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Methodological notes and comments

Methodological notes and comments

Selection and presentation of references

The basic criteria applied in the selection of references for this Bibliography have been the following:

In the Bibliography, each reference appears in its Portuguese original, followed by English translation of the main title, and by an annotation. All annotations contain, to a maximum extent possible, the following elements:

The typology of the selected references as regards their format is as follows:

The Bibliography consists of two main parts. Part One contains bibliographic references in separate sections for Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe. As appropriate, references are grouped (in authors' alphabetical order) under the following topics:

Part One also contains a section with references dealing with two or more PALOPs.

Part Two presents the same references (in fact, the numbers under which they appear in Part One) grouped under selected "key words", or denominators, which are relevant to WPD-related issues in the context of agriculture and rural development.

Sources of literature

This bibliographic research has revealed the existence of at least sixteen different specialized libraries and information/documentation centers and other relevant sources in Lisbon, ranging from NGOs to Universities. Full names and addresses of these sources are listed hereunder.

NGOs dealing with PALOPs

Higher education institutions

Research and other institutions

Comments on the broader body of consulted literature

As part of the process of identification of appropriate sources of bibliographic information, and during the search for references for inclusion in this Bibliography, a vast body of literature on agriculture and rural development, and on the rural setting in the PALOPs in general, had to be examined. An assessment of some characteristics of the part of that literature which was not selected to enter this Bibliography is given below.

On the other side, the bibliographic search has identified an important amount of references in which linkages between the roles of women, population dynamics and rural development in the PALOPs are explicitly presented and are well elaborated. The Bibliography presented in the next section is a proof to that effect. (An assessment of its content is given in Conclusions and Recommendations.)

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