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About the Author
Paul Van Mele is an agricultural scientist from Ghent University, Belgium who obtained his PhD studying Vietnamese fruit farmers' knowledge of pests, natural enemies and pesticides (Wageningen University, 2000). He wrote Ants as Friends (2003) and edited Way out of the Woods (2003) and Innovations in Rural Extension (2005). In 2004, his video project with rural women in Bangladesh won an international award for effective communication. From 2005 to 2010, Paul Van Mele lived in Benin, working as program leader, Learning and Innovation Systems at AfricaRice. His work with farmers, video and rural radio earned him the 2009 CGIAR Science Award for outstanding communications. He currently runs his own enterprise Agro-Insight, based in Belgium and works for AfricaRice
is an ethnoecologist whose research is on local and scientific knowledge systems in small scale agriculture and gardens, and collaboration between formal scientists and gardeners and farmers. This includes research with communities around the world in quantifying farmer practices, documenting risk assessment and cultural identity related to seeds, and investigating new semi-formal seed systems. She teaches a class at UCSB on "citizen" and community science, and is currently working with seed and garden activists and scientists to investigate crop diversity and adaptation in California food gardens.
Table of Contents
1: Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Resources Management: An Introduction Featuring Wildlife Part 1: Change and dynamism2: The dynamic nature of indigenous agricultural knowledge. An analysis of change among the Baka (Congo Basin) and the Tsimane’ (Amazon)3: Contingency and adaptation over five decades in Nuaulu forest-based plant knowledge.4: "Keeping our milpa": maize production and management of trees by Nahuas of the Sierra de Zongolica, Mexico5: The contested space that local knowledge occupies: Understanding the veterinary knowledges and practices of livestock farmers in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.Part 2: Diffusion and extension6: Integrating indigenous knowledge for technology adoption in agriculture7: Seeds of the devil weed: Local knowledge and learning from videos in Mali.8: "I will continue to fight them": Local knowledge, everyday resistance and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid TanzaniaPart 3: Conservation and sustainability9: Indigenous Soil Enrichment for food security and climate change in Africa and Asia: A Review10: Will the real raised-field agriculture please rise? Indigenous knowledge and the resolution of competing visions of one way to farm wetlands.11: Andean cultural affirmation and cultural integration in context: reflections on indigenous knowledge for the in situ conservation of agrobiodiversity.12: The indigenous knowledge of crop diversity and evolution.Part 4: Complexity and variability13: Investigating farmers’ knowledge and practice regarding crop seeds: beware your assumptions!14: Traditional domestic knowledge and skills in post-harvest processes: A focus on food crop storage15: The local wisdom of Balinese subaks16: Indigenous agriculture and the politics of knowledge