Indigenous knowledge and African vegatables

SOURCE: National Research Directory
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.Hart, I.Vorster, W.Jansen van Rensburg
KEYWORDS: AFRICA, FOOD SECURITY, INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS, VEGETABLES
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 6098

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Abstract

Indigenous Knowledge (IK) is the unique, traditional, local knowledge existing within and developed around specific conditions of women and men indigenous to a particular geographic area. In some instances external or scientific knowledge is combined with indigenous knowledge during the innovation process. Consequently indigenous knowledge is dynamic and continually evolves and changes as it develops, influencing and being influenced by both internal and external circumstances and interaction with other knowledge systems. Given this state of affairs Indigenous knowledge is better termed as local knowledge; i.e. knowledge developed in a specific locality and knowledge that is not entirely traditional, although this might form the base, given external influences.