Contribution Of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) To Conservation And Utilization Of Biodiversity And Enhancment Of Livelihood In South- East Nigeria

  • CF Anaeto Department Of Agricultural Extension, Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State
  • EC Matthews-Njoku Department Of Agricultural Extension, Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State
  • DO Onu Department Of Agricultural Extension, Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State

Abstract

This paper specifically outlines the contribution of indigenous knowledge (IK) to the conservation and utilization of biodiversity and enhancement of livelihood in South East Nigeria. It enumerates the importance, usefulness and typical examples of indigenous knowledge in use in South East Nigeria. It also looks at the problems of indigenous knowledge and suggests likely solutions to make indigenous knowledge sustainable by combining it with modern technology. It is clear that with proper knowledge of indigenous technology, biodiversity would contribute to enhance food production thus completing the requirement for reversing poverty. Biodiversity is the major part of natural capital and both its protection and conservation can yield benefit to improve the livelihoods of the poor. Both rural and urban dwellers especially the urban poor depend on biodiversity in the form of non-timber forest products, foods, medicines and domestic energy supplies.
Global Approaches to Extension Practice Vol.1(1) 2005: 64-73
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