Mayo C. Buenafe MA.

  • PhD student, Louwes Fellow
  • Indigenous knowledge systems, water use and management, food and water security, Agta hunter-gatherers, Philippines

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 6C01

Mayo Buenafe, a Native Filipina, graduated May 2012 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA through a Fulbright Scholarship with a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, Specializing in International Human Rights and Diversity.  Her prior research involves the protection and preservation of indigenous cultural properties, legal pluralism, and the evolving nature of indigenous knowledge systems. On November 2012, she was formally hired as a PhD Researcher and Louwes Fellow to conduct a four-year research project entitled “Agta Water Use and Management in the Northern Sierra Madre.”

This research project is a descriptive and comparative study on how contemporary hunter-gatherers like the Agta of Northern Sierra Madre, Philippines use and manage water resources according to evolving traditional knowledge and dynamic interactions with other groups. It specifically outlines the Agta’s Perceptions, Locating (Processes), Extraction Strategies, Consumption Effects, and Water Management Issues in and around the protected area. The main objective of this research is to specify how Agta knowledge and experiences regarding water use and management can be used as legitimate evidence to illustrate the complexities of food and water security for contemporary hunter-gatherers in protected areas.