ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Author: Enrica Porcari

Research’s “missing link”: the communications budget

On Tuesday, at the Share Fair in Rome, Rob Burnet presented an inspiring keynote speech entitled “How can we make agriculture more attractive to young people in Africa”. From the Share Fair blog: “Rob Burnet leads Well Told Story, a multi-award-winning Kenyan communications company which pulls together comic books, syndicated FM radio, SMS, social media,…

'Do blogs lead to increased dissemination of research papers?'ask WorldBank researchers

Everyone knows that agricultural research is vital if we are to overcome the current threats to food security, natural resources and the environment. Right? Everyone knows what the CGIAR is doing to mitigate these threats. Right? Everyone knows where they can access CGIAR research outputs. Right? Wrong. Not everyone knows. But two articles I read…

The Power of Video in Research

Videos and the Internet have revolutionized the way in which an increasing number of scientists are now communicating ideas and the results of their research. Videos can efficiently convey large amounts of information and depict scientific procedures that would otherwise require pages upon pages of written text to achieve the same level of understanding. Using…

Can Agriculture Research Help Eradicate Famine?

Every day, we see images of refugees fleeing a drought-ridden Somalia, crowding into camps along the country’s borders, desperate for food and shelter to stay alive. Tens of thousands of people have already died in the region, livestock, essential to the wellbeing of the local populations, suffer the same fate.  Yet, as more than half…

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The Knowledge Sharing Ripple Continues

Knowledge sharing has always been a big part of what we do here at the ICT-KM Program . Our Knowledge Sharing Project, which was launched way back in 2004, tested several knowledge sharing (KS) approaches and tools in the CGIAR. Pilot initiatives at four CGIAR Centers successfully incorporated KS principles and approaches into high-profile events,…

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Celebrating Women in Agriculture

Welcome to our special edition newsletter that celebrates the centenary of International Women’s Day. This event, which is held annually on 8 March, recognizes the achievements of women around the globe. Today is a day for celebrating women’s successes while also reminding ourselves that there is still much to be done if we are to…

Women overcoming the effects of drought and pests through a virtual academy

Back in 2004, as part of our first Investment Plan, we supported an idea from the  International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to establish a system for innovative knowledge sharing with regard to drought preparedness through a Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) involving advances in ICTs coupled with Open Distance Learning…