Scientists are trying to preserve the world’s rich plant genetic diversity in “gene banks.” It is important to do the same for the world’s indigenous knowledge base before it is lost forever. CIKARD concentrates on four areas: indigenous innovations, knowledge systems (such as social taxonomies), decision-making systems (such as what crops to grow on certain soils) and organizational structures (such as farmers’ groups).
The Center has four functions:
The center focuses on preserving and promoting the knowledge of farmers and rural people around the globe. As an early effort inthis area, the Center would like to publish scholarly papers on and references to ethnoveterinary medicine. Its goal is to collect indigenous knowledge and make it available to development professionals and scientists.
CIKARD invites contributions of documents on indigenous knowledge for access, storage and dissemination. The Center will publish periodic bibliographies listing thses materials. Please send any of your experiences with indigenous veterinary practices to:
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Iowa State Univeristy
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