We are pleased to announce the Knowledge Share Fair Latin America and Caribbean which will take place in Cali, Colombia, 25 – 27 May 2010.
In January 2009, Rome-based agencies working in agriculture, development and food security joined forces to co-organize the first Knowledge “Share Fair” in order to enable their staff to showcase, recreate and invent ways to share knowledge and improve access to it. Building on the successful outcome of the Share Fair, a similar event will be organized by the ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with other organizations who are working in the field of agriculture, development and food security. The event will take place at the campus of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia and retain a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
The main objectives will be to:
- Demonstrate how formal and informal knowledge sharing improves the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of working activities;
- Share and learn from each others good practices;
- Provide staff from different organizations with the opportunity to get to know and learn from each other to create linkages and networks for future collaboration;
- Develop ideas to support and enhance knowledge sharing within and across organizations;
- Experiment with tools and methodologies for knowledge sharing.
Specific themes will include:
- Good knowledge sharing practices with project teams, partners, communities, networks, and end users
- Good practices in making research processes and outputs accessible, available and applicable
The presenters and activities will be selected upon a call for proposals. The Fair will be structured in booths, hands-on training and facilitated sessions with interactive modes of presenting the activities, focusing on the experiences and lessons learned. Participants will explore how different face-to-face knowledge sharing methods and e-tools can be applied to their work and present innovative solutions that encourage effective collaboration, networking and leadership.