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.
Fighting the Rat Problem Using New
Rats are well known
as the source of many illnesses, including bubonic plague.
In Mozambique as well as causing disease they eat people's
In programme nine we hear how a research project is developing
better ways of trapping rats in order to control the rat
population. An added benefit of trapping, rather than
poisoning, the rats is that they can then be eaten. Rats
are an important source of meat locally.
Alternatives to `Slash and Burn'
can be the best way to use land in some situations. There
are many places though where it poses problems since the
land is used too frequently for it to recover. In Bolivia,
settler farmers using slash and burn cultivation in the
rainforest are exhausting the land.
Programme ten looks at a research project which is developing
other, more sustainable, land use systems for them to
Trading Cocoa Fairly, Ecuador
Cocoa is an important
source of income for people living in and around the rainforest
Programme eleven looks at how a local NGO has introduced
a fair system for buying cocoa from local people. This
system allows them to get a more reliable income from
Training 'Barefoot Vets' to Treat
Village Animals, Indonesia
In Sulawesi, Eastern
Indonesia, there's a shortage of vets. Villagers find
it difficult to get their animals treated.
In programme twelve we hear how this problem is being
overcome through training local villagers. These 'barefoot
vets', or paravets, learn treatments for common complaints
suffered by local animals.