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Title:An ethnography of knowledge: the production of knowledge in Mupfurudzi resettlement scheme, Zimbabwe
Author:Mudege, Netsayi NorisISNI
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series (ISSN 1570-9310)
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9047423305; 9789047423300
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:indigenous knowledge
settlement schemes
agricultural extension
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/18550
Abstract:This study is an extension of an earlier interdisciplinary study on the impact of the adoption of high-yielding varieties of maize on poverty reduction in Mupfurudzi resettlement area in Shamva, Zimbabwe, carried out in 2001. The present study focuses on how farmers in resettlement areas produce and internalize knowledge and technology, and how these processes transform their livelihoods. Although the fact that the resettlement scheme became a melting pot of different knowledge makes the term 'local' problematic, farmers in the area still use and produce knowledge that is considered 'local'. The study examines how gender dynamics, politics, power, conflicts, resistance, religious beliefs and government policies impact on farming knowledge and on farming in general. It also unravels how local knowledge makes use of scientifically based State organized interventions. It dispels the notion that the government is able to direct the production and dissemination of knowledge through its experts. Instead, farmers make strategic use of experts, employing linking and delinking strategies in an attempt to maximize their gains. A recurrent theme in the investigation is the central position of witchcraft and witchcraft accusations. [ASC Leiden abstract]