A survey of ethnobotany of the AbaWanga people in Kakamega County, western province of Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Wanzala, Wycliffe
dc.contributor.author Shiracko, Ndondolo
dc.contributor.author Owuor, Bethwell O.
dc.contributor.author Gakuubi, Martin M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-07T07:38:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-07T07:38:13Z
dc.date.issued 201-01
dc.identifier.citation Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge Vol. 15(1), January 2016, pp. 93-102 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/123456789/33564/1/IJTK%2015%281%29%2093-102.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.seku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/2580
dc.description.abstract AbaWanga people of western Kenya are known to have a rich history of ethnobotanical knowledge, probably due to their long interactive history of migration from North Africa to West Africa and then to Central and finally to East Africa. Their collective and accumulative ethnobotanical knowledge largely remains unknown and is likely to be just as rich and worth documenting, hence the current study. Non-alienating, dialogic, participatory action research (PAR) and participatory rural appraisal (PRA) approaches involving 100 women and men aged over 30 yrs old were utilized. A set of triangulation approach involving snowball and purposive sampling methods were used to select 100 key respondents. A total of 66 plant species distributed in 31 families were documented with Fabaceae family having the highest number of species (16.67%), followed by Euphorbiacea (9.09%) and Asteraceae (6.06%). The study showed extensive ethnic-based and varied ethnobotanical uses. There were 54 human diseases/ill-health conditions treated, controlled and managed together with those plants offering nutritional, socio-cultural/economic and veterinary values. This showed an ethnobotanical system that was practically developed and could confidently supplement and complement conventional medicine, where appropriate following an in-depth scientific research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotanical knowledge en_US
dc.subject AbaWanga people en_US
dc.subject Luhya tribe en_US
dc.subject Plants products en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title A survey of ethnobotany of the AbaWanga people in Kakamega County, western province of Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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