ICT-KM of the CGIAR

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“It takes a long time to become young”

This month marks the launch of an exciting new series of interviews that coincides with the United Nations’ International Year of Youth. Through our “Growing Talents: Young Voices in Agriculture” series, we hope to put a face to youth in agricultural research for development by giving them a space to talk about their roles, perspectives, experiences and aspirations … Our interviews will also highlight people who support youth in different ways.

Through our work with the Program, we have encountered many talented youths, and it’s their stories that we will be telling over the coming months. However, we also know there are many more stories out there waiting to be told. So we would like to invite ‘guest bloggers’ to come forward and write about their experiences. If you have a story to tell about your struggles and triumphs in the agricultural research for development and knowledge sharing arena, if you have mentored a young professional and seen him/her flourish, we would like to hear from you. Perhaps you have a video and/or photographs to share too. Your story could possibly help motivate others; or result in changes being made to the way we do things; or simply make us feel good about our chosen field.

Click here to find out more about the series and how you can begin sharing your story! As Pablo Picasso said, “It takes a long time to become young”, but it is never too late to become one and to nurture one!

Elsewhere, in Africa to be exact, read all about the ‘AgKnowledge Africa’ Share Fair, an event that will showcase the ways agricultural and rural knowledge in and of Africa is created, shared, communicated, and put to use. If you’re already planning to go to the Fair, which will be held in Addis Ababa on 18-21 October 2010, and you consider yourself to be a bit of a social media fan, we have the perfect opportunity for you! Find out more here: Wanted: Social Media Fanatics.

Our recently appointed Knowledge Sharing Specialist, Nadia Manning-Thomas, has been busy over the last few months. Find out what she had to say about motivating people to share knowledge, either by using a carrot or a stick, and the results of a recent knowledge sharing consultation, and her insights about insuring appropriate knowledge sharing delivery mechanisms.

In other posts, you can find out about the role of communication and knowledge sharing in the CGIAR Megaprograms; the new entry in the strategic technological series, and a recent workshop on Open Access.

Happy reading!

Enrica Porcari

Leader, ICT-KM Program and Chief Information Officer, CGIAR

Growing Talents: New Series on Young Voices in Agriculture

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When I first embarked on my career, I felt that many of the agricultural challenges facing mankind would have a far-reaching impact on not just my generation but also on future ones. Like most young professionals at that time, I also had many ideas, boundless energy and a desire to make a difference that would […]

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Multi-point Videoconferencing Gateway (#4 CGIAR Strategic Technologies Series)

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Over the years, videoconferencing has evolved from a bandwidth-consuming unreliable technology to one that consumes less bandwidth and is much more stable. Video has become more and more utilized as bandwidth has increased and prices have come down. As part of the Strategic Technologies for the CGIAR in 2010, Multi-point videoconferencing gateway ranked 4th place.
The […]

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Why communication and knowledge sharing in our Megaprograms?

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As new  Megaprograms were being finalized, research defined, new partnerships forged for a new more impactful agriculture research agenda… as the  texture, the vital structure of the new CGIAR  was being defined it became apparent that communication and knowledge sharing related issues were “missing in action”…. but not everywhere… signs that there was a […]

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“AgKnowledge Africa”: focus on agriculture and climate change, land, livestock, and water – register NOW!

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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 […]

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‘Insuring’ appropriate delivery mechanisms: Facilitating sharing at IBLI project workshop

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On July 12th 2010, an innovative new project hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) held a one day workshop on ‘developing index-based livestock insurance to reduce vulnerability due to drought-related livestock deaths’. The project -Index-Based Livestock Insurance-,  better known as IBLI, has been operating in Kenya already and is now looking to expand its activities into Ethiopia. The objectives of […]

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How to motivate more knowledge sharing in research: using the carrot or the stick?

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As the CGIAR moves ahead with its change process, it is continuously being told that it needs to do a better job at sharing its vast wealth of research-generated knowledge, so that this knowledge can be applied to solving real problems.
While the publications written-the major output of most projects- are a key source of high quality information these are […]
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