CTA celebrates Earth Day, April 22

Agriculture and rural development in defence of the Earth.

In recognition of Earth Day, April 22 2007

On April 22nd, the world celebrates Earth Day. CTA joins this celebration because the earth is unique and the only one we actually have. A balanced environment and a healthy earth are at the base of all we do. Many of the challenges to agricultural production that lead to discussions about food security, poverty alleviation and increasingly, climate change, are based on better management of our environmental resources – our land, our water, our trees and the proper use of various technologies. Proper uptake of technologies can provide a huge improvement in the way we work, however, used improperly they can have a very negative effect on the planet.

The earth provides the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and use to grow our crops, the energy we burn and a source of livelihood for approximately 500 million people – our rural target groups, living in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. On Earth Day, we need to remember that we are as strong as our weakest link. The better we care for the earth and our environment, the better it will take care of us.

Hansjörg Neun
Director, CTA

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Featured Earth-friendly publications
The following publications are available from the Publications Distribution Service (PDS).

Where the land is greener: case studies and analysis of soil and water conservation initiatives worldwide
Liniger, H., Critchley, W. (eds)
376pp. ISBN 978 92 9081 339 2
40 credit points. CTA no. 1334. Code 3

Information support for sustainable soil fertility management (CD-ROM) / Rôle de l'information dans la gestion durable de la fertilité des sols (cédérom)
Summary report of a seminar, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2003 / Rapport de synthèse d'un séminaire, Arnhem (Pays-Bas), 2003
CTA, 2005
20 credit points / unités de crédit.
CTA no. 1272. Code 3

Propagating and planting trees in the Agrodok series
, CTA. 2004 (revised edition). 102pp
ISBN 90 77073 99X
5 credit points.
CTA no. 1228. Code 1

Multiplier et planter des arbres dans la collection Agrodok
Verheij, E.
Agromisa, CTA. 2005.
110pp. ISB? 90 8573 001 5
5 unités de crédit. CTA no. 1260. Code 1

Propagação e plantio de árvores
Verheij, E.
Agromisa, CTA. 2005. 114pp
ISBN 90 8573 032 5
5 pontos de créditos.
CTA no. 1261. Code 1

How to make and use enhanced animal manure
Parkolwa, M., Shihemi, M.
Acacia Publishers, CTA. 2005. 52pp. ISBN 9966 917 40 3
5 credit points. CTA no. 1279. Code 1

Ways of water: run-off, irrigation and drainage in the series Land and Life
Dupriez, H., de Leener, Ph., Carter, R.
CTA, Macmillan.
1992. 392pp. ISBN 0 333 57078 2
40 credit points. CTA no. 344. Code 2

Les chemins de l'eau: ruissellement, irrigation, drainage dans la collection Terre et Vie
Dupriez, H., de Leener, Ph.
CTA, Enda, L'Harmattan, Terres et Vie. 1990. 390pp. ISBN 2 87105 009 X
40 unités de crédit. CTA no. 258. Code 2

20 April 2007
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