CA knowledge and information management. The case of ACT. Hamisi Mzoba
Conservation Agriculture Knowledge and Information Management: The case of ACT by Hamisi Mzoba and Saidi Mkomwa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, Brisbane, Australia 26-30 September 2011
Outline • Knowledge and Information Management functions for ACT • Tasks and pathways • Key stakeholders for CA information sharing • SWOT analysis • Way forwardScaling Up CA in Africa
Knowledge and Information Management Functions One Stop Information Support Facility Knowledge memory “bank” and learning Stimulate & strengthen strategic thinking and networking on CA and Natural Resource Management Promotion, lobbying and advocacy Training support on CA and Sustainable Land Management``
functions cont….. Web-based platform for knowledge and information support to members and others (www.act-africa.org) CA databases and intranets support for on-going CA/NRM projects Electronic newsletters and special topic forums.
Tasks and Pathways Conservation Agriculture National task forces (CANTFs) List serves, on-going projects and on-line communications Conservation Agriculture Regional Working Groups e.g. CARWG currently supported by FAO-Southern Africa. Tailor made and International CA training courses
Tasks and Pathways cont… Web based sharing, blogging Promotional materials (booklets, fliers, posters, brochures) Audio visuals (Radio, Televisions etc) Meetings (workshops, Conferences etc) Use of social networks communications (Face book, Twitter etc)
Key stakeholders for CA KIM sharing: Farmers (small, medium and large scale) Technicians Development partners Policy makers Researchers Academia Private sector Media
Strengths Existence of local, regional and international knowledge networks e.g. ACT, Infonet-Biovision, African land care network and Eco-agriculture, FAO-CoP among others. Conservation Agriculture National task forces (CANTFs) for managing country specific information Conservation Agriculture Working Groups e.g. CARWG (for ease in coordination of CA stakeholders in specific regions). ACT sub-regional offices and partners organization across the globe Own and partners CA organized meetings and events (e.g WCCA)
Weaknesses Project focused other than network wide focus Limited data gathering structure and tools. Isolated operations among stakeholders promoting CA Lack of catalogued and accessible documentation centre Poor flow of information on on-going CA projects and activities across the continent
Opportunities Access to a wide range of development partners in subject thematic areas of CA/NRM, climate change etc Active and functional CA National Task Forces in some countries Supportive Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Use of social networks communications (Face book, Twitter, blogging) Exchange fora among key stakeholders (Farmers, policy makers, technicians) Access to key stakeholder information systems and data bases
Threats Lack of comprehensive data usable for policy advocacy Undocumented success stories among key stakeholders Lack of common definition and understanding of CA among practitioners Lack of centralized factual information and data on CA Highly variable CA farmer conditions across agro ecological systems Lack of value chain approaches
Way Forward Formation of platforms for information sharing and exchange of experiences among all stakeholders Develop tools for information gathering from project leaders and other contributors Strive to build effective national task forces in all CA-active countries. Engage the CA task forces to supply national level related information Conduct a GIS supported mapping of CA adoption, prospects and spread To promote dissemination of targeted CA alternatives and approaches through training and capacity development To reinforce existing knowledge networks on CA, building their institutional capacities and establishing sustainable South-South and North-South research partnerships to allow exchange and dissemination
In Conclusion: How do we capture without bias, the CA success stories/failures, share information, coordinate and network to ensure effective support to CA scaling up? Accessibility to knowledge and information of CA will create more demand (networking) among stakeholders.