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Archive for October, 2010

Making ag knowledge travel: Travel tips from the Share Fair

“Sometimes I liken my job to being a travel agent“, I shared in my interview in the new Growing Talents: Young Voices in Agriculture series when asked about my work on ‘making ag knowledge travel’. But why the analogy of travel? “The knowledge that exists within various institutions, people and places often stays within the…

Open Access Agriculture: opening the gates

So you may have heard of Open Access or even open access, maybe the Open Access movement or open access publishing–but what about ‘Open Access Agriculture’? When I first heard the term ‘Open Access Agriculture’ I imagined farms with gates wide open in which I could go visit, check out what was there, try my…

AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair: Les jeux sont faits!

As the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair concluded at the end of Day Three on the campus of the International livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I wondered what it was that people would remember the most about this event: what would the over 300 participants take home with them? “All good things come…

AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair Round Up: Day Two

Day Two of the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair featured a series of nine different focus groups. With topics that covered the documentation of farmer knowledge, mobile devices, value chains, online platforms, reporting agriculture, and more, participants on the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were certainly spoiled for choice.…

Chickens and ducks and …

Language is a barrier that can have serious implications when it comes to knowledge sharing. This is an issue that has been at the center of many discussions at the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In her blog post covering the Training and Sharing…

You can lead a horse to water….

well in this case it was a donkey… but as the saying goes… “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink” . Well, let’s think again! One of the many innovative ways to make knowledge travel at the Africa AgKnowledge ShareFair being hosted at ILRI campus in Addis was to…

Day Oh, now I know how to…

They came from near and far to attend Day Zero of the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. And what a day it was too. We were overwhelmed by the response. More than 180 participants attended the various training and sharing sessions held on the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)…

Showcasing Africa’s Agricultural Knowledge

As I write this, the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is minutes away from kicking off. This first of its kind event in Africa has brought together about 300 innovators and leaders from across Africa to share methodologies, tools and approaches that can help stimulate the creation, sharing, communication and targeted use…