Traditional Knowledge in Policy and Practice

Approaches to Development and Human Well-Being

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Traditional knowledge (TK) has contributed immensely to shaping development and human well-being. Its influence spans a variety of sectors, including agriculture, health, education and governance. However, in today’s world, TK is increasingly underrepresented or under-utilized. Further, while the applicability of TK to human and environmental welfare is well-recognized, collated information on how TK contributes to different sectors is not easily accessible. This book focuses on the relevance of TK to key environment- and development-related sectors, discusses the current debates within each of these sectors and presents suggestions as to how TK can be effectively integrated with conventional science and policy. A valuable resource to researchers, academics and policymakers, Traditional knowledge in policy and practice provides a comprehensive overview of TK, and its links and contributions to social, economic, environmental, ethical and political issues.



Gender and traditional knowledge: Seeing blind spots, redressing inequities for women

The house was circular, with a big round meeting room in the middle and a wide veranda circling it. The conversations going on in the meeting room could be heard from the veranda because the sawali partition is very low, topped by wide open spaces. The architecture of the house created a feeling of openness and inclusiveness. The leaders were sitting in a circle on the bamboo floor in the meeting room; other community members and the women were on the veranda.


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