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Indigenous knowledge application in increasing food security: A measure to consider?


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Title Indigenous knowledge application in increasing food security: A measure to consider?
Creator Masango, Charles A. Mbarika, Victor W.
Subject — indigenous knowledge (IK); food security; scientific methods; Intellectual Property Rights (IPR); Patent.
Description This article examines the role of indigenous knowledge (IK) in increasing food security. It questions whether IK can be regarded as inferior to increasing food security given that food scientists and technologists use scientific methods in increasing food security. The rationales for the examination stem from the notion that while IK has been recognised as one avenue for increasing food security, such knowledge is treated as inferior to modern measures or techniques. People who use IK are associated with poverty, backwardness and superstitions. Indigenous knowledge is often marginalised and given little attention in the mainstream studies, research and development institutions. Many professional experts tend to scoff or criticise such knowledge system, viewing them as nonsensical, superstitions, irrational and mythical. The article explores a theoretical research based on an extensive literature review for using IK in increasing food security and advances reasons why IK may or may not be regarded as inferior to increase food security. The theoretical research may be seen as a limitation in this topic, as an empirical research based on interview may have produced a better result. The article reveals that both modern technologies and IK play an important role in increasing food security. Following that IK as Intellectual Property (IP) is taking new significance in the search for answers to many of the world’s most vexing problems, the article proposes measures within Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the form of patent and other approaches through which IK could be applied with other scientific methods to increase food security.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2022-12-21
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ink.v14i1.20
Source Inkanyiso; Vol 14, No 1 (2022); 10 pages 2077-8317 2077-2815
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Charles A. Masango, Victor W. Mbarika