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The Role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Climate Change

The Role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Climate Change
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Author(s): Stewart Lee Kugara (University of Limpopo, South Africa), Andrew Tapiwa Tapiwa Kugedera (Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe), Nyasha Sakadzo (Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences, Zimbabwe), Emmerson Chivhenge (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe) and Taona Museva (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 23
Source title: Handbook of Research on Protecting and Managing Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rendani Tshifhumulo (University of Venda, South Africa) and Tshimangadzo Justice Makhanikhe (University of Venda, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7492-8.ch001


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Climate change is projected to have a negative effect towards food security and attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Africa. Its impact is expected to be extremely severe in regions of Africa that depend on rainwater agriculture and have limited resources to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Much of the climate awareness on climate change comes from models or scenarios that face certain degrees of uncertainty. The knowledge of local and indigenous peoples, commonly mentioned to as local knowledge systems (LKS) or indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), is gradually being recognized as an imperative source of information for climate mitigation and adaptation. It is essential that policymakers draw on the best available knowledge in the face of global climate change.

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