19 December 2017. Climate change and its impacts on smallholder farmers have become increasingly topical issue in policy debates and development agenda, especially in Africa where farming in mainly rainfed. Over several generations, farmers have developed some indigenous knowledge in response to climatic uncertainties. What different IK practices are still used by smallholder farmers to manage climate change? To what extent is IK actions still relevant in contemporary situations, taking into account population growth and climate change? What can we learn from farmers as they continuously contend with the impact of climate change?
A newly published book, Mafongoya, P.L. and Ajayi, O.C. (editors), 2017, Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Climate Change Management in Africa, published by CTAprovides insights to these and other questions.
The book, officially launched last month at the 4th Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Science Conference in South Africa is open access and available for download online.