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Share Fairs: Making Knowledge Travel

Share Fairs, like the recently concluded AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are about making our knowledge travel.

At the ICT-KM Program, we believe that good communication and knowledge sharing practices are vital to the way we operate to ensure the research we carry out, the outputs we generate, ‘travel’ to those who need it.   Such practices can enable stakeholders to determine the research that is needed, ensure that we develop in a participatory way, allow us to communicate our results in an applicable way, and generally help us establish a virtuous innovation cycle. This is also in line with our Triple-A Framework, which helps develop the appropriate pathways with regard to the Availability, Accessibility and Applicability (AAA) of research results.

Events such as the Share Fairs  create an opportunity for different groups to meet and learn from each other. And with about 300 participants descending upon the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to take part in AgKnowledge Africa every day, there were certainly a lot of people keen to share, listen and learn.

Share Fairs can also be used as a laboratory of sorts to experiment with new tools and methods. There is a growing demand from our staff and our partners to find out HOW to better collaborate, how to make use of tools to better plan research, to hold effective and efficient meetings, and the list goes on. Read about some of the training sessions held during Day Zero of AgKnowledge Africa. The results of a survey held at the end of Day Zero indicate that our sessions generally hit the mark.

In this special Share Fair newsletter, we’ve rounded up all our posts that relate to this hugely popular event, to give you an easy day-by-day account of what happened. There’s also lots of useful links that will give you access to the reports, comments, videos, photos, podcasts, etc. generated over the four days of the Fair.

We all came away with ideas on how we can work better together, we met many people from all different dsiciplines and countries, made connections, and now feel energized!

A heartfelt thank you  to the many people who worked hard to ensure the event’s success. The Fair was a truly collaborative effort and we needed everyone involved – from the organizers, to the facilitators, to the participants, to the social media reporters, to the ladies who kept us topped up with aromatic Bunna coffee …

We’re already looking forward to the next Share Fair.

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

Day Oh, now I know how to…

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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) […]

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You can lead a horse to water….

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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 load […]

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Our journey has started: the first day at AgKnowledge ShareFair

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The Ethiopian horn blower was at it again at the beginning of the first formal day of proceedings (see report on Day Zero) of the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair, calling us all to order to get the day underway. Participants were 300 strong for the opening session on the campus of the International Livestock Research […]

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Chickens and ducks and …

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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 Day […]

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It’s all about the people: please meet the CGIAR Ongoing Research Map focal points

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This week during the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair in Addis, a quite secretive group of people was wandering around the ILRI Campus. While at the Fair everything was open to all and people could walk around and participate in learning pathways, focus groups and lively sessions, what was a small group of 10 doing locked […]

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AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair Round Up: Day Two

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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.
Reporting […]

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AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair: Les jeux sont faits!

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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 to […]

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Making ag knowledge travel: Travel tips from the Share Fair

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“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 […]

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Helping us learn: Participants give feedback on Day 0

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Day ‘Oh now I know how to…‘ (Day 0)- the learning and training day of the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 18th October 2010, is now over and done, but we hope the learning that started there isn’t. And while we hope that the participants are learning, experiencing, using and […]

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Banner photo credit: Roxanna Samii, IFAD