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Knowledge Sovereignty among African Cattle Herders

Fre, Z; (2018) Knowledge Sovereignty among African Cattle Herders. [Book]. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

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

Type: Book
Title: Knowledge Sovereignty among African Cattle Herders
ISBN-13: 9781787353114
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787353114
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787353114
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Zeremariam Fre, 2018 Images © Zeremariam Fre and copyright holders named in captions, 2018 This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Fre, Z. 2018. Knowledge Sovereignty among African Cattle Herders. London, UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787353114 Further details about Creative Commons licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: Cattle, African cattle, Horn of Africa, Beni-Amer
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050529
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