14th ISE Congress

01 June 2014 - 07 June 2014, Bhutan

Session: Reviving agricultural traditional knowledge systems to support resilience.

Objectives of this session are: 1. To deepen understanding of the extent to which traditional agricultural knowledge enhances the resilience of farming communities, and provides options to mitigate against environmental impacts such as climate change; 2. To improve knowledge about the threats to traditional knowledge systems in farming communities and approaches to mitigate these threats - thus building resilience.

Input by Seeds and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) partners:

Lawrence Mkhaliphi, Biowatch: Traditional Zulu communities in northern KwaZulu-Natal are reviving and adapting their knowledge on agricultural practices and seeds through household seed banks, seed rituals, farmers' exchanges and innovative documentation of seed flows within communities.

Elfrieda Pschorn-Strauss, SKI: The context of seed and knowledge systems in Southern Africa: a history of undermining and loss. Awakening in communities across the region is a holistic way of reviving knowledge and practices across landscapes, generations and social and cultural contexts.

Takalani Mashudu, The Mupo Foundation: In the very northern part of South Africa, Venda communities have identified their sacred sites as key to building back whole communities and they focus on re-building knowledge across generations by linking seeds, sacred sites, culture, through innovative tools such as eco-maps and eco-calendars.

Prof. Rachel Wynberg, University of Cape Town: Why is there a need for academics to engage with communities, and what are the principles of engagement in traditional communities that can bridge the gap between research and community activities?

For more information: www.agriculturesnetwork.org/news/iii-ena-panel/