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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…

Social media for science: an interview with Tom Vandenbosch

During the recent World Congress of Agroforestry (WCA2009) in Nairobi, Kenya, the Congress reporting team plunged headlong into social media in a bid to maximize the event’s communications, which was achieved via the Congress blog, the @icraf Twitter account, pictures on Flickr and bookmarks on Del.icio.us. Much energy and care went into the blog, which…

Francesca Pelloni – Returning with a Passion

Life is a balancing act. Finding an equilibrium that works for you, your family and your friends is often difficult to achieve. And no one knows this better than AGCommons Project Officer Francesca Pelloni. After a five-year hiatus of sorts from the hectic world of IT project management, she is back with a well-grounded enthusiasm…

'Banking your knowledge for others'- Final interview with IRRI KSinR Pilot Project

Banking your knowledge for others: An interview with Benjamin Samson from the International Rice Research  Institute (IRRI) on the KSinR Pilot Project – ‘Knowledge Management Harmonizing Research Output’ Communication is important. And how to do it. Leaflets? DVDs? Workshops? But, regardless of method, something that should never be overlooked is the message. Ben Samson has…