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Indigenous Knowledge and its Uses in Southern Africa

Indigenous Knowledge and its Uses in Southern Africa

Indigenous Knowledge and its Uses in Southern Africa

Human service provision in Africa presents great challenges. These challenges lie in developing appropriate knowledge of people's needs, as well as of models for service provision. A number of trends and issues emerged during the consolidation and development of the South African Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (SARCIK). The literature survey and the indaba revealed that the major focus of work and interest in indigenous knowledge in South Africa was traditional healing and medicinal plant use. The major needs were facilities and recognition for traditional healers, the protection of traditional healers' ownership to their knowledge against commercial undertakings such as pharmaceutical companies, education on non-destructive plant use, and facilitation of a forum for the descendants of the oldest indigenous inhabitants, the Khoisan, to discuss the co-operative preservation of their indigenous culture and knowledge.

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  • Format: 210mm x 280mm
  • Pages: 158
  • ISBN 13: 9780796916921
  • Rights: World Rights

Human service provision in Africa presents great challenges. These challenges lie in developing appropriate knowledge of people's needs, as well as of models for service provision. A number of trends and issues emerged during the consolidation and development of the South African Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (SARCIK). The literature survey and the indaba revealed that the major focus of work and interest in indigenous knowledge in South Africa was traditional healing and medicinal plant use. The major needs were facilities and recognition for traditional healers, the protection of traditional healers' ownership to their knowledge against commercial undertakings such as pharmaceutical companies, education on non-destructive plant use, and facilitation of a forum for the descendants of the oldest indigenous inhabitants, the Khoisan, to discuss the co-operative preservation of their indigenous culture and knowledge.

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