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Focus on... Agricultural knowledge sharing

"Knowledge drives development" was the central theme of keynote speaker, Owen Barder, at the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair held in Addis Ababa in October 2010. He continued, "Diversity, engagement, feedback and learning improve institutions and so promote development." Diversity is key and Barder argues that we need multiple, complex systems to solve the almost impossible problem of development. Rather than trying to design a better world he states that we should in fact build better feedback loops and learn more effectively from what has happened before.

Diversity was certainly the theme for the Share Fair event, where over 300 people working with Africa's agricultural and rural knowledge gathered to share experiences and learn from one another. In this edition we focus on a selection of the innovations, including radio, drama and social media, which are being used to create, share and communicate agricultural information to a broader audience, particularly to the farmers who really need it.

Find out about the Share Fair:

Shujaaz FM - inspiring Kenya's young entrepreneurs

Shujaaz FM - inspiring Kenya's young entrepreneurs

Launched in February 2010, Kenya's Shujaaz FM comic-strip magazine and radio broadcasts are bringing entertainment and education to an audience of millions. Through inspiring characters like DJ Boyie, Shujaaz offers Kenya's young people new hope and new options.

Date published: January 2011

Computers in the cassava field

Computers in the cassava field

An initiative to fight cassava disease in Africa's Great Lakes region is taking a big step into the future by experimenting with the latest generation of mini laptops. Smaller, more rugged, and less expensive, mini laptops are increasingly suited for the African field, bringing with them a whole new array of possibilities for monitoring and evaluation.

Date published: January 2011

An ALIN approach to learning

An ALIN approach to learning

Thanks to the use of internet technology and an online commodity marketing platform, farmers in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley province are now cutting out the middlemen and selling their maize to the highest bidder.

Date published: January 2011

ICTs improve access to livestock markets

ICTs improve access to livestock markets

The lack of transparent, timely and reliable livestock marketing information is one of the greatest challenges to the livestock industry in East Africa. In response, a marketing information system has been developed by the Livestock Information Network and Knowledge System to support livestock producers and traders.

Date published: January 2011

Sharing on air - Malawi's farming forum

Sharing on air - Malawi's farming forum

In Malawi, the Mwana Alirenji radio programme enables farmers to share experiences on environmentally sustainable farming methods, boosting income, food security and importantly, confidence.

Date published: January 2011

Towards an African commons of agricultural research

Towards an African commons of agricultural research

An international initiative is helping research institutes in developing countries, including Ghana and Kenya, to create shared electronic networks as a means of knowledge sharing.

Date published: January 2011

Learning from sharing knowledge - TECA exchange group in Uganda

Learning from sharing knowledge - TECA exchange group in Uganda

The TECA online platform hosts a repository of over 800 smallholder farming technologies from FAO and international partners. Through TECA exchange groups, information and experiences of smallholder production are shared in accessible language, by farmer groups, NGOs and research institutions.

Date published: January 2011

African science speaks many languages

African science speaks many languages

Sustainable development requires a strong culture of science, but translation is vital, to share this knowledge effectively. Knowledge Transfer Africa is promoting translation in many forms to help create a truly African science for development.

Date published: January 2011

 

 

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