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Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development. The strong bonds between the Beni-Amer, their animals, and their environment constitute the basis of their ways of knowing, and much of their knowledge system is built on experience and embedded in their cultural practices. In this book, the first to study Beni-Amer practices, Zeremariam Fre argues for the importance of their knowledge, challenging the preconceptions that regard it as untrustworthy when compared to scientific knowledge from more developed regions. Empirical evidence suggests that there is much one could learn from the other, since elements of pastoralist technology, such as those related to animal production and husbandry, make a direct contribution to our knowledge of livestock production. It is this potential for hybridisation, as well as the resilience of the herders, at the core of the indigenous knowledge system. Fre also argues that indigenous knowledge can be viewed as a stand-alone science, and that a community’s rights over ownership should be defended by government officials, development planners and policy makers, making the case for a celebration of the knowledge sovereignty of pastoralist communities

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title Page
  2. p. i
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  1. Praise for Knowledge Sovereignty among African Cattle Herders
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of tables
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  1. 1 Introduction
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  1. 2 The case for indigenous knowledge systems and knowledge sovereignty
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  1. 3 The Horn of Africa: the ecological setting and the position of the pastoralists
  2. pp. 33-45
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  1. 4 Overview of the key elements of the pastoral knowledge systems of the Beni-Amer
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  1. 5 Animal production among the Beni-Amer
  2. pp. 60-75
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  1. 6 Cattle husbandry among the Beni-Amer
  2. pp. 76-98
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  1. 7 Ethno-veterinary knowledge and practice among the Beni-Amer
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  1. 8 Indigenous knowledge and practice among other pastoralist communities
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  1. 9 Discussion of the main findings
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  1. 10 Conclusions and recommendations for research and policy
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  1. Annex 1: Range resources and vegetation in the study area
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  1. Annex 2: Pastoral diseases and Beni-Amer curative practices
  2. pp. 160-171
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  1. Annex 3: Customary law of the Beni-Amer
  2. pp. 172-181
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  1. Glossaries
  2. pp. 182-186
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787353114
Related ISBN(s)
9781787353121
MARC Record
OCLC
1045069757
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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