Dictionary of Traditional Agriculture: English-French-Chinese-Japanese


DicAT presents traditional agricultural techniques in parallel in four languages: French, English, Chinese and Japanese. Begun in 2009, the dictionary is the fruit of expertise and research carried out by academics and researchers: Yoshio Abe, Cozette Griffin-Kremer, Guoqiang Li, Perrine Mane, François Sigaut, Eric Trombert, Charlotte von Verschuer. It has been enriched by a scientific bibliography and numerous illustrations to highlight the specificities of each culture.

Presentation of the terms is original in following a thematic organization. Terms can be searched for by word or by category. Thus far, the dictionary contains the following thematic files: cereals, plant morphology, ploughing, sowing, field systems, fertilization, water control, harvesting, threshing, fruit and vegetables, horticulture, that is, over 1600 entries. This will be completed by terms connected with stock-raising, viticulture and fish farming.

DicAT is a compendium of traditional agricultural knowledge before the use of industrial chemistry widely known through online industrial catalogues. Dicat hopes to facilitate translations for historians, agronomists, interpreters and all interested parties..., but also to contribute to safeguarding natural resources, protecting the environment and bio-diversity, and to valorizing the principles of traditional agriculture.