In the Field is a 12 part series which looks at innovative
ways of improving the livelihoods of poor people from
around the world through sustainable management of the
The programmes in the series demonstrate how success has
been achieved through the active participation of local
A set of notes to go with the series is available
free of charge by writing to or e-mailing: World
Learning, Bush House, BBC, London. These notes
are also available on the NRI website: In
the Field notes. Also see the Livelihoods
Connect site for further information.
The Buabeng - Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Ghana
Forests, and the wild animals that
live in them are very important to local people, for both
practical and spiritual reasons.
Programme one looks at a local schoolteacher's initiative
to protect one of the remaining patches of forest in the
`Transitional Zone' of Ghana, and the monkeys who live
Tree Pods - a New Way of Feeding Goats, India
Goats haven't received
as much attention as they deserve. They are vital to people's
livelihoods in many parts of the world.
Programme two looks at research into new ways to feed
goats. Better feeding systems allow poor people to sell
the goats faster to gain greater income and provide more
milk for the family.
The Need for Agricultural Land in the City, Ghana
Many towns and cities
around the world have agricultural land. This land allows
poor inhabitants to increase their income. However there
is keen competition for land in the city because it is
valuable for building.
Programme three looks at land that is cultivated in the
city of Kumasi in Ghana. Here a system of participatory
planning has been introduced involving chiefs as well
as ordinary citizens. It is hoped that as a result of
this planning poor people will continue to have access
Off the Pesticides Treadmill, India
The cotton crop is an
important part of the Indian economy. Cotton is also easily
attacked by insects. In India cotton farmers have started
to use more and stronger insecticides. These insecticides
are both expensive and dangerous to health.
Programme four finds out about a research project which
is developing ways of controlling insects which use as
little insecticide as possible. The project uses techniques
like `scouting' for pests.
`In the Field' welcomes your comments and queries.
from NRI: Dr.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich,
Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TB
Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary programme
draws on a project funded by the UK Higher Education Funding
Council led by Paul Sarfo-Mensah of the Natural Resource
Institute, University of Greenwich and was made through
programme on feeding tree pods to goats, India
draws on a project funded by the UK Department for
International Development Livestock Research Programme
led by Czech Conroy of the NRI, and was made through his
programme on the need for agricultural land in Kumasi,
Ghana draws on a project funded by the UK Department
for International Development Natural Resources System
Programme Peri-Urban Interface led by Martin Adam of the
NRI. The programme was made through the collaboration
of Judith Pender of the Natural Resources Institute
programme on stepping off the pesticides treadmill in
India draws on a project funded by the UK Department
for International Development Crop Protection Research
Programme led by Dr. Derek Russell of the NRI, and was
made through his collaboration.