Nelly Bassily | November 3, 2008
Indigenous knowledge, also known as traditional knowledge or local knowledge, is the wisdom held and shared by the people in your community, and passed down from generation to generation. It can be knowledge about farming methods, medicine, technologies, the environment, the spiritual world, or anything else that is important to a particular community of people.
In our featured news story by Sawa Pius, we see how indigenous knowledge about pest management has helped Kenyan banana farmers to thrive and reduce their dependency on chemical pesticides. In this case, the traditional and effective techniques for warding off nematodes were generations old, but had fallen out of practice for some time.
Our featured script celebrates traditional knowledge, which one character describes as “those teachings and traditions that have helped our people live and survive.” Through a story about two sisters and their daughters, it reveals the importance of passing down traditional practices to the next generation.
You can find this script online at: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/60-8script_en.asp.