n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Local knowledge as a source of community resilience : IKS community development and resilience
|Article Title||Local knowledge as a source of community resilience : IKS community development and resilience|
|© Publisher:||UZ Foundation|
|Journal||Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems|
|Author||Soul Shava, Cryton Zazu, Keith Tidball and Rob O'Donoghue|
|Publication Date||Dec 2009|
|Pages||218 - 229|
|Keyword(s)||Community resilience, Local knowledge and Narratives|
Local knowledge can serve a source of local community resilience that provides an enabling capacity for people to sustain their livelihoods and adapt to environmental changes or new environments. This knowledge was evidenced as capable of resurfacing when contingent opportunities arise. This contribution draws upon case studies of emerging self-mobilised social learning processes in the recollection and application of agricultural knowledge as revealed in immigrant gardeners' narratives in New York City, United States and narratives from relocated farming communities in Sebakwe, Zimbabwe. In these narratives the communities draw upon their reserves of local knowledge to respond to changes within their local environments. Such knowledge can serve as a source of community resilience through enabling people to sustain their livelihoods and community wellbeing, and thus adapt to environmental changes and displacement.
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