T6: Partnership and Knowledge Sharing for Development

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T6: Making research and science reach farmers and end users - The above presentation was presented during the poster session for Market Place of the LWD in 17 December 2013. Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems for Rural Development and Food Security Improvement, By Dr. Magdi Latif, Knowledge Outreach and Capacity Development Division - FAO of the United Nations, , Land and Water Days in Near East & North Africa, 15-18 December 2013, Amman, Jordan

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  • Lessons learned
    Together, these elements ensured the sustainability and growth of the project.
    The project has now received donor support to expand throughout Egypt.
  • T6: Partnership and Knowledge Sharing for Development

    1. 1. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Partnership and Knowledge Sharing for Development Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems For Rural Development and Food Security Improvement Magdi Latif Knowledge Outreach and Capacity Development Division FAO of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    2. 2. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Outline • COMPLETED PROJECT NARIMS – National Agricultural Research Information Management System VERCON – Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network RADCON – Rural and Agricultural Development Communication Network NAIS – NATIONAL Agricultural Information System MAFNET – Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Information Network NAKEMS – NATIONAL Agricultural Knowledge Exchange Management System • ONGOING PROJECT HORTISUN – Horticulture information Support System Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    3. 3. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Agricultural Research Network Model What is NARIMS? NARIMS: National Agriculture Research Information Management System. http://www.arc.sci.eg Sharing Information for Strengthening Research It is a Web based bi-lingual information system aimed at capturing and disseminating information about: Research institutions Researchers of those institutions Publications and Research Results issued by those researchers Projects completed or currently active National Agriculture and Veterinary Research Plan in Egypt It has: Backend - Content Management System for data management Frontend - For data browsing and searching Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    4. 4. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Agricultural Research Network Model National Agricultural Research Information Management System Bilingual (Arabic and English) Agricultural Research information system implemented in Egypt Achievements: Strengthened the KIM capacity of the Agricultural Research Centre (ARC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Development and management of relevant and effective national agricultural research information system in support of agricultural and rural development and food security policies. Networked all ARC agricultural institutions through a national portal/system Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    5. 5. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    6. 6. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Lessons Learned Institutional support Support from senior management is crucial for the success of a cooperative system such as NARIMS. Building on existing systems When developing NARIMS, significant savings in time, effort and money were made by adopting and/or adapting tools and methodologies developed by FAO. Locally adapted content and context NARIMS contains agricultural research information produced in Egypt. Capacity building A significant effort has been made to strengthen the capacity of institutions and people to provide the right content and to access relevant information. Strengthening partnerships and participation cooperation and coordination between researchers, whether they are within the same institute or in different institutes or organizations. The establishment of a Steering Committee provided an enabling policy environment for the management of NARIMS. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    7. 7. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Rural Agricultural Network Model RESEARCH VERCON Institutional Linkages Virtual Extension Research Communication Network VERCON is an information and communication network that: •supports research/extension interaction and flow of information, and •strengthens Linkages between research/extension for the benefits of farmers. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations EXTENSION FARMERS
    8. 8. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL Workshop on Agricultural Information Strategies – Dubai 10-12 January 2004 COMMUNITIES Meeting the challenge with ICTs  Provision of readily accessible information  Management of large amounts of data, in real-time  Two-way, horizontal and vertical communications 1. Problem 2. Query and discussion 3. Solution and new information shared Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    9. 9. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL Workshop on Agricultural Information Strategies – Dubai 10-12 January 2004 COMMUNITIES The Structure Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    10. 10. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Main functions News and events Multimedia Resources Center Questions and Answers Directory Agricultural technology Links Forum of discussion Newsletter Market information Weather Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    11. 11. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL Workshop on Agricultural Information Strategies – Dubai 10-12 January 2004 COMMUNITIES in Egypt www.vercon.sci.eg Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    12. 12. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Lessons learned • Relevant and appropriate content • Good management and coordination • System relevance and sustainability Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    13. 13. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Rural Agricultural Network Model Rural and Agricultural Development Communication Network in Egypt (RADCON) Project Aim To improve the communication between extension, research, private and public sectors and institutions involved in rural and agricultural development for the benefit of farmers and agrarian businesses at rural and village level. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    14. 14. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Project Objectives  A sustainable operational dynamic information and communication system is to be developed that responds to the stakeholders requirements including resource poor communities.  Fifty resource poor communities are to be identified and enabled to participate in the RADCON activities and benefit of its knowledge and information resources  Innovative media communication program is developed to increase the benefit of RADCON. