339 pages | 23 B/W Illus.
While there is talk of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, old and new challenges bedevil the world – climate change, nutrition, and health poverty being at the top of the list. In seeking solutions to these and other problems which afflict the modern era, it is worthwhile to look into our collective past, to the traditions and knowledges of our ancestors. Such knowledge continues to exist in many parts of the world, though now marginalized by homogenous, Eurocentric ontolology and epistemology.
This book presents a compilation of reviews, case studies, and primary research attempting to locate the utility of traditional and Indigenous Knowledges in an increasingly complex world. It assembles chapter authors from across the world to tackle topics ranging from traditional knowledge-based innovations and commercialization, traditional medicine systems as practiced around the world, ethnoveterinary practices, and food innovation to traditional governance and leadership systems, among others. This book is an important resource for policymakers; scholars and researchers of cultural studies, leadership, governance, ethnobotany, anthropology, plant genetic resources and technology innovation; and readers interested in the history of knowledge and culture, as well as cultural activists and political scientists.
David R. Katerere, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Wendy Applequist, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri
Oluwaseyi M. Aboyade, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa and Nutritica SA, The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa
Chamunorwa Togo, The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa
Foreword Preface 1. Indigenous/Tribal Knowledges – definition and relevance in the modern era 2. How research funding can drive the commercialization of IK – based technologies: the case of SANBio 3. An Indian Perspective on Contemporizing Tribal and Indigenous Medical Knowledge 4. Tribal and Indigenous Knowledge in West Africa: the Use of Food Plants in the Management of Diabetes 5. Traditional and Local Knowledge Systems in the Caribbean: Jamaica as a case study 6. Indigenous knowledge systems: practices in modern-day China 7. Kampo Medicine 8. Back to the Future – the Prospects of African Indigenous Crops as Future Foods 9. The role of traditional health practitioners in modern health care systems 10. Interrogating the framework for the regulation of complementary medicines in South Africa 11. Animal Health and Indigenous Knowledge Systems 12. Local ecological knowledge on climate prediction and adaptation: agriculture-wildlife interface perspectives from Africa 13. Food and Nutrition Innovation in the Context of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 14. Hurdles in commercialization of tribal and indigenous knowledge-derived technologies 15. The state of traditional leadership in South Africa from colonialism and apartheid to democracy 16. A brief survey of early indigenous knowledge which influenced modern agronomic practices 17. Applications of Indigenous Knowledges in the 21st Century Index