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Aligned to the principle that development needs to start with what people know and build on their knowledge and experiences, the authors of this paper provide some examples of how important indigenous or local knowledge is to its users, different ways in which they use this knowledge, and the potential that indigenous knowledge has in some areas of agricultural development.

The paper looks primarily at recent examples of agricultural practices in which resource-poor agrarian householders have used their indigenous knowledge, as well as innovations to overcome many of the socioeconomic, political and environmental constraints they experience. It concludes with some suggestions for agricultural development policy practices of specific importance to agricultural research and extension policies in South Africa.

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Format : 113mm x 160mm
Pages : 52
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2162-8
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2162-8
Publish Year : 2006

Tim Hart is a senior research manager in the Urban, Rural and Economic Development research programme of the HSRC. Prior to joining the HSRC, he was a senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council.

Ineke Vorster is a researcher in the Crop Development division at the Agricultural Research Council, Roodeplaat. She has worked with smallholder farmers since 1998 and for the past six years has worked on traditional crops in various areas of South Africa.

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