Review of indigenous knowledge in Uganda: implications for its promotion

Author Biographies

John R.S. Tabuti, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University,
Kampala,
Uganda

Patrick Van Damme, Department of Plant Production, Ghent University, Belgium

Department of Plant Production,
Ghent University,
Belgium

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John R.S. Tabuti (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

Patrick Van Damme (Department of Plant Production, Ghent University, Belgium)

Published Feb 14, 2012

Abstract

Indigenous knowledge (IK) has a role to play for households and community well-being in Uganda. However, IK is undergoing significant change and is on the decline in Uganda because of factors such as acculturation or the loss of IK through exposure to external cultures. In this paper we review some of the roles of, and threats to, IK with particular reference to the local community of Kaliro District. We make some recommendations on how to conserve IK in Kaliro and elsewhere in Uganda.

Key words: traditional knowledge, conservation, traditional medicine, ethnobotany 


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