Specialty crops for Pacific Islands

A new publication with the above title has just been published by Permanent Agriculture Resources – University of Hawaii Press and released in July 2011.

From bamboo to black pepper, cacao to coconut and tea to taro — Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands provides detailed cultivation, value-added, and marketing information for 26 of the most important specialty crops for Pacific Islands and other tropical locations.

Specialty crops provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for innovative farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their products. The book provides insights into sustainable cultivation and processing techniques for local and export markets with an emphasis on innovating production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing.

Beautifully illustrated with over 940 colour images, each chapter cover a crop in detail. Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands highlights producers from throughout the Pacific and shares their experience—both their challenges and successes.

From the publishers of Traditional Trees for Pacific Islands and Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands, this 576-page book promotes high-quality food, fiber, and healthcare crops grown in diverse agroforestry systems. The emphasis is on providing small farms with opportunities for local consumption and commercial sale.

Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands is a must-have reference book for farmers, gardeners, teachers, and extension agents in the Pacific and throughout the tropics who are interested in new economic opportunities from specialty crops. This is not a book that sits on the shelf, but is thumbed through again and again.

This book covers:

• 26 important fruit, spice, beverage, staple food, and hardwood crops
• Value-added processing
• Enterprise development
• Accessing unique markets
• Sustainable local food production
• Economic and ecological viability
• Multi-crop agroforestry systems
• Local systems with export potential

And much more…

Review excerpts
Contributing authors

Order your copy of the book at a special introductory price. Contact orders@agroforestry.net with questions and for orders of 13 copies or more.

More information on orders, review excerpts, contents and contributors  is available at http://agroforestry.net/scps/scpsbook.html

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