and David A. Cleveland (2005, in press) Scenarios as a tool for eliciting
and understanding farmers' biological knowledge. Field Methods
Modern scientific knowledge and indigenous or traditionally based knowledge
are often assumed to be fundamentally different and incomparable. Testing
this assumption is important theoretically and for supporting scientist-farmer
collaboration to improve farmers well-being in their own terms.
We illustrate the use of scenarios based on a basic biological model to
understand farmers theoretical biological
knowledge. Scenarios depict aspects of the model in terms comprehensible
to farmers and relevant to collaboration with scientific plant breeders.
Results suggest that scenarios are useful for eliciting traditionally
based biological knowledge and that farmers theoretical biological
knowledge is based on the same model as that of scientists.
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