This chapter provides a brief background on how political currents have historically been reflected in the development of agricultural technologies, and demonstrates the political aspects of the recognition, valuation and implementation of indigenous knowledge (IK). Case studies from Ecuador, India, Indonesia and Ireland are used to explore how political power permeates agricultural practices and technology, notably how the powerful use labelling of knowledge as either indigenous or modern as a tactic to reinforce and legitimize their dominance, recognizing certain practices and innovations above others. It is argued that to optimize the contributions of natural resource IK and associated management skills, it is necessary to acknowledge their political dimensions and set them within wider cultural context to promote the inclusion of people's values and aspirations in any development interventions.
|Title of host publication||Indigenous Knowledge|
|Subtitle of host publication||enhancing its contribution to natural resources management|
|ISBN (Electronic)||978-1-78064-707-4, 978-1-78064-811-8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|