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Biological and Cultural Diversity

Edited By Gordon Prain,Sam Fujisaka,D Michael Warren
ISBN: 9781853394430
This book presents cases of indigenous experimentation as well as the benefits in terms of rural development of new partnerships between farmers and formal research. Development workers, agricultural researchers concerned about rural poverty, agricultural sustainability and local resource management will find this book highly relevant.
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  • Synopsis
    Much recent 'scientific' agricultural research has failed to build upon the valuable experiences and lessons learnt from farmers, in combating problems faced in agriculture. Biological and Cultural Diversity presents, for the first time, cases of indigenous experimentation as well as the benefits in terms of rural development of new partnerships between farmers and formal research. Development workers, agricultural researchers and others concerned about rural poverty, agricultural sustainability and local resource management will find this book highly relevant and of value to their work. Published in the IT Studies in Indigenous Knowledge and Development series
  • Table of Contents
    Preface
    Notes on Contributors
    Introduction 1
    1 Rice cropping practices in Nepal: indigenous adaptation to adverse and difficult environments 6
    2 Farmer-based experimentation with velvetbean: innovation within tradition 32
    3 Side-stepped by the Green Revolution: farmers' traditional rice cultivars in the uplands and rainfed lowlands 50
    4 Environmental dynamics, adaptation and experimentation in indigenous Sudanese water harvesting 64
    5 The indigenization of exotic inputs by small-scale farmers on the Jos Plateau, Nigeria 80
    6 Farmer management of rootcrop genetic diversity in Southern Philippines 92
    7 Farmer experimentation in a Venezuelan Andean group 113
    8 Indian farmers opt for ecological profits 125
    9 Indigenous agricultural experimentation in home gardens of South India: conserving biological diversity and achieving nutritional security 134
    10 Living local knowledge for sustainable development 147
    11 Varietal diversity and farmers' knowledge: the case of the sweet potato in Irian Jaya 158
    12 The indigenous concept of experimentation among Malian farmers 163
    13 Umnotho Wethu Amadobo: the clash between indigenous agricultural knowledge and a Western conservation ethic in Maputaland, South Africa 172
    14 Local-level experimentation with social organization and management of self-reliant agricultural development: the case of gender in Ara, Nigeria 184
    15 Chinese farmers' initiatives in technology development and dissemination: a case of a farmer association for rural technology development 192
    Notes 199
    References 202

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    Editor Gordon Prain,Sam Fujisaka,D Michael Warren
    Number of Pages 224
    Format Paperback / softback
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