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2017

Learning from the past : Nubian traditional knowledge and agricultural resilience, crop choices and endangered cultural heritage

Soudan

Department for International Development UKAID

Titre : Learning from the past : Nubian traditional knowledge and agricultural resilience, crop choices and endangered cultural heritage

Pays : Soudan

Numéro du projet : GB-GOV-13-FUND—GCRF-AH_R004536_1

Organismes de mise en œuvre : The British Museum

Durée : Actual Start 01 Nov 2017 // Actual End31 Aug 2018

Objectifs
The objectives are : To advocate the importance of using traditional agricultural knowledge to help create or embed strategies for agricultural resilience within international development and agricultural research programmes. To highlight the potential advantages of increasingly little-used cereals and pulses as food crops in marginal environments. To promote the way ethnobotanical and archaeobotanical approaches can contribute to the agricultural research and NGO sector in Sudan, the UK and internationally. Ethnographic research in Nubia, as part of the ’Sustainability and subsistence systems in a changing Sudan’ project, has shown that several key food crops from the early to mid-20th century became less important or abandoned in recent decades - whilst their presence in the archaeological record indicates their long-term regional importance and environmental suitability. To organise an interdisciplinary and cross-sector workshop in the UK entitled ’Traditional agricultural knowledge, ’forgotten’ crops and agricultural resilience’. This workshop aims to facilitate debate across a wide range of disciplines and organisations which are interested in - but have very different approaches to - this topic. The Nubian case-study will emphasize the valuable knowledge that can be gathered by integrating interviews with farmers, botanical expertise and a historical perspective, thereby informing how older crops might be used for subsistence. To organise workshops in Sudan with agricultural researchers in Dongola and Khartoum to advocate the future potential of increasingly little-used food crops. To produce a new and direct way to engage with and benefit Nubian agricultural communities. This will be achieved through the production of a booklet (in Arabic and English) ’Changing Nubian agriculture and crops ; the example of Ernetta Island’, to help conserve traditional knowledge about agrobiodiversity. This will document ’oral histories’ of how crops, cuisine, and associated material culture have been changing over the last 100 years.

Financement : UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Project budget : £54,863

Présentation (UKAID)

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