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An experiment in how best to do R4D: the CPWF launches work on ‘Learning to Innovate’

“Experiments are used by everyone, all the time; whether it’s testing the effects of a drug, or trying to make a new relationship work” (Wikipedia) The Challenge Program on Water and Food is carrying out an experiment in making the relationship between research and development, often referred to as research for development,  work better by…

CPWF focuses on improving coordination and change in its Basin programs

The Challenge Program on Water and Food of the CGIAR is trying to do something different. In their words “through the paradigm of water productivity – developing ways to produce more food within limited water availability – it offers a new approach to natural resources management research within the CGIAR. The CPWF works together with…

CGIAR IT Managers Meeting 2010 – The Way Ahead

The CGIAR Information Technology Managers have been working together for many years now to provide a common set of IT services to meet multiple needs while exploring ways of working together. The members of this active community recently came together on the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for their…

First of Its Kind “Share Fair” in Addis Ababa Showcases Africa’s Wealth of Agricultural Knowledge

Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia — A first of its kind event in Africa, the “AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair,” will bring together 300 innovators and leaders across the continent to share promising methods, tools and approaches that help stimulate and propagate Africa’s agricultural and rural development knowledge. The “Share Fair” will be held on 18-21 October, 2010…

Wanted: Social Media Fanatics

It is great and surprising to see how a good thing, born out of enthusiasm, can take off and start leading a life of its own… I am sure the team organising the Rome Share Fair back in January last year, had no idea where they were going to end up… How the concept, the…

“AgKnowledge Africa”: focus on agriculture and climate change, land, livestock, and water – register NOW!

Join us in Addis Ababa on 18-21  October 2010 for  ‘AgKnowledge Africa’ Share Fair : a new event  to  showcase the ways agricultural and rural knowledge in and of Africa is created, shared, communicated, and put to use. Like the 2009 edition in Rome, and the recent edition in Cali, this event will be a ‘fair’…

African ‘carrots': Results of a consultation at the African Agriculture Science Week

On 5th July 2010, I posted a blog entitled “How to motivate more knowledge sharing in research: using the carrot or the stick?” to explore what makes or would make researchers and research projects share their agricultural research knowledge. This received some interesting responses. This discussion was initiated as part of the ongoing work of two related…

Africa Agriculture GIS week about to start…

Experts Meet in Nairobi to Explore How Smallholder Farmers across Africa Can Benefit from High-Tech Geospatial Mapping Technologies Geospatial experts from the world’s largest alliance of agricultural research centers will gather in Nairobi from 8-12 June to develop new strategies for using high-tech mapping and analysis to improve productivity and market access for smallholder farmers…