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Rethinking the way we look at agricultural research
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Mark Holderness (GFAR) was one of the five keynote speakers in the opening session at the IAALD 2010 Congress. He stresses the need for rethinking the way we look at agricultural research and the role of agricultural information. How can these made accessible, available and relevant to the needs of farmers? In this, information professionals have a critical role.
Making technology work for the people: The VERCON model
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Montpellier, 29 April 2010. Sophie Treinen from FAO introduces Vercon - Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network, Vercon is a conceptual model that aims, through the use of ICTs, to enhance interaction among agricultural research, extension, farmers and the other stakeholders of agriculture and rural development. The foucs of Vercon is however not technology but the interaction between technology and people. See more at www.iaald.org
Dady Demby sur le projet RAILS
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Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Abriendo el Acceso al conocimiento del CGIAR
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Exponiendo en la Reunión RIBDA 2009 en Lima, Edith Hesse del CIAT explica porqué el acceso abierto es importante para el CGIAR y algunos pasos concretos que pueden tomarse para asegurar que los resultados de la investigación sean disponibles y accesibles.
Only Connect? Content and people are critical
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Peter Walton, agricultural information consultant from Australia, reflects on the CTA-organized session 'Only Connct' at the Japan congress. He worries that thecontent and the people are likely to be overlooked in the enthusiasm for the technologies. Interview by Pier Andrea Pirani
Implementing the RAILS project in Africa
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Montpellier, 26 April 2010. Dady Demby from FARA explains the background, aims and achievement reached so far in the RAILS project.See more a www.iaald.org
ILRI InfoCentre – Helping livestock information to travel
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Richard Fulss, Information Manager at the International Livestock Research Institute reflects on the activities of the Infocentre. He cites the main opportunity/challenge as being to ensure that ILRI’s information and knowledge travel as much as they could while also linking up with other global knowledge bases on livestock science. More on information management at ILRI. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
James Nguo on the Arid Lands Information Network
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James Nguo explains how young people play a critical role in supporting the dissemination and generation of agricultural information in East Africa.The secret of success in the ALIN approach is to gain the trust of grassroots communities with whom ALIN works. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Thomas Amirtham on the farmer knowledge centre at Kannivadi
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Father Thomas Amirtham of Arul Anadar College reflects on the knowledge and learning efforts of the Reddiarchatram seed growers association in Kannivadi, near Madurai in India. He further shares some future ideas these efforts have triggered. Interviewed in December 2007. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
Only connect? Mobile phones in rural Africa
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In her presentation to the CTA session at the Japan congress, Roxanna Sami, (IFAD) focused on the role of mobile phones and the impact they are having in rural Africa. Mobiles have an inclusive effect, both socially and economically, and really represent a great success story in Africa.She also reflects on the role of international organizations and how these should influence national government to make sure that adoption of ICTs is central in their poverty reduction strategies.

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