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Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

Enhancing its Contribution to Natural Resources Management

Now Published!

Edited by P Sillitoe, Professor of Anthropology. Durham University, UK

November 2017 / Hardback / 272 Pages / 9781780647050 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €112.50 / $144.00
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Main Description

Indigenous Knowledge (IK) reviews cutting-edge research and links theory with practice to further our understanding of this important approach's contribution to natural resource management. It addresses IK's potential in solving issues such as coping with change, ensuring global food supply for a growing population, reversing environmental degradation and promoting sustainable practices.

It is increasingly recognised that IK, which has featured centrally in resource management for millennia, should play a significant part in today's programmes that seek to increase land productivity and food security while ensuring environmental conservation. By drawing together strands of biocultural diversity research into natural resources management, this book:

- Provides an overview of conceptual issues around IK and its contributions to sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation;
- Addresses key themes via case studies from bioculturally diverse regions of the world;
- Displays a wide range of methodologies and outlines a possible agenda to guide future work.

An invaluable resource for researchers and postgraduate students in environmental science and natural resources management, this book is also an informative read for development practitioners and undergraduates in agriculture, forestry, geography, anthropology and environmental studies.

  • 1: Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Resources Management: An Introduction Featuring Wildlife
  • 2: The Dynamic Nature of Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge. An Analysis of Change Among the Baka (Congo Basin) and the Tsimane’ (Amazon)
  • 3: Contingency and Adaptation over Five Decades in Nuaulu Forest-Based Plant Knowledge
  • 4: ‘Keeping Our Milpa’: Maize Production and Management of Trees by Nahuas of the Sierra de Zongolica, Mexico
  • 5: The Contested Space that Local Knowledge Occupies: Understanding the Veterinary Knowledges and Practices of Livestock Farmers in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
  • 6: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge for Technology Adoption in Agriculture
  • 7: Seeds of the Devil Weed: Local Knowledge and Learning from Videos in Mali
  • 8: ‘I Will Continue to Fight Them’: Local Knowledge, Everyday Resistance and Adaptation to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Tanzania
  • 9: Indigenous Soil Enrichment for Food Security and Climate Change in Africa and Asia: a Review
  • 10: Will the Real Raised-Field Agriculture Please Rise? Indigenous Knowledge and the Resolution of Competing Visions of One Way to Farm Wetlands
  • 11: Andean Cultural Affirmation and Cultural Integration in Context: Reflections on Indigenous Knowledge for the In Situ Conservation of Agrobiodiversity
  • 12: The Indigenous Knowledge of Crop Diversity and Evolution
  • 13: Investigating Farmers’ Knowledge and Practice Regarding Crop Seeds: Beware Your Assumptions!
  • 14: Traditional Domestic Knowledge and Skills in Post-Harvest Processes: a Focus on Food Crop Storage
  • 15: The Local Wisdom of Balinese Subaks
  • 16: Indigenous Agriculture and the Politics of

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