The sourcebook is meant to be a compendium of best practices, lessons learned, and experiences gained by those working in the uplands. It is intended to provide field workers (provincial and district level staff ) with practical, easy to understand ways to solve problems facing upland development. The compilation can serve as a rich source of ideas and reference materials for trainers. It might also be useful to educators, policy makers, local officials and administrators. While the articles within the sourcebook can be further adapted to create community-based materials, the sourcebook as such is not meant for direct use with farmers or community groups.
The sourcebook is split into two volumes.
Volume 1 provides the reader with a broad understanding of upland resource management policies, practices and issues. It includes the following chapters: (1) Policy Framework and Issues, (2) Understanding Shifting Cultivation and Upland Livelihoods, (3) Food Security, (4) Land Use and Management Strategies, (5) Marketing, and (6) Approaches.
Volume 2 provides a range of more specific technical options for agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry. The chapters include: (1) Annual and Perennial Cropping Systems, (2) Livestock and Fisheries, and (3) Forest and Natural Resources Management.
The Lao version of the sourcebook is currently underdevelopment and should be available by February 2006. If you are interested in a copy of the Lao version please contact NAFRI (email@example.com)