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The use of local knowledge in agricultural extension: A systematic review of the literature

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posted on 2022-12-14, 03:30 authored by Kirt Hainzer, Catherine O’Mullan, Philip BrownPhilip Brown
Smallholder farms are complex systems, constantly adapting to context and rely on local, place-based knowledges. The vital role of local knowledge in smallholder farming systems has seen attempts throughout low- and middle-income countries to entwine local knowledge with scientific knowledge to improve outcomes from agricultural extension. Using a systematic review and exploratory meta-synthesis of selected literature, this research explored the use of local knowledge in agricultural extension. The synthesis found local knowledge plays a vital role in the adoption of new technologies or practices because as the dominant form of knowledge in communities they give learners confidence and they provide a context upon which new information can be introduced. However, effective use of local knowledge requires a realistic perspective which recognises that some combination of local and scientific knowledge, developed in a participatory process, will likely result in extension delivering greater outcomes to farmers.

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Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

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Volume

14

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

2141-2170

Publisher

Academic Journals

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2022-01-21

Author Research Institute

  • Institute for Future Farming Systems

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

Article Number

38666B368582

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