The author of this manual, David A. Nuttle, has a farming background, BS degree in Agriculture, advanced training in tropical, desert, and urban farming, plus five decades of community and agriculture development in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as the U.S. He is a published author and inventor, and has developed as well as instructed very successful entrepreneurship courses for rural/ tribal youth as well as college/ adult students. Nuttle has been honored with U.S. & international awards; e.g. The Thomas Jefferson Award for Humanitarian Service.
One of Nuttle’s early projects is detailed in a study entitled “Buon Enao Experiment … JP Harris,” as posted on Google. There are further details on this project in the book “Vietnam’s High Ground,” by the same author. Some prior, well received books written, by Nuttle, include: 1) “Remote Areas Development Manual” (written for Peace Corps Volunteers); 2) The Universal Survival Handbook (written for volunteers working in hazardous areas); 3) “Civic Action Pocket Field Guide” (written for military forces engaged in relief and development projects); 4) “Inventor’s How-To Handbook” (written for his college-level entrepreneurship course); and 5) “Healthy Foods Handbook” (written for urban and refugee farmers).
Nuttle has numerous patents, such as his U.S. Patent No. 5,121,708, used as the foundation for his tubal-algalculture and counterdesertification crop production systems. He has created several successful businesses, and started his 501(c)(3) charity, Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI), in 1995. Some of NPI’s projects may be seen on its website (www.needful provision.org). Currently, Nuttle/ NPI have large counterdesertification projects pending for the Turkana tribe in Kenya, and the San Carlos Apache tribe in Arizona USA. In addition, Nuttle acts as an advisor for several national security support projects utilizing some of his relevant innovations.