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North-West University (2020)

An exploration of the role of indigenous weather and climate knowledge in crop production : the case of Lepelle Nkumpi municipality in Limpopo Province

Magoro, M.D.

Titre : An exploration of the role of indigenous weather and climate knowledge in crop production : the case of Lepelle Nkumpi municipality in Limpopo Province

Auteur : Magoro, M.D.

Université de soutenance : North-West University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Knowledge Systems 2020

Résumé partiel
Weather and climate have potential in contributing to the livelihood of the communities. Knowledge about weather and climate contribution to crop production is critically vital. The relative research on weather and climate predictions is often conducted at a macro level. However, failure to address micro level weather and climate prediction information may contribute to food insecurity. Detailed studies have not been conducted to address indigenous weather and climate prediction knowledge at micro level in Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality. The aim of this study was to explore the potential role that indigenous weather and climate knowledge can play in supporting crop production in Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality, Capricorn District Limpopo Province. In order to achieve the aim of the study, specific objectives were considered and explored. Furthermore, the documentation of indigenous weather and climate predictions was considered in order to bring much needed alignment in preparedness strategies, and close uncertain, unreliable weather and climate prediction information provided. In terms of alignment, the research addresses the issues on how indigenous weather and climate knowledge should be integrated with western knowledge to come up with more accurate and usable weather and climate predictions for smallholder farmers in the study area. The objectives of the study were to investigate and describe the nature and types of indigenous weather and climate knowledge, assess the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of smallholder farmers, review and assess the impact of existing national and local policies on weather and climate on the utilization of indigenous knowledge, establish the link between indigenous and western weather and climate knowledge systems and develop a model for integrating indigenous and western weather and climate knowledge systems for improving crop production in Lepelle Nkumpi municipality of Limpopo province. In approaching the challenges of weather and climate variability which affect food security within the communities, it was important to consider in the study participation of smallholder farmers and Traditional Council members to elicit their knowledge and wisdom on the phenomenon under study. Prior data collection, a literature review on the phenomenon was conducted with an emphasis on weather and climate, its role, impact and contributions towards improving crop production and livelihood of the communities. However, western weather and climate prediction contribution to the livelihoods of communities is also presented and discussed. The persisting weather and climate prediction at a macro level is noted since it affect smallholder farmers in making informed decisions on crop production while knowledge of smallholders and Traditional councils’ members are overlooked

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