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This side event will provide an interactive forum for sharing experiences and ideas on how information and knowledge exchange is promoting learning and innovations for improved agricultural ...

This side event will provide an interactive forum for sharing experiences and ideas on how information and knowledge exchange is promoting learning and innovations for improved agricultural production.

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    RAILS-DONATA side event: Information & Knowledge for Food Security_concept note RAILS-DONATA side event: Information & Knowledge for Food Security_concept note Document Transcript

    • 1 6TH AFRICA AGRICULTURE SCIENCE WEEK & FARA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Theme:Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana15-20 July 2013 Information & Knowledge for Food Security Organised by the RAILS and DONATA team 15-16 July 2013 Executive Room 2(Rm 117a) Introduction: In the present dispensation where knowledge is driving development, stakeholders are taking advantage of available knowledge to grow Africa’s agriculture. With FARA support, learning and innovations platforms are being established to enhance access to knowledge and technologies by key stakeholders in the effort to catalyze agricultural development on the continent. The side event on information and knowledge for food security will provide an interactive forum for sharing experiences and ideas on how information and knowledge exchange is promoting learning and innovations for improved agricultural production. The team of RAILS and DONATA actors with diverse learning experiences and ideas are eager to share with the participants at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week their own unique experiences, lessons, and ideas to build a strong knowledge base for improved agriculture productivity and resilience in the drive to enable Africa feed Africa. Objectives: Specifically, the event is organised to: i. Share and learn innovations to enable knowledge drive agricultural productivity in Africa ii. Learn and propose strategies for up and out-scaling of existing and effective innovative interventions in learning exchange / platforms for improved agricultural production. iii. Harvest and develop ideas that will strengthen and empower stakeholders with knowledge to drive agricultural improvements in local communities, national, regional and continental levels. Expected output The key outputs expected from the side event which should feed into the general outcome of the week are as follows: REPUBLIC OF GHANA
    • 2 a. Enhanced knowledge of the successes, challenges and opportunities for knowledge-driven innovations in Africa agriculture development. b. Strengthened commitments by key actors to strategic regional and continental platforms for learning and knowledge exchange for the development of agriculture in Africa. c. Identification of effective models for facilitating knowledge exchange among stakeholders local and national leveland thereby ensure innovation and resilience in Africa agriculture development. Agenda The main components of the two-day Side Event would include: - PSTAD: RAILS+DONATA country learning experiences - eRAILS & eRAILS-2 - CIARD – current and emerging issues - ICM strategy in African countries - Film festival Day 1: Monday, 15 July 2013 Time Topics Resource Person 08.30 Registration of Participants Mariam Sanni Opening Session Chair: Dr Yemi Akinbamijo Facilitator: Krishan Bheenick 09:00 Welcome Remarks Ifidon Ohiomoba 09:10 Keynote Presentation Justin Chisenga 09.25 Opening Statement Dr Yemi Akinbamijo 09:35 Setting the Scene – information & knowledge for food security (objectives, modalities, expected outcomes) Ifidon Ohiomoba 10:00-10.30 Tea/coffee break Mariam Sanni 10.30-12.15 Session 1: Learning from Experience (RAILS &DONATA) Chair: Dr Adrienne Martins Facilitator: Krishan Bheenick 10.30 - 11.00 Sub-regional experiences in information & knowledge driven ARD: i. ASARECA ii. CORAF/WECARD Dr Lydia Kimenye & Dr. Jacky Nyagahima Dr Sidi Sanyang & Dr. Anatole Koné 11.00 – 11.45 Break-out group discussions (see ToR below) i. Group 1 – ii. Group 2 – iii. Group 3 – Groups to be formed around country case studies
    • 3 11.45 - 12.30 Group reporting (To the Plenary) & Discussions 12.30-13.30 Lunch break Mariam Sanni 13.30-15.00 Session 2: Models for Opening Information & Knowledge in ARD Chair: Dr. Lydia Kimenye Facilitator:Dr. Nicky Shongwe 13.30-13.40 i. Effects of Improved information system & knowledge management on agricultural development: the Case of Madagascar Mr. Andry Rasoanindrainy 13.40-13.50 ii. Plantwise: Beyond implementation of Plant Clinics to Sustainably Strengthen Plant Health Systems in Africa Dr. Washington Otieno 13.50-14.00 iii. Improving Access and Application of Information and Knowledge for Agriculture by Transforming Telecentres into Agricultural Knowledge Hubs Mr. Wandila Simon Kamukwape 14.00-14.30 Q & A 14.30-17.00 Session 3: Strategic Approaches to Opening Agricultural Information & Knowledge Chair: Myra Wopereis-Pura Facilitator: Dr. J. Nyagahima 14.30 – 14.45 i. The CIARD Movement: envisioning global partnership for local benefit Stephen Rudgard 14.45-15.00 ii. ICM strategy in African countries Krishan Bheenick 15.00 – 15.30 Question & Answers 15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/Tea Break 16.00 – 18.00 Session 4: Film Festival Chair: Ifidon Ohiomoba Facilitator: Jacky Nnam 16.00 – 17.00i. Presentation of Films i. The System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Producing more Rice with Less Water - Experiences from Kenya Prof. Bancy M Mati ii. 2SCALE Illustrated Dr ToonDefoer (Rep François Dossouhoui) iii. Succeed with Seeds Dr Paul Van Mele (Rep Tom iv. Let’s Talk Money BougounaSogoba v. Alimentation des escargots / Feeding of snails Fr Godfrey Nzamujo, SONGHAI, Benin 17.00 – 17.45 Discussions, Voting for the Films, Collation of votes Jacky Nnam 17.45 – 18.00 Announcements Dady 18.00 End of Day 1
