The resilience of indigenous knowledge in small-scale African agriculture: key drivers

Briggs, J. and Moyo, B. (2012) The resilience of indigenous knowledge in small-scale African agriculture: key drivers. Scottish Geographical Journal, 128(1), pp. 64-80. (doi: 10.1080/14702541.2012.694703)

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The successful use of indigenous knowledge (IK) in development practice in rural Africa over the last couple of decades has proved to be elusive and disappointing. Using empirical field data from northern Malawi, this study suggests that the two key drivers for farmers in this area are household food security and the maintenance of soil fertility. Indigenous ways of knowing underpin the agricultural system which has been developed, rather than the adoption of more modern, ‘scientific’ ways, to deliver against these drivers. Such IKs, however, are deeply embedded in the economic, social and cultural environments in which they operate.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Scottish Geographical Journal on 25 June 2012, available online at:
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Briggs, Professor John
Authors: Briggs, J., and Moyo, B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Geography
Journal Name:Scottish Geographical Journal
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1751-665X
Published Online:25 June 2012
First Published:First published in the Scottish Geographical Journal 128(1):64-80
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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