At the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme, we bridge the gap between research and application by packaging researched information into languages and formats accessible and easy to understand by different segments of people. The gap between research and application has been attributed research findings being presented in languages and formats hard to comprehend and thus apply by the intended beneficiaries. To this effect, farmers, who are the main target by researchers, have been left to their own means. They now rely on their indigenous technologies and innovations to tackle their challenges as farmers.
Even though indigenous knowledge has been viewed as backward and its users regarded as passive recipients of civilization, this knowledge has proved useful. In this context, indigenous knowledge is an emerging area of study that focuses on the ways of knowing, seeing, and thinking that are passed down orally from generation to generation. These ways of understanding reflect thousands of years of experimentation and innovation in topics like agriculture, animal husbandry, child rearing practices, education systems, medicine, and natural resource management—among many other categories.
However, indigenous knowledge is under threat dying into oblivion. Its perpetuation is largely dependent on the limited people’s power to remember and teach younger, upcoming adults from one generation to another. It is on this basis that there is need for concerted efforts in conserving such invaluable knowledge which has been in use since the times of our great great grandfathers.
Through its participatory video production project, FCP is working with the knowledgeable traditional teachers to document these technologies to ensure that they are accessible to the future generations. Indigenous knowledge complements science.