    • 4 Day 2: Tuesday, 16th July, 2013 08.30-10.30 Session 5:Farmer-centered web-based network for knowledge management Chair: Dady Demby Facilitator: Krishan Bheenick 08.30 Recap of Previous Day’s Conclusions Jacky Nyagahima 08.40 i. The Film "A Bridge between Science and Farmers" Marc Bernard 09.00 ii. Introduction to eRAILS-2 Marc Bernard 09.10 iii. Stories from the field I: Kenya outputs and outcomes FredahMaina 09.20 iv. Stories from the field II: Guinea outputs and outcomes ElhadjIbrahimaKalil KANDE 09.30 Q & A 09.50 Innovations in Extension Services for Improved Agricultural Productivity in Uganda WinnifredKabachaki 10.00 Outline for Out-scaling of eRAILS2 Concept Eria BWANA-SIMBA 10.10-10.30 Discussions 10.30 - 11.00 Coffee/Tea Break 11.00-13.00 Session 6: Lessons from Experience for future ARD activities (Brainstorming Working Groups) Chair: Myra Wopereis-Pura Facilitator: Dr.Nicky Shongwe 11.00 - 11.10 Synthesis and setting up of working groups and presentation of WG /ToRs 11.10 - 12.00 WG 1:successes, challenges and opportunities for knowledge-driven innovations in Africa agriculture development Adrienne WG 2:strengtheningcommitments by key actors to strategic regional and continental platforms for learning and knowledge exchange Coulibaly WG 3: models for facilitating knowledge exchange among stakeholders to ensure innovation and resilience in ARD Justin 12.00 – 13.00 WG Report out at Plenary & Discussions WG1 WG2 WG3 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
    • 5 14.00 – 15.00 Session 7:Synthesis and main lines for way forward (General roadmap) Plenary Chair: Ifidon Ohiomoba Facilitator: Krishan Bheenick/ Jacky Nyagahima o Drawing from the outputs of the sessions, develop by consensus, overall guidelines/roadmap for the implementation of the outputs of the side events 15.00 – 16.00 o Summary, Conclusions & Closing Highlights Outcome of the Side Event for the Main Conference Plenary 16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea Break Departure Session 1: TOR for Group discussion on learning from experiences Group 1:Opening access to knowledge resources: how have we faired? o What does content mobilisation and knowledge sharing entail? o How to improve on gather evidence of success through documenting and story writing from the field? o Who should play which role for this to happen o How to advocate for investment/resources (skills, equipment, tools, financial, etc.) o Which partnerships/synergies could be developed with existing initiatives or partners at local level o How to put this into practice/implementation: pathways with time lines o How to make sure that this happens - incentives, accountability, and monitoring Group 2:The Learning team model for strengthening KS: what lessons? o What are learning teams? o How are they facilitating learning? o What the mechanisms in place for LT to function? o What tools should be engaged to facilitate knowledge sharing? o What is the convergence between LT and KS pathways? o What are the challenges and how are they being resolved? o How should LT prime knowledge to drive ARD? Group 3: Making information & KS pathways more visible and effective o What does IPTA entail? How has it enhanced KS? o What other KS approaches are there? o Who should play which role for this to happen? o How should it be out-scaled?
    • 6 o What resources (skills, equipment, tools, financial, etc.) would be needed to make this happen? o Which partnerships/synergies should be developed to improve information & knowledge sharing within IPTAs o How to put this into practice/implementation: roadmap with time lines o How to make sure that this happens (monitoring, follow up) Session 6: ToR for Working Groups on lessons for Knowledge sharing in future AR4D WG 1: successes, challenges and opportunities for knowledge-driven innovations in Africa agriculture development. What evidence of success do we have? How can these be out-scaled? What are the challenges for out-scaling? What are the opportunities? What specific arrangements should be in place to ensure success? WG 2:commitments by key actors to strategic regional and continental platforms for learning and knowledge exchange. Which are the continental platforms? What promise do they hold for KS in Africa ARD? How should they be organised? How should they be translated to make impact at sub-regional and national level? Who are the key players? What role should they play? WG 3: models for facilitating knowledge exchange among stakeholders to ensure innovation and resilience in ARD What are the low hanging fruits in existing models? What change or modification is required to make them more functional? Are new models required? What models are available? What potentials do they present for improved KS in ARD?