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Archive for 2008

Work in Groups: Education, Communication with rural communities, Knowledge Management

At several occassions during the KM, E & L Workshop in Maputo, we split up in three groups: Knowledge Management (mostly from a CGIAR perspective), communicating and learning with rural communities, and Education (how to reform African universities). In each group, notes were taken by “reporters”. Herewith we share some of these notes. Group on…

Knowledge, Education and Learning Workshop in Maputo: A Contribution from Susan McMillan and ILRI Colleagues

Susan kindly shared with us an article she wrote with input from her participating colleagues from ILRI during day 1 of the workshop.     Whither Research Communications? Should they be about building ‘knowledge management systems’ or holding more and better ‘conversations’? Susan MacMillan, Liz Ogutu, Boni Moyo and Richard Fulss. Steve Song, of Shuttleworth…

Millions Fed: what works?

Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever. Progress in feeding the world’s millions has slowed, while the challenge of feeding its future millions remains enormous and is subject to new uncertainties in the global food and agricultural system. To learn and share lessons from past successes, IFPRI, with support from…

Science Commons, Seed Hunter, CGIAR change management: made my MUST WATCH list!

1) Compelling!  http://sciencecommons.org/about/science-commons-dylan-video/ Watch how creative commons philosophy applies to science. Thanks Simone for the link! 2) “Seed Hunter” was shown recently on Australian TV regarding ICARDA’s Ken Street’s search for landraces in Tajikistan. The underlying themes: why crop genetic resource conservation is  important particulary in the context of climate change, inadequate research budgets, gene…

Public Goods….international or not?

For the CGIAR Science Council, Derek Byerlee introduced the basic notions: “public goods have high social benefits that the private sector has no intention to deliver … the international part is that public goods will have products or impacts across borders.” Watch Derek on http://r4dconsult.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/international-public-goods-research/

Now the question is…how do we make agricultural research outputs useful?

In Maputo last month, as part of a workshop put together by the CGIAR ICT-KM Program, FARA and DFID-R4D to examine ‘opening access to agricultural research, we disucced.ways to enhance the ‘applicability’ of agricultural research outputs.  See also previous posting Nadia Manning-Thomas brought together the discussions on ‘how to make our research more applicable’, as…

Peer review? Necessary but not sufficient….

We have long been advocating that publishing on peer review journals is an essential step to guarantee quality and relevance of science….but is it sufficient? If we ‘lock’ our research findings in costly journals access becomes a matter of elite… Watch this video….where Sheelagh O’Reilly of the DFID Research Into Use Programme reflects on peer…

Opening access to agricultural research – as discussed in Maputo

On 30 November 2008, some 35 people joined a side-session of the CGIAR AGM to discuss ‘Opening Access to Agricultural Research – A Triple-A Approach to Make Research Available and Useful.’ Participants were a broad mix, from communications, information management, science, and science management. It followed an earlier presentation with senior CGIAR managers as part…