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
ISBN: 9251068712
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 112
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The book offers a rich toolkit of relevant, adoptable ecosystem-based practices that can help the world's 500 million smallholder farm families achieve higher productivity, profitability and resource-use efficiency while enhancing natural capital.

Buildings, Machinery and Tools for a Smallholding - With Information on Economics, Maintenance and Equipment Needed for a Small Farm


Author: J. O. Baker
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473354161
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 30
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This antique text contains a guide to the various buildings, machinery and tools that are found on a small farm. It provides information on economics and maintenance, as well as the equipment required for profitable and productive business. Including simple, concise descriptions, helpful diagrams, comments on usage, and much more besides, this text will prove invaluable to the novice farmer, and makes for a valuable addition to collections agricultural literature. Although old, much of the information contained herein is timeless. The chapters of this book include: 'What is necessary and What is Economic to Invest In', 'Hand Tools', 'Hand tools for The Land', 'Hand Tools for The Workshop', 'Hand-propelled Equipment', 'Horse and Pony-Drawn Equipment', 'Auto-Culto, ''B-M-B''', 'Other Mechanical Units', 'Buildings', etcetera. We are proud to republish this vintage volume, now complete with a new introduction on agricultural tools and machinery.

Addressing the Challenges Facing Agricultural Mechanization Input Supply and Farm Product Processing

Proceedings of an FAO Workshop Held at the CIGR World Congress on Agricultural Engineering
Author: Brian G. Sims
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
ISBN: 9789251057841
Category: Farm mechanization
Page: 71
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FAO is a global knowledge broker for the agri-food industry, including technologies for production and processing. In particular, the Agro-Industries Programme of FAO is increasingly tending to focus on appropriate input supply, innovation and value chain development. Improvements in these areas have the potential to sustain and improve livelihoods and well-being at whatever scale and in whatever region of the world. Within the World Congress on "Agricultural Engineering for a Better World", as a preparation for the challenges of the twenty-first century, FAO conducted two workshops. The first targeted the subject of "challenges for agricultural mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa", and the second focused on "using technology to add value and increase quality". This report contains the results of the Congress, and encourages both readers and decision-makers to consider the important role of engineering technologies for development and, indeed, for a better world. (Also available in French and Spanish)

HIRE SERVICES AS A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

A TRAINING MANUAL FOR SMALL-SCALE MECHANIZATION SERVICE PROVIDERS
Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
ISBN: 9251305137
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 142
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This manual is specifically designed to help train actual and potential farm mechanization service providers, in order to increase access to sustainable farm power to raise the productivity of smallholder farmers. It focuses on two crucial aspects: the provision of farm mechanization services as a viable business opportunity for entrepreneurs, and the essential criteria of raising productivity in an environmentally sensitive and responsible way i.e. that includes conservation agriculture. Practical guidance on the essential business development and management skills required to successfully run a mechanization service provision business are presented, with a focus on the equipment required to offer services compatible with conservation agriculture. The manual will be of particular interest to policymakers’ intent on achieving sustainable intensification in the agricultural sector. It is also a valuable resource for trainers charged with increasing the supply of well-trained and well-equipped entrepreneurial mechanization service providers through the implementation of training courses tailored to the specific course locations.

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems


Author: N.A
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080931391
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 464
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Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Second Edition addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face. Questions it addresses include: Will we be able to produce enough food to meet the increasing dietary needs and wants of the additional two billion people expected to inhabit our planet by 2050? Will we be able to meet the need for so much more food while simultaneously reducing adverse environmental effects of today’s agriculture practices? Will we be able to produce the additional food using less land and water than we use now? These are among the most important challenges that face our planet in the coming decades. The broad themes of food systems and people, agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems are covered in more than 200 separate chapters of this work. The book provides information that serves as the foundation for discussion of the food and environment challenges of the world. An international group of highly respected authors addresses these issues from a global perspective and provides the background, references, and linkages for further exploration of each of topics of this comprehensive work. Addresses important challenges of sustainability and efficiency from a global perspective. Takes a detailed look at the important issues affecting the agricultural and food industries today. Full colour throughout.

Agricultural Mechanization and Automation - Volume I


Author: Paul McNulty,Patrick M. Grace
Publisher: EOLSS Publications
ISBN: 1848260962
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 518
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Agricultural Mechanization and Automation is a component of Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. The mechanization of farming practices throughout the world has revolutionized food production, enabling it to maintain pace with population growth except in some less-developed countries, most notably in Africa. Agricultural mechanization has involved the partial or full replacement of human energy and animal-powered equipment (e.g. plows, seeders and harvesters) by engine-driven equipment. The theme on Agricultural Mechanization and Automation cover six main topics: Technology and Power in Agriculture; Farm Machinery; Facilities and Equipment for Livestock Management; Environmental Monitoring; Recovery and Use of Wastes and by-Products; Slaughtering and Processing of Livestock, which are then expanded into multiple subtopics, each as a chapter. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

