Due to the holistic nature of IKS, the conference will be organised along 5 thematic areas that combines theory and practice.

  1. Institutionalisation of IKS in BRICS Countries
  • Challenges and prospects of institutionalizing IKS for sustainable food security and environmental governance for climate change adaptation
  1. Gender and IKS
  • The gender implications on IKS in promoting sustainable food security and environmental governance for climate change adaptation
  1. International Trade and Finance in the BRICS countries within the context of IKS
  • The impacts of agricultural subsidies by the developed countries on the food security, environmental governance and climate change adaptation.
  • The role of the New Development Bank on priority lending, public infrastructure, the purchasing power of marginalised sections of society for food security, environmental governance and climate change adaptation
  1. ICTs and Communication
  • The role of ICTs in generating, documenting, preserving and disseminating IKS for food security, environmental governance and climate change adaptation
  • The use of indigenous languages within the context of food security, environmental governance and climate change adaptation
  1. Global Security and Human Rights
  • The role of religion in food security, environmental governance and climate change adaptation
  • The role of indigenous institutions and traditional governance in food security, environmental governance and climate change adaptation