Denise BesaiProject Coordinator,CARDIICTObservatory Meeting – Strengthening e-agriculture strategies in ACP countries24-26 April, 2013The Netherlands
AboutCARDI ICTs in the agricultural Research Process Knowledge sharing and collaboration tools in theAgricultural Research Cycle ICTs deployed at CARDI Challenges to ICT Deployment at CARDI Early Initiatives What has CARDI been doing…. Project: Using ICTs to strengthen agricultural value chains inthe Caribbean
Established in 1975, to servethe agricultural research anddevelopment needs of 12members states. Work programme designed toachieve the regional objectivesoutlined for advancing theagricultural sector and thedemands of our stakeholders
Strategic Axis I:Development of SustainableScience, Technology and Innovationdeployed to contribute to the Region’s foodand nutrition security all within the contextof the optimal utilisation and conservationof our natural resources.Strategic Axis 2:Development of Strategic LinkagesWork with agencies / institutions to acquirethe resources needed to deliver effectiveResearch for Development (R4D) and thepromotion of CARDIStrategic Axis 3 :Institutional Capacity BuildingProgrammes to build the capacity of CARDIstaff, as well as that of partners andstakeholders and to mobilise and managehuman and physicalStrategic Axis I Commodity Development Crops and Livestock Germplasm Emerging Issues Protected Agriculture Biotechnology development Technical systems and services Promotion of Science,Technology and Innovation Invasive species management Climate change for agriculture development Soil management Water managementStrategic Axis 2 Regional R&D strategies Relationships with key institutions and partners Membership base of CARDI and “Friends ofCARDI” Branding CARDI as the preferred R&D institutionin CARICOMStrategic Axis 3 Donor/resource agency mobilisation Technical assistance CARDI commercial activities Human resource capacity Rebrand human capacity; talent management Maintenance
Information and CommunicationTechnologies: Makes the research process more inclusive and focused Facilitates greater collaboration (conceptualization,application of results) Facilitates access to data, information and knowledge Enables the sharing of research results , knowledge Encourages participation decision making processDefinition:Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can bedescribed as a combination of hardware, software and the meansof production that enable the exchange, processing andmanagement of information and knowledge
IdentifyingresearchprioritiesPlanningresearchConducting theresearchDevelopingresearch resultsinto outputsDisseminationof results andproductsUnderstand stakeholder needsConsult with wider group of stakeholdersICTs provide ways forpeople to becomeinvolvedICTs facilitates datacollection, analysis andvalidation, monitoringresearch progress,information sharingICTs allows for collaborationand feedback on thedevelopment of informationproductionVarious pathwaysfor information toflow to targetgroupsAdopted from: CGIAR ICT-KM ProgramManning andThomas 2009
Inadequate financial resources Inadequate human capacity Retaining ICT expertise is difficult Outsource a number of critical activities: website maintenance,upgrade and maintenance of infrastructure Lack of awareness of new and emerging tools/applications etc. Lack of investment in ICT by CARDI cripples researchers fromadopting and using ICT Data generated – info. Generated from donor funded not availableto the public – ownership, confidentiality Political – need to respond to political directorate. If they don’t seethe need for ICTs then incorporating tools and applications may notbe very easy…
CAIS (Caribbean Agricultural Information Service)Designed to provide access to timely, accurate, relevant andcurrent agricultural information to stakeholders. At thenational level focused on collecting, analysing andrepackaging information. Procicaribe (Program for Cooperation of Institutes ofAgricultural Science andTechnology in the Caribbean)This network linked different agricultural services togetherin the Caribbean. It was established with support fromCARDI, IDB, and IICA in 1996. Each regional network had aregional coordinator and a group of national coordinatorsrepresenting the nationalprograms.
Project Design :Google docs, email and SkypeE-Discussion (Pre-Workshop):D-groups platform, to elicit feedback from a diverse range of stakeholdersWorkshop :40 participants, workshop streamed over the internet, proceedings available onCARDI website, media reports generated and broadcasted across all forms ofthe regional media (radio, tv, newspaper)Development of Policy BriefsDrafts discussed via GoTo Meeting, usedWeb 2.0 tools to review and finalisedrafts, Policy Briefs and all information generated during the projectavailable online
Policies and plans for ICTs in the AgriculturalSector in the Region
MediumTerm Plan Outreach and communication strategy Internal communication Strengthen the “weak” linkages between research andextension Capacity building measures with international partners andthe private sector Continue to lobby for funding to improve agriculturalinformation and communication management Increased investment in the ICT infrastructure and tools Development of Policy Options and engaging on PolicyDialogue to encourage the adoption of ICTs in agriculturalresearch
Deliberately designing and implementing appropriate andsustainable ICT components in agricultural research anddevelopment projects Monitoring and Evaluation (M+E) Unit at CARDI to evaluatethe impact of projects
A 2 year project that will help us to better understandICT uses in agricultural value chains in the Caribbean. Activities Stakeholder consultation ICT Study of the Roots andTubers and Small RuminantsValueChain (identify innovative models, projects and recommendationsthat can be later shared with other ACP Regions) Policy Brief Development Media Relations to make public the progress of the project andthe results
Elements of an e-agriculture strategy will beidentified in the Synthesis reportFactors to be considered: Role of youth and women and disenfranchised groups Role of the private sector Policy environment and ways of strengthening it Investment Content management – dealing with traditionalknowledge and grassroots groups
Thank youwww.cardi.orgImproving lives through agricultural research
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