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Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet)


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PowerPoint presentation on KAINet presented at the IAALD Africa Chapter session at the Joint Conference of IAALD, AFITA and WCCA, 24 - 27 August 2008, Atsugi, Japan

PowerPoint presentation on KAINet presented at the IAALD Africa Chapter session at the Joint Conference of IAALD, AFITA and WCCA, 24 - 27 August 2008, Atsugi, Japan

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  • 1. Kenya Agricultural Information Network (KAINet) Rachel Rege IAALD-AFITA-WCCA World Conference IAALD Africa Session on Investing in Agricultural Science and Technology in A frica 27 th August 2008
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    • KAINet Project Profile
      • Project Objectives
      • Implementation Process
      • Achievements
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgement
  • 3. KAINet Project Profile
    • Three year project borne out of the challenges identified through international, regional and national consultations – Need for national digital repository
    • Piloted at 5 National Agricultural Research System Institutions:
    • Collaborative project with FAO, ASARECA-RAIN/RAILS, CAB International and national pilot institutions
  • 4. Project Objectives
    • To facilitate the development of institutional policies and strategies on Information and Communication Management (ICM) in agricultural sciences and technology in Kenya
    • To develop a framework for a national network, including selected resource centres and mechanism for fostering institutional collaboration
    • To strengthen human capacities in the key centres
    • To document the process and develop a case study for the development of a national AGRIS Network.
  • 5. Implementation Process
    • Phased approach: I – Activities focused on:
        • Consensus building and planning
        • National and sectoral ICM policy and strategies reviews
        • Institutional Needs Assessment, training workshop
        • Project monitoring and evaluation
    • II – Activities focused on:
        • Capacity building – infrastructure, content and human resource
        • Initial systems development – institutional e-repository
        • ICM policy and strategies – KAINet and institutions
    • III – Activities focused on:
        • Completion of pending activities
        • Awareness creation of KAINet
        • Scaling–up of KAINet activities (nation-wide)
        • Case study documentation
    • IV – Conclusion of pilot activities and preparation for national project role-out
  • 6. Project Achievements
    • Project support and ownership attained
    • Guiding ICM/T policies and strategies reviewed and gaps identified
    • 5 draft ICM/T strategies for pilot institutional developed
    • Capacities on content, infrastructure, HR strengthened
  • 7. …… Achievements
    • Knowledge sharing framework developed
    • National KAINet framework developed
    • PM&E systems established
    • Partnership and team approach enhanced
    • Common tools (standards, methodologies and approaches) applied to support information exchange and sharing
  • 8. Conclusion
    • KAINet project has great potential to improve access to agricultural information and knowledge in Kenya, ECA and Africa.
    • Institutional, national and regional groups own, nurture and sustain information and knowledge as a critical resource.
    • “ The most important assets of nations are not raw materials, physical goods or economic production but human resources keyed in to the information and knowledge revolution (Right, 2000).”
  • 9. Acknowledgements
    • DFID for financial support
    • FAO for technical support including finances, tools and methodologies
    • ASARECA-RAIN for initiating and supporting the basis upon which KAINet was born
    • CABI for technical input and collaboration
    • Pilot institutions for their contribution, participation and commitment to the project
    • KARI Director for support and guidance
  • 10. Thank You for Listening