Fanos Mekonnen, Ermias Sehai and Dirk Hoekstra                                                                            ...
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Innovative approaches of knowledge management in agriculture: The case of IPMS, Ethiopia


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Poster prepared by Fanos Mekonnen, Ermias Sehai and Dirk Hoekstra for Tropentag 2012: Resilience of Agricultural Systems against Crises, Gottingen, Germany, 19-21 September 2012.

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Innovative approaches of knowledge management in agriculture: The case of IPMS, