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Africa misses out on indigenous knowledge research boom

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Journal papers may lack “authentic African narrative”

Indigenous knowledge systems research has boomed in recent years but Africa is still excluded, a bibliometric analysis has found.

The researchers found that publications on African indigenous knowledge have exploded since 2006, reaching its highest level in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and issues related to climate change. But those carrying out the research are often based outside the continent.

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