Ms Siyabonga Jonga
The use of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) based innovations in everyday life has been there since time immemorial. However, due to modernisation there has been a general deprecation of the use of such traditional localised knowledge. Climate change presents a huge challenge affecting rural life negatively. Given the role that women play in the rural life spectrum and their role as custodians of indigenous knowledge it is paramount to understand the use of IKS based technology innovations and its drivers. This is aim of the present study. Using survey data from a cross sectional survey of 88 women involved in the wide range use of IKS based technology innovations to adapt to climate change. The study established that women uses IKS based technology innovations in both on farm and off farm livelihoods activities. Using a Probit regression model, the study indicates that the following are drivers of the use of IKS based technology innovations among rural women; age, education level, neighbourhood extension, social capital and employment status. This study therefore urges crafting of targeted policies to document, promote and preserve the use of IKS based technology innovations in adapting to climate change in rural areas through the use community extension and social networks.