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From bamboo to black pepper, cacao to coconut and tea to taro―Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands provides detailed cultivation, value-added, and marketing information for 27 of the most important specialty crops for Pacific Islands and other tropical locations.
Specialty crops provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for innovative farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their products. The book provides insights into sustainable cultivation and processing techniques for local and export markets with an emphasis on innovating production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing.
Beautifully illustrated with over 940 color images, each chapter covers a crop in detail. Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands highlights producers from throughout the Pacific and shares their experience―both their challenges and successes.
From the publishers of Traditional Trees for Pacific Islands and Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands, this 576-page book promotes high-quality food, fiber, and healthcare crops grown in diverse agroforestry systems. The emphasis is on providing small farms with opportunities for local consumption and commercial sale.
Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands is a must-have reference book for farmers, gardeners, teachers, and extension agents in the Pacific and throughout the tropics who are interested in new economic opportunities from specialty crops. This is not a book that sits on the shelf, but is thumbed through again and again.
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Since 1989, Craig R. Elevitch has worked in agroforestry design, management, and education. His projects focus on agroforestry systems that have economic, environmental, and cultural significance. Craig's internationally recognized publications have guided thousands of readers in developing agroforestry systems, ecological restoration, and reforestation on farms, ranches, homegardens, and conservation areas. Publications include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), Growing Koa: A Hawaiian Legacy Tree (2003), The Overstory Book: Cultivating Connections with Trees (2004), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use (2006), and Pathways to Abundant Gardens: A Pictorial Guide to Successful Organic Growing (2007). Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011) is the result of four years of work by 40 authors from throughout the Pacific (see contents above for author names).Review:
This formidable array of information is a gold mine of great ideas and insights on how our agricultural and food systems can be more environmentally, economically, culturally, and nutritionally sustainable and adaptable to a changing island world. --Dr. R. R. Thaman, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
This book provides an enormous boost to the growing worldwide recognition of the crucial role these traditional crops can play in alleviation of ongoing malnutrition, poor health, poverty, environmental degradation, and social deprivation. --Dr. Roger R. B. Leakey, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
This book comes at an opportune time for Pacific Island countries exploring means of self-sufficiency through potentially high-value crops that meet both local needs and earn export income. For the enterprising cultivator, the book is comprehensive in its coverage and is beautifully illustrated. --Suliana Siwatibau, community development consultant, Suva, Fiji
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