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Published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Volume 23, Issue 03, Sep 2008, pp 261-262 doi: 10.1017/S1742170508002354, Published online by Cambridge University Press 01 Aug 2008


To welcome yet another book on sustainable development, a reviewer must look for what is unique and what adds value to the volumes already published. In Agricultural Systems, editors Sieglinde Snapp and Barry Pound have assembled a collection of chapters that goes beyond the usual praise and criticism of the green revolution and the focus on economic development. Their book provides a first-hand story by people with lengthy experiences in the field, especially in Africa, who have developed and tested grassroots, participatory development approaches. The result is a valuable set of principles, strategies and case studies that paint a new and feasible greenprint for development.