ICT-KM of the CGIAR

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Author: Mary Schneider

Listening to the Voices

This past month, we have been listening to many voices. The voices coming out of Africa speak of passion and possibilities, hope for the underprivileged, and a more equitable life for all. We went behind the scenes at AGCommons, an initiative implemented by the ICT-KM Program, and talked to the people leading three Quick Win…

CIARD – The business of putting research into use

If we are to address the twin issues of improving food security and the livelihoods of the poor, it is vital that the results of agricultural research reach the people who need it the most. The focus needs to be on the uptake of research outputs by all stakeholders in the agricultural arena, be they…

Mapping the roads less travelled

Throughout most of the developing world, there is a real and urgent need for roads data.  Road location and attribute information can play a vital role in long term development applications and also help humanitarian agencies with short term emergency and logistical planning. Despite this dire need, though, popular web mapping service applications have not…

The Community Knowledge Workers model – A success story

“Melinda and I believe that helping the poorest smallholder farmers grow more and get it to market is the world’s single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty.” – Bill Gates. One of the five AGCommons’ Quick Win Projects, Community Level Crop Disease Surveillance, has achieved an important result. As a component of the…

AGCommons at Africa GIS Conference 2009 in Kampala

AGCommons, the program led by the ICT-KM Program to provide location-specific (geospatial) information to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with the goal of improving productivity and livelihoods, will be present at the Africa GIS Conference 2009 in Kampala, Uganda (25-30 October), to inform participants about its development as an Africa-based service bureau and its Quick…