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Indigenous knowledge perceptions and development practice in northern Malawi
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2013
© 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
The Geographical Journal
Volume 180, Issue 4, pages 392–401, December 2014
How to Cite
Moyo, B. H. Z. and Moyo, D. Z. (2014), Indigenous knowledge perceptions and development practice in northern Malawi. The Geographical Journal, 180: 392–401. doi: 10.1111/geoj.12056
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2014
- Article first published online: 7 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2013
- Indigenous knowledge
This paper discusses contested issues in development related to Indigenous knowledge, and conventional development practice and theory. Drawing on findings from field research, this paper argues that although development aims at improving the quality of life of people concerned, the understanding of such improved life quality is different between local people and development experts. Experts emphasise economic growth as measured by per capita income, which is sometimes inadequate in explaining local people's understanding of development. The findings of the study lay bare the underlying values of local farmers in northern Malawi that contribute to improving quality of life and living standards. Indigenous knowledge developed by farmers shows that progress is understood in terms of adequate food, fresh, tasty value-laden food available for consumption and utilising more than one part of the crops grown, and not just adequate income.