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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
Medios Sociales y RedagroChile
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Hablando en la RIBDA 2009 en Lima, Rodrigo Donoso explica como los medios sociales como Twitter son usados por RedagroChile.
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
Knowledge sharing in agricultural research - let strategy follow actions
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Simone Staiger-Rivas of the CGIAR advises research organizations thinking about knowledge sharing "not to start with a strategy." She suggests instead to start small with different projects and experiments. She concludes that we need to adopt the basic methods of research - to learn, to think about, to experiment, have trials, then scale up - "that's exactly what we should do in knowledge sharing." Interview by Peter Ballantyne, May 2009
Rendre la technologie au service des personnes: Le modèle VERCON
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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 focus of Vercon is however not technology but the interaction between technology and people. See more at www.iaald.org
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
Ajit Maru on agricultural knowledge for all
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Ajit Maru, Senior Knowledge Management Officer - Global Forum of Agricultural Research (GFAR)
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.
Peter Ballantyne on IAALD as a dynamic learning community
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15th May 2011: Speaking to incoming IAALD President Edith Hesse, former IAALD President Peter Ballantyne explains what he likes about IAALD.
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.

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