Climate Change Mitigation and Agriculture


Author: Eva Wollenberg,Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom,Maryanne Grieg-Gran,Alison Nihart
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136503447
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 456
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This book reviews the state of agricultural climate change mitigation globally, with a focus on identifying the feasibility, opportunities and challenges for achieving mitigation among smallholder farmers. The purpose is ultimately to accelerate efforts towards mitigating land-based climate change. While much attention has been focused on forestry for its reputed cost-effectiveness, the agricultural sector contributes about ten to twelve per cent of emissions and has a large technical and economic potential for reducing greenhouse gases. The book does not dwell on the science of emissions reduction, as this is well covered elsewhere; rather, it focuses on the design and practical implementation of mitigation activities through changing farming systems. Climate Change Mitigation and Agriculture includes chapters about experiences in developed countries, such as Canada and Australia, where these efforts also have lessons for mitigation options for smallholders in poorer nations, as well as industrialising countries such as Brazil and China. A wide range of agroecological zones and of aspects or types of farming, including livestock, crops, fish farming, fertilizer use and agroforestry, as well as economics and finance, is included. The volume presents a synthesis of current knowledge and research activities on this emerging subject. Together the chapters capture an exciting period in the development of land-based climate change mitigation as attention is increasingly focused on agriculture's role in contributing to climate change.

Hire Services by Farmers for Farmers


Author: B. G. Sims,Alexandra Röttger,Saidi Mkomwa
Publisher: FAO Diversification Booklets
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 83
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Hire services have the potential of providing improved livelihoods to small-scale farmers the world over. These services cab reduce drudgery, expand or intensify crop production, contributing to food security, reduce production, post-harvest and marketing costs and increase smallholder incomes. This booklet is intended to raise awareness and promote hire services as a viable smallholder enterprise among policy-makers, development specialists and others involved in development programmes.

Smallholding Manual

The Complete Step-By-Step Guide
Author: Liz Shankland
Publisher: Haynes Manuals
ISBN: 9780857332257
Category: Agriculture
Page: 176
View: 1992

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by Liz Shankland Smallholdings are a popular way to increase self-sufficiency, and come in many shapes and sizes. Many people choose to keep a smallholding in order to downshift to a calmer pace of life, and to ensure that their produce is healthy and fresh. From larger smallholdings with livestock to simply growing fruit and veg on a plot of land, this manual provides comprehensive advice on every aspect of the process. Even for the experienced smallholder, information about being wildlife-friendly and money-making ensure that this is an essential investment for the future of your smallholding. The information is presented with clear, pictorial step-by-step guides to help make the most of smallholdings of every size and age.

Tools for agriculture

a guide to appropriate equipment for smallholder farmers
Author: Intermediate Technology Development Group,Ian Carruthers,Groupe de recherche et d'échanges technologiques
Publisher: Intermediate Technology
ISBN: 9781853391002
Category: Social Science
Page: 238
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Tools for Agriculture" is a guide to small-scale farming equipment which offers information to smallholder farmers, development workers, and manufacturers all over the world. This revised and updated fourth edition, appearing 25 years after ITDG's original published guide to appropriate equipment, "Tools for Progress", is the first to be produced from a computer database, compiled jointlyw ith GRET to enable systematic and continuous updating. Information has been selected from more than 1200 manufacturers in over 90 countries, and is presented here in ten sections for ease of reference. Each subject area - field power, soil preparation, crop protection - is introduced by a specialist who sets the range of available tools, implements and machines against a background of good farming practice, and the factors to weigh up when making a choice. The theme of effective choice is also considered in the main introduction along with an analysis of why some mechanization projects are more successful than others and how they could be improved. Also included are sources of further information and useful indexes of manufactuers and equipment.

Appropriate technology sourcebook

a guide to practical books for village and small community technology
Author: Ken Darrow,Mike Saxenian,Volunteers in Asia, inc. Appropriate Technology Project
Publisher: Volunteers in Asia
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 800
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The APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY SOURCEBOOK is your complete & up-to-date guide to sustainable living. Since 1975, the AT SOURCEBOOK has been the standard reference for people interested in simple, small scale, sustainable technologies. The AT SOURCEBOOK catalogues & reviews over 1000 of the most useful books to help you do-it-yourself. The AT SOURCEBOOK can help you design a solar greenhouse or water heater, start an organic farm, set up a woodcraft shop, & even equip your home with an independent, environmentally friendly energy system such as photovoltaics, wind energy or small hydro power. The AT SOURCEBOOK also serves as a fully indexed & annotated guide to the Appropriate Technology Microfiche Library, which includes 1000 books in their entirety in microfiche form. Order from: Appropriate Technology Institute, W11O Engineering Research Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. Phone: (800) 648-8043, FAX: 970-491-2729.

School grounds

a guide to good practice
Author: Great Britain. Dept. for Education and Employment. Architects and Building Branch
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 136
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