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Mapping and audting agricultural indigenous knowledge in Kenya: a case study of the Uasin Gishu and Keiyo districts

Joseph Kiplang’at
Daniel Chebutuk Rotich


The purpose of this study was to map and audit agricultural indigenous knowledge (AIK) among farmers in Uasin Gishu and Keiyo districts in Kenya. It examines the extent of applications of AIK by farmers in their agricultural activities. A face-to-face interview complemented by focus group discussions was conducted with the farmers. It was found that most farmers lack knowledge of improved farming methods due to inadequate extension services. The survey reveals that the adopted indigenous knowledge is learnt through lineage from generation to generation. Among the methods used in storage and preservation of seeds and food crops are drying and use of ash while animal products are preserved by using herbs, and smoking. It was further noted that AIK has not been fully integrated with modern farming methods. The study recommends measures for improving the capturing, preserving and disseminating AIK for farmers. This is expected to contribute to agricultural productivity, sustainable food security, generation of foreign exchange, creation of income earning opportunities for farmers, and development of local agricultural content.

Innovation, No.44, June 2012