New books – August 2009

Just in time for your summer reading, here is a selection of new book titles included in our library collection:

Fanton, M.; Fanton, J. 1993. The seed savers’ handbook. Byron Bay (Australia): Seed Savers’ Network. 176 p., ill. ISBN: 0-646-10226-5.

The founders of Australia’s Seed Savers’ Network show how gardeners can protect our global food heritage – and eat it too.  The seeds and growth cycles of 117 vegetables, culinary herbs and edible flowers are described in detail.

Call no: 631.53 F11

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Kontolean, A.; Pascual. U.; Swanson, T. (eds.) 2007. Biodiversity economics. Cambridge (UK): CUP. xxv, 664 p. ISBN: 978-0-521-86683-5.

The field of biodiversity economics analyses the socio-economic causes of and solutions to biodiversity loss by combining the disciplines of economics, ecology and biology. This book presents a series of papers that show how bio-economic analysis can be applied to the examination and evaluation of the problem of various forms of biodiversity loss.

Call No:    574.1 K79

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Hess, C.; Ostrom, E. (eds.) 2007. Understanding knowledge as a commons: from theory to practice Cambridge, MA (USA): MIT Press. xiii, 367 p. ISBN: 978-0-262-08357-7.

Knowledge in digital form offers unprecedented access to information through the Internet but at the same time is subject to ever-greater restrictions through intellectual property legislation, overpatenting, licensing, overpricing, and lack of preservation.  Looking at knowledge as a commons – as a shared resource – allows us to understand both its limitless possibilities and what threatens it.  In this book experts from a range of disciplines discuss the knowledge commons in the digital era – how to conceptualize it, protect it, and build it.

Call No:    001.102:004 H45

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Millstone, E.; Lang, T. 2008. The atlas of food. 2.ed. London (UK): Earthscan. 128 p., ill., tables, maps. ISBN: 978-1-84407-499-0.

Now completely updated, this atlas maps every link of the food chain, from farming, production and retail to the food on our plates.  It also investigates how, in an era of new technologies, globalized food trade and even plentiful supply, millions remain hungry.

Call No:    641.3 M61

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International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), Washington, DC (USA); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome (Italy); International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome (Italy). 2009. Gender in agriculture sourcebook. Agriculture and Rural Development Washington, DC (USA): IBRD/FAO/IFAD. xxiv, 764 p. ISBN: 978-0-8213-7587-7.
Notes: Includes CD-ROM.

This book provides an up-to-date understanding of gender issues and a rich compilation of compelling evidence of good practices and lessons learned to guide practitioners in integrating gender dimensions into agricultural projects and programs.  It contains contributions from more than 100 writers and reviewers.

Call No:    63:305 In8

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