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Indigenous Knowledge Development in Bangladesh

By Paul Sillitoe
ISBN: 9781853395185
If development is to continue to involve outside mediated interventions, in the belief that foreigners have knowledge and resources that can assist in relieving the degrading poverty endured by millions, the policymakers, scientists and bureaucrats need better to appreciate indigenous knowledge both before and while intervening locally.

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  • Synopsis
    Development has failed to deliver on many of its promises to nations such as Bangladesh. Even worse, it stands accused sometimes of making matters worse, particularly for the poorest of the poor. The policies imposed from above by international agencies and central governments have been sadly at variance with the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. The development 'industry', concerned at evidence of the damage inflicted by its well-intentioned actions, has been searching for some time past for alternative approaches. Indigenous knowledge in development is one of the new approaches being pioneered. It is emerging within the context of increasingly popular participatory approaches. It works from below at the 'grassroots'. It aims to make local voices heard more effectively. If development is to continue to involve outside mediated interventions, in the belief that foreigners have knowledge and resources that can assist in relieving the degrading poverty endured by millions, the policymakers, scientists and bureaucrats need better to appreciate the indigenous view and practices both before and while intervening locally. While the aims of indigenous knowledge research are straightforward, their achievement presents us with some of the largest current challenges in development. It is an exciting time. The work has only recently started in earnest and a great deal remains to be accomplished. If you wish to see more equitable use of resources, this book is a must for you. Indeed, it should be compulsory reading for all those working in the development field.
  • Table of Contents
    List of Tables
    List of Figures
    Contributors
    Foreword
    Introduction
    1 The State of Indigenous Knowledge in Bangladesh 3
    2 Indigenous Technical Knowledge: Unexplored Potential for Sustainable Development 23
    3 Towards an Understanding of Indigenous Knowledge 27
    4 Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability: On the Brink of Disaster or Revolution? 31
    5 Development Disasters: The Role of Indigenous Knowledge and Practices 37
    6 Investigating Indigenous Knowledge: A Review of the Bangladeshi Literature on Natural Resources 41
    7 Use of Indigenous Knowledge in the Sustainable Development of Bangladeshi Farm Forestry 57
    8 Tree Pathology and Bangladeshi Agroforestry Practices 65
    9 In Praise of the Indigenous Neem Tree 71
    10 Indigenous Knowledge of Plant Use in a Hill Tracts Tribal Community and Its Role in Sustainable Development 75
    11 Wild Vegetables: A Valuable Natural Resource for the Rural Poor 79
    12 Local Vegetable Seed Storage Methods and Women's Participation in Development 91
    13 Medicinal Plants for the Survival of Rural People 97
    14 Indigenous Medicinal Plant Use, Sustainabilty and Biodiversity: Learning from the Grameen Bank Experience 107
    15 Indigenous Knowledge of Fish and Fisheries: A Pilot Study 117
    16 Freshwater Fisheries: Indigenous Knowledge and Issues of Sustainability 127
    17 An Indigenously Developed Pond Aquaculture System 131
    18 Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Research: Conflicts and Complementarities 139
    19 Cultivating Indigenous Knowledge on Bangladeshi Soil: An Essay in Definition 145
    20 Actors and Rural Livelihoods: Integrating Interdisciplinary Research and Local Knowledge 161
    21 Databases, Indigenous Knowledge and Interdisciplinary Research 179
    22 Indigenous Knowledge Fieldwork: Interaction with Natural Resource Scientists 197
    23 When a Bangladeshi 'Native' is not a Bangladeshi 'Native' 203
    24 The Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Its Network 213
    References 219
    Index 239
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Paul Sillitoe
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    Number of Pages 260
    Format Paperback / softback