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Trees of Idomaland

Fostering community entrepreneurship in clean yam seed production


Sierra Leone Misean Cara report Jan 2018

Who Brings Trees Brings Life

Who Brings Trees Brings life-1The trees of Igala have much to communicate, need a voice, and to find expression on behalf of trees elsewhere. Becoming more and more aware of the declining soils, tree cutting and climatic changes, it is hoped that the information about these trees is now recorded and celebrated for their multiplicity of uses. As agroforestry comes more into the limelight this book highlights their versatility and uses so they can become friends of crops and those who toil with them.

Who Brings Trees Brings Life highlights the profundity of the lives of Igalas, including their worship, their relationships, health, food and livelihoods. It also illustrates once more the wholeness of traditional society, demonstrating it not as something static, but rather a dynamic institution that slowly but organically accommodated new tree species and ideas.

The purpose of the book is to show the Igala people’s engagement with trees and were selected by Igalas, showing their vast knowledge and understanding of each species. It also aims to demonstrate to anyone who lives with trees their value as part of the natural fabric of life and how important it is to protect and cherish them.

Developing On-Farm Research

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Development is a complex issue, necessitating a multi-disciplinary approach to practical and philosophical problems. This book explores the slow and painstaking processes of development essential to the preservation of the integrity of a rural community in the Third World.

On-Farm research through active participation of the indigenous population is a means of overcoming the problems of famine. The obstacles to progress are identified and solutions, through the adaptation of modern technology to traditional institutions and farming systems, are proposed.

The authors’ vast experience in dealing with rural communities in Nigeria will lead to a greater understanding of the sensitivity required in pioneering the invention process. For the student or any organisation facing the challenge of Third World Development this book is essential reading.




Developing Financial Services

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Manu people concerned with development believe that provision of adequate financial services (credit and savings) can contribute to the alleviation of poverty in both the developed and developing worlds. As the provision of financial services can generate revenue, donors place more emphasis on self-sufficiency to eventually remove the need for external funding.

This book examines the role of indigenous institutions in provision of financial services, and analyses how one organisation, using creativity and sensitivity, mobilised these institutions for development needs. There are many lessons to be learned by all involved, particularly in relation to the drive for self-sufficiency promoted by donors. The insights provided are invaluable to those committed to providing financial services as part of development.