About this book
Sustainable crop production is vital to ensure that supplies of fresh vegetables and their products are readily available. However, food security still remains a huge problem in areas of the world, including the tropics and sub-tropics, where communities rely solely on subsistence farming to meet their day to day food demands. It is evident that food production needs to become more sustainable to ensure economic stability and poverty reduction.
This book addresses the problems surrounding vegetable production in developing countries. Divided into two parts this volume discusses firstly the principles and practise of tropical vegetable production, from site selection, security and management to seeds, crop preparation and pesticides, and secondly provides details of those crops which are of particular importance in developing countries.
1. Tropics and Vegetables Defined, Concept of subsistence farming, Small farmer enterprises and The importance of vegetables in the human diet.;
2. Choice of Site, Site security, Topography, Soils, Water supply and Irrigation.;
3. Modification of environment, Site management, Seed supply, Seed classes and types of vegetable cultivars.;
4. Farmers' information, Support, Extension and Research backing.;
5. Crop preparations and Crop management.;
6. Pest, Pathogen and Pesticide definitions, Integrated Pest Management, Physiological disorders, Organic production, Post-harvest losses and Market opportunities.;
7. Alliaceae, Onions and related crops;
8. Cruciferae, Crucifers;
9. Cucurbitaceae, Cucurbits, The vine crops;
10. Solanaceae, Tomato and related crops;
11. Leguminosae, Beans and related crops as vegetables and pulses;
12. Leafy Vegetables;
13. Graminae and Cyperaceae;
14. Andean Tubers and Roots, Lamiacae and Apiaceae;
15. Graminae and Cyperaceae;
Appendix 1 Indigenous species;
Appendix 2 International research institutes;
Index of Species.