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Record number 352877
Title Describing and measuring Ethnoentomological Knowledge of Rice Pests: Tradition and Change among Asian Rice Farmers
Author(s) Price, L.L.; Björnsen Gurung, A.
Source Environment, Development and Sustainability 8 (2006)4. - ISSN 1387-585X - p. 507 - 517.
Department(s) Sociology of Consumption and Households
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2006
Abstract The paper presents a methodology that guided several ethnoentomological research projects and goes on to examine and compare the results from two independent research locations in Asia. The first location is in the Philippines, a Green Revolution area that has been heavily impacted by extension messages and insecticide use. The second location is in Nepal which has a traditional subsistence orientation and has remained widely unaffected by agricultural modernization. The paper emphasizes the differences and similarities of the results from the two sites and discusses the role of the methodology and methods used in capturing ethnoentomological knowledge, particularly with regard to insect pests in rice. The results of both investigations share the importance of agronomic criteria among farmers in insect classification and sorting criteria, thus highlighting the relevance of functional criteria. Farmers at both research sites have difficulties in identifying the lifecycles of insects. We discuss the issues of tradition and change in farmer entomological knowledge and providing support to the knowledge base of farmers though programs like IPM-Farmer Field Schools as opposed to broad-based recommendations for crop pest management
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