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    15. 15. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES RADCON Network Sites www.radcon.sci.eg Sites Start Planned Current Research Institute (RI) Regional Research Station (RRS) Specialized Research stations Central Administration (CA) Agricultural Directorate (AD) Extension Centres Universities NGO ICD Units Villages 2 3 0 2 3 25 0 0 0 0 3 6 16 4 9 73 2 3 0 50 8 8 31 3 19 96 7 3 7 50 Total 35 166 232 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    16. 16. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES www.radcon.sci.eg Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    17. 17. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Lessons Learned  Government support and collaboration is very important.  Institutional Capacity building for human and physical resources Development are essential for the project to succeed and sustain.  Building trust and respect to the national counterparts is very important in building partnership with them for the project success.  The establishment of Info. and Comm. for Development unit (ICD) is a strong evidence for proving that the institutional Development is playing an important role for project success and sustainability.  Close collaborations and cooperation between ICT and ICD team (Counterparts and Backstopping) is play an important role for project success. Team work is the real key for project success. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    18. 18. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    19. 19. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    20. 20. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES ONGOING PROJECT Horticulture Information Support System - [HORTISUN] Project Objectives Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation to establish an effective and efficient horticulture sector information support network in support of rural and agricultural development in Egypt. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    21. 21. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES PROJECT OUTPUTS  Output 1: A stakeholder analysis identified and a national information dissemination strategy for horticulture science and technology formulated.  Output 2: A central horticulture information and communication unit within ARC established.  Output 3: A Horticulture Information Support Network (HORTISUN) and an Arabic version of Hortivar and related website  Output 4: The operational agriculture TV satellite channel strengthened for communication with growers and horticulture business operators. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    22. 22. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES PROJECT OUTPUTS  Output 5: Interface with small holder farmers enhanced in order to debate on their constraints and facilitate interaction with specialised research units, central laboratories, private sector stakeholders and stakeholders of the horticulture industry and donors’ community.  Output 6: A team of professional staff in the horticulture sector trained and scaled-up their capacities in modern information management through HORTISUN and Arabic HORTIVAR.  Output 7: A project proposal for further development of HORTISUN for enhancing its resource mobilization capabilities to fund its operations. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    23. 23. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES PIPELINE PROJECT National Agricultural Research Knowledge and Innovation Network - [NARKIN] MALR/ARC Challenges - Coming to grips with the growing importance of the market and agribusiness; Strengthening its position at the frontiers of agricultural science, and giving focused attention to the technical and social problems of the many poor rural families; - Transforming MALR/ARC resource allocation process into competitive based system, through research consortia to enhance the efficiency of its human capital and technological capacities that are already in place; and - Strengthen the role of agricultural research for rural poverty reduction, income growth and enhanced quality of life in a market oriented context.  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    24. 24. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES PIPELINE PROJECT National Agricultural Research Knowledge and Innovation Network - [NARKIN] The Proposed Project aims to: Support MALR and ARC in meeting these challenges and the development and implementation of innovations in agriculture through collaboration among farmers, private sector, faculties of agriculture, civil society and public sector organizations, in response to the new opportunities and constraints created by the transformation of the sector. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    25. 25. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES PIPELINE PROJECT National Agricultural Research Knowledge and Innovation Network - [NARKIN] Project Outputs Create an enabling policy and institutional environment and build skills and culture to maximize benefits from R&D activities in terms of supportive information and dissemination systems; Support the transformation of ARC research system into consortium framework as a competitive business development system and technology commercialization models; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    26. 26. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES PIPELINE PROJECT National Agricultural Research Knowledge and Innovation Network - [NARKIN] Project Outputs Support the establishment of partnerships with faculties of Agriculture and other relevant research centres, private sector and NGOs to focus on the production to consumption systems, market-oriented research alliance and enhance competitiveness of the sector’s production systems to improve the incomes and well-being of farm families in the disadvantaged areas of the country and to empower rural local communities; and Support the generation of innovations processes, information sharing, capacity building and human resources development. ; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    27. 27. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    28. 28. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Countries Focal Points are actively Participating and providing contribution to the Regional Thematic Knowledge Networks Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    29. 29. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Member Countries Representatives are contributing to and benefits of knowledge networks at national, regional and global levels. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    30. 30. LAND AND WATER DAYS – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT RURAL COMMUNITIES Thank You Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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