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Ajit Maru on ICM at GFAR
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Ajit Maru of GFAR introduces the Information and Communications Management (ICM) for Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) ICM4ARD) Global Partnership Project.See www.egfar.org Interview by Peter Ballantyne
e-Agriculture panelists to examine ICTs in the rural domain
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The e-agriculture panel at the Japan Congress will examine ways that people and institutions are embracing ICTs to move content and share knowledge in the rural domain. FAO's Stephen Rudgard moderates the session.
Making information and ICTs truly accessible
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Chris Addison reflects on the 'Atsugi question' - how to make information and ICTs truly accessible. On the accessibility of information, he is particularly excited by te potentials of web 2.0 approaches and services. On ICT accessibility, he notes that we need to focus on the fundamentals - low cost infrastructure, and reliable and affordable power, for example. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Présentation du Congrès mondial de l'IAALD 2010
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Montpellier, 26 April 2010. Odile Bedu (INRA) introduces the 2010 IAALD World Congress.
Capacity building for knowledge sharing in research
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. Vanessa Meadu from the World Agroforestry Center explains how the KSToolkit has been used in a participatory workshop for East African scientists.See more at www.iaald.org
ILRI Infocentre delivers virtual services
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Grace Kamau of the ILRI Infocentre in Nairobi explains some of the changes in her role in recent years. She emphasizes the ‘one ILRI InfoCentre’ approach from two locations – in Nairobi and Addis Ababa as well as enhanced cooperation among CGIAR libraries across the world. She sees the main challenge of the future as being the demands on different CGIAR libraries to ‘operate as one.’ More on information management at ILRI. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Only connect? Practical solutions from the Caribbean
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Telojo Onu (CAFAN) explores the issue e-agriculture and ICTs. In her perspective, it is important to clearly define what the “E” stands for. For her, “E” first of all stands for ‘enable’, and ICTs are just tools that help people deliver different types of processes. Further, she presents the experience of CAFAN in the Agritalk project, where the farmer association has partnered with phone operators and other service providers to come up with communication solutions that work for the users.
Three entry points to enhance knowledge sharing in agricultural research
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Simone Staiger-Rivas of the CGIAR argues that introducing knowledge sharing into a research organization requires attention to three entry points: The first is 'strategic' - making decision points more horizontal and participatory. The second is to work on concrete tools and approaches that staff can work with. The third concerns capacity building and staff empowerment. There is certainly no single 'magic bullet'. For knowledge sharing to really happen, an organization needs to "change profoundly." Interview by Peter Ballantyne, May 2009
Making forest research information in Ghana more accessible
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Margaret Sraku-Lartey of the Forest Research Institute of Ghana explains how forest information specialists need to work together and with scientists to make their infromation more accessible. She emphasizes the importance of cheap and easy approaches.
CGIAR libraries collaborate and share resources
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ICARDA's Nihad Maliha explains how library and information services in CGIAR centers work together to overcome some of the challenges they face. Interview by Peter Ballantyne

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