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Indigenous knowledge: enhancing its contribution to natural resources management.

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This volume seeks to advance understanding of indigenous knowledge (IK) in the context of natural resource management. The book links theory and practice in providing an overview of the conceptual issues surrounding IK enquiries in the context of their contributions to sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. Key themes are addressed via case studies from bioculturally diverse regio...

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Chapter 4 (Page no: 40)

'Keeping our Milpa': maize production and management of trees by Nahuas of the Sierra de Zongolica, Mexico.

This chapter discusses the importance of recognizing knowledge systems as part of diversified agroforestry landscapes. It focuses on milpa, a maize-centred polyculture system of pre-Hispanic origin, which has historically constituted an essential source of food and has persisted until the present. The first part of the chapter describes the area's history of land use and the milpa production system as the central part of the productive landscape and life of the indigenous Nahua families of the Sierra de Zongolica (SZ), an understudied, mountainous, indigenous Nahua region within the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Next, the main factors that are promoting the introduction of timber trees into milpa and the associated adaptations of land management are described. The conclusion elaborates on the various impacts of the introduction of trees and current trends in SZ agroecological practices.

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Chapter: 11 (Page no: 130) Andean cultural affirmation and cultural integration in context: reflections on indigenous knowledge for the in situ conservation of agrobiodiversity. Author(s): Shepherd, C.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 147) The indigenous knowledge of crop diversity and evolution. Author(s): Brush, S. B.
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Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Centro de Investigaciones Tropicales, Universidad Veracruzana, Calle J.M. Morelos 44, Centro Histórico, C.P. 91000, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2017
  • ISBN
  • 9781780647050
  • Record Number
  • 20173335562