Indigenous Knowledge

 
     
 

Project name:

Indigenous knowledge (IK)
   
Project area: Badulla and Moneragala districts in Uva Province
   
Funded by:

COMPAS Netherlands

   
Project duration and status: 2007-2010 (Completed)
   
Beneficiaries: Farmers (250)
   
Partners and Staff: 3 Partner Organizations and 3 Field officers
   
Project Introduction: Future in our Hands designed the COMPAS program from 2007-2010 for the achievement of following objectives as mentioned in the proposal developed in 2007. These were in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically Goal 1 (eradicate extreme poverty), Goal 3 (gender equality), Goal 7 (environmental sustainability) and Goal 8 (develop partnership for development)
   
Project objective: Goal: Enhanced endogenous development of the communities through revival of indigenous knowledge systems and their worldviews.
   
  Purpose: Demonstrated IK help increased poverty alleviation through participatory natural resource management
   
 
 

Project Activities and Outputs

 
     
 
Activities Outputs
250 farmers produced their total seed paddy requirement 254 farmers have produced paddy seeds to meet their total requirement
50% of the total land extent belonging to target farmers practice traditional methods 60% of the extent belong to target farmers are cultivated using traditional practices
250 farmers cultivated paddy without using chemicals 254 target farmers have practiced chemical free paddy cultivation
250 target farmers could reduce cost of cultivation by 25% 254 farmers could be able to reduce the cost of production by 20%
250 families increased their food intake with naturally grown food by 30% 254 farmers could increase the food intake with naturally grown food by 30%
54 families increased the use of ethno veterinary practices to 50% of all practices 62 (more than 100%) families increased use of ethno veterinary practices by 60%
250 farmers reduced external inputs in paddy farming by 50% 254 farmers have reduced their external input cost by 40%
70 farmers cultivated with 100% free of informal credit All the farmers are able to receive loan from their CBOs at a rate of 20% interest per annum
100% of the target farmers are engaged in spiritual and cultural activities 254 of the target farmers are engaged In spiritual and cultural activities
 
     
 
External Links:
K.A.J. Kahandawa, 2011, Legal recognition for farmers to use, propogate and trade traditional rice varieties, Compas Policy Brief, 4p. (Download Article, PDF 0.9 MB)
K.A.J. Kahandawa, 2006, Traditional Veterinary Knowledge of Sri Lanka, in Traditional Knowledge Systems of India and Sri Lanka, Compas series on Worldviews and sciences 5, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems: Chennai, pp.114-118. (Download Chapter, PDF 1.53 MB; Link to the book)
Jayasinghe Perera, 2006, Traditional Medicine and Food Today, in Traditional Knowledge Systems of India and Sri Lanka, Compas series on Worldviews and sciences 5, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems: Chennai, pp. 174-176. (Download Chapter, PDF 1.06 MB; Link to the book)
K.A.J. Kahandawa, 2003, Rituals, Taboos and Gender, COMPAS Magazine, No 6, 2003, pp.31-32. (Download Article, PDF 0.31 MB)
   
 
     
 

 

 
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  Last updated: February, 2013