My research in Madagascar was a collaborative effort (partnered with the Malagasy government and both national and international NGOs) to evaluate agricultural change in the eastern Madagascar province of Toamasina. To understand the cultural aspects of changing agricultural practices, I compared three sample populations that include a small town, a village and scattered communities, which all had differing relationships with conservation organizations. The hypothesis examined in my dissertation was whether the information conservation organizations are giving to the local populations on non-indigenous agricultural practices is displacing knowledge of indigenous agricultural practices.
Hume, Douglas W. 2020. “Transmission of Swidden Farming Ritual Knowledge among Households in Eastern Madagascar.” Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science 4 (1): 45–57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41809-019-00041-5. Cite - Download
Hume, Douglas W. 2012. “Malagasy Swidden Agriculture: The Influence of Conservation Organizations on Indigenous Knowledge.” Kentucky Journal of Anthropology and Sociology 2 (1): 37–54. Cite - Download
Hume, Douglas W. 2009. “Vary Gasy: Meanings of Rice and Implications for Agricultural Development in Eastern Madagascar.” Etudes Océan Indien, Plantes et Sociétés dans L’Océan Indien Occidental, 42/43: 243–56. https://doi.org/10.4000/oceanindien.812. Cite - Download
Hume, Douglas W. 2008. “Geographic Overviews, Africa (East): Madagascar and Surrounding Islands.” In Encyclopedia of Archaeology, edited by Deborah M. Pearsall, 1:17–19. New York: Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012373962-9.00175-8. Cite - Download
Hume, Douglas W. 2006. “Swidden Agriculture and Conservation in Eastern Madagascar: Stakeholder Perspectives and Cultural Belief Systems.” Conservation and Society 4 (2): 287–303. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26396662. Cite - Download
Hume, Douglas W. 2006. “Rituels Des Tanim-Bary Chez Les Betsimisaraka D’Andasibe.” Translated by L. Modeste Rakotondrasoa. Taloha: Revue Scientifique Internationale Des Civilisations 16–17. Cite - Download