Especially in sub-Saharan African countries, small-scale farming communities struggle to deal with the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS. This publication intends to be a handbook for agricultural extension officers trying to mitigate the effects of the disease. It gives a straightforward account of how HIV/AIDS undermines community welfare and the productive capacity of farmers.
The booklet suggests an approach in which the exchange of information is crucial. Several methodologies are discussed that can help to strengthen community structures, with special attention to the position and the needs of (widowed) women.
It explains how exploring local resources can be helpful in mitigating the effects of HIV/AIDS. Where labour has become scare as a result of the disease, the publication elaborates on possibilities of generating an income with little man power. Working on good nutrition, the use of local medicinal plants, the adapting of agroforestry, or starting keeping poultry or goats could be strategies that bring a new élan to societies. One chapter is dedicated to building cooperation.
A list of useful books, addresses, and abbreviations, and a glossary complete this publication.
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No. of pages: 76