Bridges Between Tradition and Innovation in Ethnomedicine: by Maria Costanza Torri

By Maria Costanza Torri

Community-based organisations are the results of a approach during which the group acts entrepreneurially to create and function a brand new company embedded in its present social constitution and community. This publication argues that community-based firm might signify a technique for fostering sustainable neighborhood improvement whereas even as retaining conventional wisdom in ethnomedicine and keeping the neighborhood ecosystems.

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In our book, we will analyse a case study from India. It can further refer to a bottom-up rather than a top-down method of development. It can also indicate the development of a community business (2000, p. 13), such as is being highlighted in this book through the case study of GMCL, a community enterprise formed by different groups/associations of farmers active in the herbal sector. CEDM approaches are noted for their predominance in rural areas, where problems of economies of scale and critical mass exist (especially in urban centres, where job growth is attached to the service sector).

This top-down approach to development has failed to recognise local resources and the problems involved in the cultural and material differences between contexts (Apfell-Marglin and Marglin 1990). It has also become clear that the developed world is far from being free of the problems that are found in less developed circumstances. Transformations imposed by conditions of late modernity and globalisation take the problem of development today far beyond the traditional north-south divide, and uncover the importance of understanding each context in its own right.

The notion of an entrepreneurial venture as a “single independent operation linked to other similar operations only through arms-length, contractual exchange relationships” is also an extreme conceptualization, yet this understanding has led to important insights (Taylor 1999). Third, because our theoretical model of CBE is based on a documented grassroots effort in local communities in a variety of settings, it should be significant for policymakers and practitioners, given the growing interest in entrepreneurship and sustainability as tools for local development.

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