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James Nguo on ALIN and the Open Knowledge Network
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Arid Lands Information Network was one of the partners in the Open Knowledge Network, an initiative that aimed to promote the dissemination and exchange of local development knowledge. In this interview, James Nguo reflects on the project and its contribution to knowledge sharing in Kenya. Interview by Peter Ballantyne
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
Technological changes will enable greater accessibility
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Fedro Zazueta from the University of Florida reflects on incremental technological developments and their role in enhancing information accessibility.
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.
Qu'est-ce que CIARD?
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Sophie Treinen from FAO introduces the CIARD initiative.See more at www.iaald.org
Only connect? Listen to farmer needs to give them the right ICTs
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For Hilda Munuya (Knowledge Trends Ltd.) the key issue is in the notion of appropriate technology, or blend of technologies, that farmers will be able to adopt. There's a big difference between younger and older generations, in terms of literacy and exposure to ICTs. To help the farmers, it's important to listen to them and find out what they think is appropriate. Mobile phones and FM radios broadcasting in local languages are clear examples of this.
Rural telecentres lack sustainability - need to address content, social appropriation and scaling up
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CTA's Koda Traoré introduces lessons from the TelecentresAfrica project of CTA. The unsustainability of rural telecentres emerges from the telecentres' lack of appropriate content, lack of diversified services, and insufficient social 'appropriation' of the telecentre services by the local communities. He also highlights the need for scaling up strategies and business models, moving beyond pilots and short-term donor funding. See also http://www.share4dev.info/telecentresInterview by Peter Ballantyne, June 2009
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
Repositorios de Acceso Abierto para la Agricultura en Chile
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Exponiendo en la Reunión RIBDA 2009 en Lima, Rodrigo Donoso de la Biblioteca de la Universidad Católica de Temuco (y RedagroChile) se reflexiona sobre la importancia de los repositorios en acceso abierto en agricultura en Chile.
Socializing technology
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FAO's Stephen Rudgard reflects on the ICT adoption session at the Japan Congress, moving people from accepting technology as a way of accessing information into a way to actively exchange information.

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