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Focus Group session on Making AgKnowledge Travel

Organizers/ Focal Point(s)

Nadia Manning-Thomas Justin Chisenga

Some outputs

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Aims of the session

1. To explore the incentives for sharing agricultural knowledge in Africa and from different stakeholder groups 2. To explore the pathways that are being and can be used to make agricultural knowledge travel in Africa


1. Agenda for the session

2. Facilitators:

  • Content -
  • Process -

3. Knowledge Sharing technique used (if any):

How long is this session? 90 minutes

as innovative and interactive as possible


  • - Are the scientists you work with as active as they could be to share their research findings?
  • - In practical terms, what would change the scientists’ mind to get them to share more?
  • - What actions could the scientists take to improve how their results are shared?

Introduction to the session- making ag knowledge travel in Africa Introductory words
Ask a few participants why they came to this session
5 min
Case study 'panel'- 3-5 case studies being interviewed:
*CGIAR- 'Ongoing research map in Africa' (Evelyn Katingi)
*KARI- ?? (
Richard Kedemi)
*SADC ??
*FAO- Justin??
*EIAR (Ethiopia)-Abebe Kirub
*NGO---BROSDI-Ednah Karamagi
Panel of 'case studies'--each can talk about their experience and practcie in making ag knowledge travel in Africa
Interviewer (who?) can ask more questions
Group can ask questions
40 mins
Mapping our 'agknowledge travels'- Group to build a 'map' of:
1. WHY2 Share in Africa (from different stakeholder perspectives)
2. HOW to Share--what pathways are being used in Africa
3. NOW 2 share--what other pathways could be used
1. Have different spaces for different stakeholder groups to write why they would share knowledge
2. Map of Africa--and people show 'pathways' used in different places
3. Vision space (image of vision)--to write what ideas could be further used in Africa
30 min
Back in plenary:
* Synthesis
* 'Present' CIARD as initiative supporting this
* Someone to highlight some of the major trends from the 'map'
* Someone(Stephen?) to talk about CIARD--using props (booklets, checklist printed out large, etc)
15 min

Panel of 'case studies'--each can talk about their experience and practcie in making ag knowledge travel in Africa Interviewer (who?) can ask more questions I wonder if you would like to run the whole case study item as interviews – I think it would keep it more focused.

I also think that the case presenters will have to be prepped quite carefully as to what they are to focus on.

WHY2Share -Building on results from FARA workshop/CIARD side session--seeing if people agree and to what extent -Exploring more

HOW2 Share -What pathways are being used in Africa to amake ag knowledge travel? Some people sharing case studies and then wider exercise -What other pathways could be used to make ag Knowledge travel? Presentation of other pathways--could these work in Africa, why or why not?

Some pathway categories:

  • Finding research information in Africa: Evelyn Katingi- to present the CGIAR Ongoing research in africa map
  • Open Access in Africa: Francesca Re Manning--- embrace the Open Access movement by educating academics and scientists (not only in Africa though, but also in developed countries and western institutions like the CGIAR), and create a series of real tools which enable people to use the new technology
  • Get information out to the farmers: Advisory and extension services: Dr. Silim Nahdy- Chair AFAAS--?

· W What is the desire, benefits and incentives for making ag knowledge travel? · W What is already happening · W What are the road blocks and challenges · W What more could be done


Speaker Topic
Evelyn Katingi Ongoing research in Africa map
Dr. Silim Nahdy- Chair AFAAS extension/advisory services (?)
Richard Kedemi (KARI)
[francesco@reflab.it] OOPS: Online/Offline publication system (see attached).

It is a very innovative way to collaboratively work on a document repository, and to replicate the data to the field, whenever whatever connectivity is available. The whole library basically resides on a memory stick, independent of the computer platform you use. Any updates are incrementally updated, optimizing bandwidth.

Free Access Farmer information
[http:www.infonet-biovison.org/| www.infonet-biovison.org]'
, [http:www.organicfarmermagazine.org/| www.organicfarmermagazine.org]


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