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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Methodological notes on exploring indigenous knowledge and management of crop health

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Methodological notes on exploring indigenous knowledge and management of crop health James Fairhead These notes highlight several misconceptions implications of the likeness will remain which limit researchers in their investigation obscure to researchers who are unfamiliar with of local knowledge of crop health. that other world which plant phenomena are like, or which they can be likened to. To avoid Methodological precautions considering local explanations derived from agricultural discussion to be exclusively Firstly, innovative researchers have sometimes applicable to crops, it is therefore important to presented farmers with photographs, follow explanations through and ask if the specimens, or field examples of crop diseases idioms and causes can be applied to people, and have asked them to identify, name and animals or anything else. explain the incidence of them. Such a disease- centric approach wrongfully assumes that if To this end, it may well be useful to carry out farmers do not know about diseases then they (or consult) a parallel study of the analytic do not account for them in their management principles in understanding personal health as of crop health. Farmers actually have many this is likely to shed light onto health ...

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