Join us in Addis Ababa on 18-21 October 2010 for ‘AgKnowledge Africa’ Share Fair : a new event to showcase the ways agricultural and rural knowledge in and of Africa is created, shared, communicated, and put to use.
Like the 2009 edition in Rome, and the recent edition in Cali, this event will be a ‘fair’ that brings together the diverse knowledge (in this edition focus is on Africa) and the multiple innovative ways it is created, shared, communicated, and applied.
Farmer organizations, extensionists, researchers, students, academia, policy shapers, information and communication specialists, private sector actors, international and regional organizations, and governments – the Fair is open to all.
The heart of the fair is a series of thematic ‘learning pathways’ in a process of mapping, sharing and connecting people and activities.
These pathways will showcase how African ‘talents’ are creating, sharing and using rural knowledge – at the grassroots, in research and policy, and through intermediaries.
The pathways will focus on agriculture and climate change, land, livestock, and water.
The Share Fair also comprises:
- SKILLS & TOOLS: A learning day at the start where participants can share practical tools and approaches that enhance their own knowledge sharing and use in agriculture.
- FOCUS GROUPS: Self-organized spaces where participants get together to explore experiences in specific issues and topics.
- FOCUS ON ETHIOPIA: A forum for knowledge-sharing initiatives and actors in Ethiopia to showcase their activities and results.
- MARKETPLACE: An alternative to the usual exhibition, we aim to create (traditional) interactive spaces where goods and knowledge are transacted.
- FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Much traditional knowledge is ‘captured’ and passed on through food – the recipes and the ways it is prepared and presented. We aim to highlight and showcase the links between food and knowledge sharing.
- BUNNA: A traditional Ethiopian meeting space with coffee, wireless and conversation zone.
- You will take back insights and lessons learned on how knowledge is being created, exchanged and put to use within and across organizations and with rural communities.
- You will be able to attend training sessions and get to know possibilities to implement various knowledge sharing tools and methods in your own daily work.
- Last but not least, you will get an opportunity to share what you do and make connections with others working on similar projects!
The success of the previous fairs was its convening of real and innovative cases – so we are now looking for examples from Africa that show how agricultural and rural knowledge is created, shared and put to use.
Find out more about the event, how to participate, how to register:
The Fair is made possible by the collective efforts of many individuals and organizations, among them: the ICT-KM Program of the CGIAR, CTA, FAO, IFAD, and IKM Emergent; the sessions are organized by a range of public, private, NGO, and research initiatives and organizations from Africa and beyond. It will be held on the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa.