Local knowledge for agroforestry and native plants

TitleLocal knowledge for agroforestry and native plants
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsRocheleau, DE, Wachira, K, Malaret, L, Wanjohi, BM
EditorChambers, R, Pacey, A, Thrupp, LA
Book TitleFarmer first: Farmer innovation and agricultural research
Date Published1989
PublisherIntermediate Technology Publications
Call NumberS494.5.I5F27 1989

This article discusses the use of agroforestry and how the scientific use of agroforestry differs from traditional agroforestry. The authors also discuss how scientific agroforestry has recently started taking indigenous perspectives into account. They also discuss the influence agroforestry has on communities.

The authors discuss how the style of Rapid Rural Appraisal is more important than speed of the appraisal. They give a case study in Kenya to exemplify this importance of method. In the example, the trials, the errors, and hindsights of the study are discussed. The authors talk about how talking and sharing goals with the participants gave them a better way to evaluate the introduced methods. The authors also focus on the use of off-farm lands by the women. The researchers looked at what kind of plants the women were using and how these plants were being used.


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