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Animal Power in Farming Systems

Paul Starkey, Fadel NdiamÄ, Editors

The experiences and lessons of the Second Networkshop of the West Africa Animal Traction Network are well presented in this comprehensive volume. This meeting took place in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 1986. This publication represents an important collection of experiences to date with animal traction in six West African countries (Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Togo).

The participants evaluated and described their extensive experience with animal traction through 34 prepared papers (12 in French, 22 in English). Representing 20 countries, they included specialists in agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, anthropology, economics, extension, sociology, soil science and veterinary science. Throughout these carefully edited proceedings run the themes of the diversity of experience, the complexity of the farming systems and the desirability of greater information exchange.

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This monograph reports on a novel and practical way to control Newcastle disease. A food pellet has been developed which contains the V4 Newcastle disease virus, a non pathogenic, heat resistant virus which which shows great potential to dramatically improve village chicken production in tropical and developing countries.

The papers included in the publication were presented at a workshop held in Kuala Lumpur in March 1987. The main contributors to this research are researchers at the University of Queensland of Australia and the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia.

Included in the book are reports from Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, on the importance of village chicken production in each country, and the impact of Newcastle disease on village chickens. References and names of participants to the Kuala Lumpur workshop also appear in the book.

If the Newcastle disease is controlled by the pellet vaccine, the production of low-cost village chickens may increase. Unlike many other overseas aid programs, this one may be successful in helping the targeted people. This monograph is therefore essential reading for all those interested in working in developing countries.

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