Farmers Use Traditional Knowledge to Deal with Climate Change
IPS, 8 June 2012

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Small farmers in Mexico, who receive little institutional support, are drawing on their traditional knowledge to deal with and adapt to climate change, experts say. “Campesinos (peasants) have a strong tradition of expanding their territory, which makes them quite flexible” in dealing with new conditions, Fernando Briones, a researcher at the public Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), told IPS. “But their traditional knowledge doesn’t always work. Adaptation is not a lineal process.” He studied the farming practices and expertise of the Chole people, one of 62 native groups who make up between 12 and 30 percent of the country’s 112 million people (the smaller, official, estimate is based on the number of people who speak an indigenous language). Read the article …