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Asian Agri-History Foundation (Volume 13)

No. 1, January-March 2009
The Shea Nut Tree(Vitellaria Paradoxa)-Empowering Women Against Poverty in Developing Economies - A B Damania
ForeCasting of Rainfall for Gujarat Based on Astro-meteorology - MC Varshneya, VB Vaidya, Vyas Pandey, LD Chimote, KS Damle, AM Shekh, and BI Karande
Multiple Cropping System for Conservation and Sustainable Use in Jeypore Tract of Orissas, India - Smita Mishra, SS Chaudhury, S Swain, and T Ray
Scientific Validation of Incorruptible Self-purificatory Characteristics of Ganga Water - Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal
Suyya - A Great Medieval Hydraulic Engineer of Kashmir - B L Puttoo
Indigenous Post-delivery Foods Consumed by Women of Rajasthan - Manju Gupta, Deepika Mondowara, and Simple Jain
Book Review:Science and Technology -Agriculture - N C Shah
No. 2, April-June 2009
Probable Agricultural Biodiversity Heritage sites in India: I.The Cold-Arid Region of Ladakh and Adjacent Address - Anurudh K Singh
Ancient Indian Traditional and Scientific Though on Plants : Sir JC Bose and Vrikshayurvena - Nalini Sadhale and Y L Nene


The date palm is one of the most ancient plants in the world that was domesticated for human use. Its origin is probably in Arabia, but the Indus Valley has also been suggested as one of its centers of origin. It was being grown in Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) since a very long time. The Lucknow Horticultural Gardens played a key role in the introduction of the date palm to the rest of India. Subsequently it spread to the west coast of India up to north of Bombay (now Mumbai) where it was tapped for neera and toddy as well as other uses. A tree so ancient cannot be without considerable folklore attached to it. Plenty of medicinal uses are also mentioned. The palm can grow under very low rainfall conditions and even in slightly saline soils, making it an ideal tree for development at oases in the deserts and other dry areas. The Bedouin tribes of the Arabian desert are known to survive and thrive on just dates, flat-bread, and camel?s milk. Date production peaked in 1996 according to the report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). There are over 600 varieties of date palm throughout the world. Some of the best dates were reputed to be grown around the city of Basra in Iraq from where they were shipped to India in dhows (sailing vessels) wrapped in mats made from date palm leaves. In recent years the date palm has been adapted to southern parts of the US especially in southern California, where a world genebank has been established.

The Date Palm in Folklore and Culture of the Dry Areas - A B Damania


Forests and women are strongly interconnected with each other because women, particularly those living in rural areas or mountain areas, have a deep relationship with the forest ecology because they are responsible for gathering food, fuel, fodder, leaves, and water for the family. Hence, women directly play an important role in the use of forest resources as well as in the protection of the forests which is very crucial to the success of the conservation policy. In the present paper, we have tried to explore how women in Mizoram in Northeast India are concerned with ecological matters. The rapid change of forest ecology has had a serious impact on women?s lives as it contributes to their burden. The women?s deep knowledge about forests and its natural resources has gradually been eroded because of the strong patriarchal domination of the modernization process which is bonded by the traditional and western patriarchal culture of colonialism and Christianity. As a result of the strong patriarchal domination in the present-day Mizo society, women are unable to express their opinions or exercise their rights; neither can they make any contributions about their indigenous knowledge. This inability of the women to make use of their indigenous knowledge has led to the slow loss of the utility of their knowledge.

Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Relationship with Forests in Mizoram- Hmingthanzuali and Rekha Pande
Indigenous "Nur Bun" Method of Potato Cultivation in Meghalaya Hills - Shantanu Kumar Dubey and Uma Sah
Moisture Use Functions and Yeild of Rainfed Maize as Influenced by Indigenous Technologies - Raj Pal Meena, RP Meena, and BS Bhimavat
Medicinal Planats for Diabetes - P N Antwal,PB Bhosale, and C M Bellurkar
No. 3, October-December 2009
Genetic Variability and Traditional Practices in Naga King Chili Landraces of Nagaland - Raktim Ranjan Bhagowati and Sapu Changkija
Validation of Astro-meteorological Rainfall Forecast for Gujarat - MC Varshneya, VB Vaidya, Vyas Pandey, AM Shekh, BI Karande, and Kedar Damle
Forecasting and Validation of Rainfall for Barshi in Maharashtra Based on Astro-meteorological Principle of Rainfall Conception - MC Varshneya, Nanaji Kale, VB Vaidya, PV Kane, and Vyas Pandey
Probable Agricultural Biodiversity Heritage Sites in India: II. Western Himalayan Region - Anurudh K Singh
Use of sarasvati palaeo channels in Reclamation of Waterlogged Areas of Punjab and Haryana - RN Athavale
Wild Medicinal Plants of Manipur Included in the Red List - N Rajendro Singh and M Sumarjit Singh
Snail: From present perspective to History of Assam - Rudra N Borkakati, Robin Gogoi, and Birinchi K Borah
Historical Research - MC Jackson
No. 4, October-December 2009
Probable Agricultural Biodiversity Heritage Sites in India: III. The Eastern Himalayan Region - Anurudh K Singh and KS Varaprasad
Farming System in Jeypore Tract of Orissa,India - Smitha Mishra
Traditional Methods of Rice Cultivation and SRI in Uttarakhand Hills -Vijyender Kumar Kediyal and Sandhya Dirmi
A Botanist's Journey: Plant Physiology to Agricultural Sciences and Beyond - YP Abrol
Jagadish Chandra Bose: The First Indian Biophysicist - Arumina Chandhuri and Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Indigenous Knowledge in Conservation Agriculture Rajasthan - Y L Nene
Plant-based Pesticide for Control of Helicoverpa armigera on Cucumis sativus Rajasthan - Jitendra Kulkarni, Nitin Kapse, and DK Kulkarni
The 19th Century Paradigms Haunt Us Rajasthan
Book Review:Mriga.pakshi.shastra - A Mirror of Ancient Scientific Vision - Dhananjay Kulkarni
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