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Facilitating Collective Action and Enhancing Local Knowledge: A Herbal Medicine Case Study in Talaandig Communities, Philippines

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dc.contributor.author Hartanto, Herlina en_US
dc.contributor.author Valmores, Cecil en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:18:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:18:18Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-05 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4520
dc.description.abstract "The indigenous people of Talaanding in Basac village, Bukidnon, the Philippines, had to deal with a high occurrence of disease and a high number of malnourished children in their village. This situation was due to the inability of the local health clinic to provide adequate health service and medicine to the community. Using an approach that promotes social learning and collective action, a CIFOR Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) research team facilitated a group of women, mostly the village health workers, in addressing their local health problems by using their local knowledge of medicinal plants and herbal medicines. This paper describes the ACM concept and the social learning processes that the women went through in identifying their health-related problems in the village, devising strategies to deal with those problems, monitoring the outcomes of their action, and improving their subsequent strategies. This paper also shows that the ACM processes promoted not only collective action and social learning among the women, but also helps to revive local knowledge of herbal medicines and conserve genetic resources in the area. The sustainability of the women's efforts will depend on their ability to mobilize more community members to manage the established herb gardens, to enforce rules so that the costs and benefits of the gardens can be shared more equally, to link-up with local government and other stakeholders, and to continuously learn and adapt their management strategies." en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CAPRi Working Paper, no. 50 en_US
dc.subject local knowledge en_US
dc.subject plants en_US
dc.subject adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject medicine en_US
dc.title Facilitating Collective Action and Enhancing Local Knowledge: A Herbal Medicine Case Study in Talaandig Communities, Philippines en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries CGIAR System-wide Program on Property Rights and Collective Action, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Philippines en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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