Technical Resources

On-Line Books 
Diagnostic Manual for Plant Diseases in Vietnam. Lester W. Burgess, Timothy E. Knight, Len Tesoriero, Hien Thuy Phan (2008). Published by the Austrailan Center for International Agricultural Research. 
A reference for developing basic skills in diagnosing causes of diseases, especially fungal diseases of the roots and stems, that can cause serious socioeconomic losses in Vietnam.

Vegetable MD Online. Cornell University (2008). 
Various information on plant diseases including diagnostic keys for disease identification, disease resistant varieties, photo gallery of vegetable diseases, integrated crop and pest management guidelines for commercial vegetable production, vegetable IPM and other vegetable links
Online Bookshop: Crop Protection
Learning AgriCultures. An educational series suitable for educators and teachers at universities and vocational schools who are looking for a comprehensive course on sustainable agriculture.

Video Links
Links to various videos on FFS from NGO Access Agriculture video library

Crop Production
Data sheets on pests, disease pathogens, crop, damage symptoms and country of occurrence and aspects of crop protection. Also provides a guide for Pest Risk Analysis and suggestions for demonstrating the Phytosanitary Decision-Support System.
Provides information on the etymology, overview, history of agriculture, information on crop production systems, crop alteration and biotechnology and modern agriculture.

Principles and Practices of Rice Production
Guidelines for Surveillance for Plant Pests in Asia and the Pacific

Rodent Outbreaks: Ecology and Impacts

Viroids: Properties, Detection, Diseases and their Control

Post Harvest

- Harvesting Crops for Market
- Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops (4th Edition)
- Post harvest technology frequently asked questions
-  Respiration and Ethylene and their Relationship to Postharvest Handling

- Handbook of postharvest technology: cereals, fruits, vegetables, tea and spices
- Postharvest Management of Fruit and Vegetables in the Asia-Pacific Region

Handling and preservation of fruits and vegetables by combined methods for rural areas


Sustainable Agriculture  

Organic, Sustainable, and Alternative Farming Systems: Websites of interest
Sustainable Small Farm Information Network
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities
Concept themes, farming and natural resources, plant production practices, animal production practices and the economic, social and political context of sustainable agriculture 
A list of publications on various subjects on sustainable agriculture.

Summaries of publications introducing concepts, principles, planning and managing farm operations towards sustainable agriculture
A list of more than 300 easy-to-read titles covering organic production, livestock, horticultural crops, business and marketing, farm energy, water and pest management and more. The publications are written by sustainable agriculture specialists, who are experts in their fields, and are meant to help farmers, ranchers and others involved in sustainable agriculture.

Pesticide Exposure, Safety Issues, and Risk Assessment Indicators

International Programme on Chemical Safety


Pesticides and Health
Cornell University Pesticide Fact Sheets 
A Farmer Self-Surveillance System of Pesticide Poisoning

The Health Effects of Pesticide Use: Methods to Conduct Community Studies with School Age Children
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) 
Problems Associated with Pesticides 
General information about pesticides, toxicity and hazard, environmental protection, safety precautions, pesticide regulations, pesticide labels and a link to other resources for information on pesticides. 
PAN Pesticides Database - Chemicals
Pesticide Active Ingredient Information at Cornell University 
A Guide to the Safe Use and Handling of Pesticides

International Programme on Chemical Safety


Specialist IPM Sites

Integrated Pest Management: Current Concepts and Ecological Perspective
An online course using case studies designed to improve knowledge and skills on vegetable IPM. The link contains information and links to other sources of information on vegetable IPM. 
Contains information on the history, principles and processes of Integrated Pest Management
Contains links to other useful IPM sites including vegetable crop production guides; organic crop production; vegetables and food safety; insects, diseases and weeds; and biological control; fertility and water quality.
University of Minesotta’s electronic textbook of Integrated Pest Management.
Information on IPM basics; soil quality, nutrition and soil crop interactions; weed biology, identification and herbicide injury; and production and protection practices for various crops


Sustainable Development 
Various information on sustainable development including major agreements and conventions; database on case studies and list of civil societies working on sustainable development; and links to other websites on sustainable development. 
Provides information on the development of Agenda 21; Rio5; the Johannesburg Summit; the Commission on Sustainable Development; and the structure and contents of the chapters of Agenda 21. 
Scope and definitions; environmental sustainability; the notion of capital in sustainable development; critique of the concept of sustainable development; and sustainable development in economics.


Environmental Education
Definition; history; modern environmental education in the US; related disciplines and trends.
Climate Change and Environmental Education
Reference Books for Environmental Education - Environmental education resources
Science Reference Guides Environmentalism: Resources for kids, young adults, educators and parents

Environmental Education Web Sites


Organic Agriculture
IFOAM Organics International 
Publications that offer guidance in production methods for a range of organic crops and livestock, preparing for
certification and marketing of organic produce. 
Description of organic farming methods and various topics related to organic farming such as crop diversity; farm
size; plant nutrition; pest control; livestock and organic farming systems.
Advantages and Disadvantages Organic Farming: Good Things, Barriers and Environmental Effects
Environmentalism: Benefits of Organic Farming

Organic Agriculture Related Links


Horticultural marketing – a resource and training manual for extension officers. Includes information on the marketing process; successful case studies in horticultural marketing; basic preparatory work in marketing; decision making, planning and implementation of plans; and eight common mistakes in horticultural marketing. 
Market Information Related Websites 
Information on organic marketing and labeling; direct marketing options; value-added and processing; business planning and management; funding, risk management; and other marketing topics.$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sis9491
Agricultural marketing glossary – marketing terms and what they mean
(Horticultural Marketing - Marketing Extension Guide No. 5 from FAO, Rome. Provides detailed advice on marketing and post-harvest matters and suggests ways in which the extension worker can assist farmers to identify markets for their produce.)

Course of Agribusiness Management for Producers' Associations. An FAO training manual on how to run an agribusiness to help poor farmers turn into better business people.


Good Agricultural Practices
GlobalGAP (EurepGAP) General Regulations - Integrated Farm Assurance, Part I - General Information
Includes information on Global GAP governance, history, members, national technical working groups; Global GAP standards on integrated farm assurance, compound feed manufacturer, plant propagation materials, risk assessment on social practice; how to become a member of Global GAP; services of the Global GAP Secretariat and available resources on Global GAP.
Contains a description of the UN FAO GAPS; Good Agriculture Practices related to soil, water, animal production, health and welfare, health care and public health; USDA GAP/GHP Programme; suggested further reading and external links.
Includes an introduction to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and regional and national GAPs.


Soil and Water Management
A Soil System Guide to Sustainable Soil Management that includes information on principles and characteristics of sustainable soils; management steps to build soil quality and examples of successful soil builders.
Publications and other resources on how to assess, improve and maintain soil health for croplands and pastures. The site also contains publications addressing fertilization and composting specifically for organic production and how to protect water quality through good soil management.
Publications and other resources that address water use, soil moisture management, water quality and water conservation. Contains information on the close relationship between agriculture production, soil moisture, crop and livestock water use and water resources.

Links to various publications on soil and water use management.