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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.

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Traditional knowledge and health

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the majority of the population of most non-industrial countries still relies on traditional forms of medicine for their everyday health care. In many countries, up to 80–90 per cent of the population is in this category.

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