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Applying indigenous knowledge for sustainable livelihoods: Lessons from ecological pest control and post-harvest techniques of Baduy in West Java and Nguni in Southern Africa

06 July 2017
12:30 - 14:00

Date: 6 July 2017
Time:  12h30 – 14h00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town 

Dr Alexis Habiyaremye, African Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council
Co-author, Leeja Citra Korina, Universitas Pajajaran of Bandung, Indonesia

With the impending threat of global climate change, the last decades have witnessed an increasing recognition of the potential contribution of indigenous knowledge to tackling global challenges of environmental sustainability. The sources and wisdom of indigenous knowledge have however much more to con-tribute to global knowledge, well beyond environment conservation and traditional medicine. This paper uses the examples of swidden cultivation, pestcontrol and grain preservation techniques of the Baduy in West Java (Indonesia) and comparable grain pits utilisation by Nguni tribes in Southern Africa to discuss how indigenous sources of knowledge can be an inspiration for greater social cohesion and sustainable livelihoods. It also draws lessons showing that combining indigenous knowledge systems with modern scientific methods can make it possible to achieve results that neither system can do alone.

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