Resource Pointer #145
October 16, 1997
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Oryza Nirvana? An NGO Review of the International Rice
Research Institute (IRRI) in Southeast Asia, 1997.*
Nicanor Perlas and Renee Vellve. Examines IRRI's history
and research since 1960s, with focus on providing a
critique of whether the institution has adequately
changed to serve the needs of small farmers and rural
poor. Discusses IRRI's organizational structure,
outreach, policy and agenda, and finds that guiding
principles and leadership remain within Green Revolution
paradigm. Concludes that IRRI is misguided and a waste
of money because its primary purpose -- producing more
rice to feed more people -- does not address issues of
inequity and injustice. 181 pp. US$10 (US$8 within Asia;
Php$150,000). Southeast Asia Regional Institute for
Community Education (SEARICE), 83 Madasalin Street,
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, 1101, Philippines; phone
(63-2) 924-7544; fax (63-2) 921-7453;
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Agroecology: Ecological Processes in Sustainable
Agriculture, 1998.* Stephen Gliessman. Examines
agroecological principles and theories in textbook-
format for students at introductory and more advanced
levels. Provides overview of plant ecology, nutrition,
photosynthesis and environmental factors, and examines
system-level phenomena in agriculture such as population
processes, genetic resources, diversity and energy use.
Provides case studies on several subjects, including
soil management, intercropping, cover cropping, raised-
field systems in Mexico and Hopi agriculture. 357 pp.
US$49.95. Ann Arbor Press, 121 South Main Street,
Chelsea, MI 48118; phone (313) 475-8787; fax (313) 475-
*Agroecologia: Bases Cientificas para una Agricultura
Sustentable, 1997 (3rd edition). (Spanish). Describes
agroecological methods and concepts, including
polycultures, agroforestry, pest management and soil
improvement. Examines interactions among climate, soil,
water, crops and pests. Focuses on how to build
productive agroecosystems using healthful and
environmentally-sound methods. 249 pp. US$25. University
of California Berkeley, 201 Wellman, Berkeley, CA 94720;
phone (510) 642-9802; fax (510) 642-0875; email
*Rural Finance for Food Security for the Poor: Implications
for Research and Policy, 1997.* Manfred Zeller, et.al.
Investigates how food security of rural poor can be improved
through redirecting financial services to stabilize farm
income. Examines saving and borrowing behavior of food-
insecure poor and discusses innovative rural finance.
Recommends improving rural poor's access to credit, savings
and insurance, and outlines policies to accomplish this. 139
pp. US$4.50. International Food Policy Research Institute,
1200 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-3006; phone (202)
862-8125; fax (202) 467-4439; email email@example.com.
*Rural Sociology, Spring 1997, Volume 62, Number 1.* Rural
Sociological Society. Spring issue includes study of
Minnesota family farms that are transitioning from
conventional to sustainable agriculture. The study examines
differences between men's and women's experiences and
participation in sustainable agriculture movement, and
describes factors that influence quality of life on these
farms for men and women. Spring issue also includes study
that investigates how Illinois farmers define success in
farming, finding four general outlooks that seem to be
associated with life stage. Back issues available for US$20.
The Rural Sociological Society, Department of Sociology, RM
5120 Arntzen Hall, Western Washington University, Bellingham,
WA 98225-9081; phone (360) 650-7571.
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