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Title:Traditional Farming and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Africa: Perspective from the Ikale-Yoruba Experience
Author:Ogen, OlukoyaISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Volume:5
Issue:2
Pages:157-166
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Africa
Subjects:arable farming
indigenous knowledge
Ikale
precolonial period
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The abysmal failure of conventional agricultural techniques in Africa has made it critically necessary for Africa's agricultural policies to evolve from the continent's age-long indigenous agricultural technologies. The study highlights several instances of the application of indigenous knowledge to the Ikale farming system in southwestern Nigeria. Essentially, the adequate utilization of the Ikale's indigenous knowledge system enabled Ikale farmers to become the undisputed regional experts in food crop production in precolonial southeastern Yorubaland. The paper concludes that modern approaches to agricultural development in Africa will continue to fail unless they take into consideration Africa's home-grown innovative farming techniques and indigenous knowledge systems. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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