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"Les spécialistes de l'information agricole sont des acteurs clés dans le processus d'innovation"
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Montpellier, 27 April 2010. Jean-François Giovannetti (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes, France) is the chairman of the Programme Committee for the 2010 IAALD Congress. He introduces the themes of the events and describe how information specialists can play a key role in the much needed agricultural innovation processes.See more at www.iaald.org
Only connect? Three key issues on ICTs and farmers
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According to Telojo Onu (CAFAN), 3 key points emerged in the session organized by CTA. First, the need for more than ICT adoption. Second, the need for networking, as today it is not possible to work on our own. Third, considering that ICTs are an enabling tool, we need to make sure it is needs-driven.
Johannes Keizer, OEK, FAO,
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Head Editorial Board of the IAALD journal "Agricultural Information Worldwide (AIW)"
Jaron Porciello on developments at the TEEAL Project
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Speaking at the recent IAALD Africa conference, TEEAL Project Director Jaron Porciello explains the new pricing policy for TEEAL. The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library - TEEAL - is a full-text digital library of 149 agricultural journals made available at low cost to universities, agricultural research organizations and government ministries in eligible low-income countries. She also outlines a CTA-supported initiative to make TEEAL available to institutions in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Stephen Rudgard, FAO
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Stephen Rudgard, FAO Chief of Knowledge Management and Capacity Development
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
Dady Demby on the RAILS project
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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.
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
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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