ISSJ 173/2002 ï UNESCO 2002. Published by Blackwell Publishers, 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JF, UK and 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, USA. Arun Agrawal 238). Or, it can be drawn from highly detailed studies of particular ways of addressing a problem: the changing agricultural knowledge of small cultivators in West Africa (Richards 1985). Some databases catalogue âbest practices,â highlighting successful efforts by various indigenous peoples or local communities to address problems related to environmental conservation, health, education, or agriculture. In any case, the objective of the databases is typically twofold. They are intended to protect indigenous knowledge in the face of myriad pressures that are undermining the conditions under which indigenous peoples and knowledge thrive. Second, they aim to collect and analyse the available information, and identify speciï¬c features that can be generalised and applied more widely in the service of more effective development and environmental conservation. The strategy of creating databases to preserve and spread indigenous knowledge has received signiï¬cant support from a large number of donor agencies and international researchers, among them the World Bank, UNESCO, IDRC, UNDP, and also many networks of scholars and policy activists. It has proliferated especially in the last
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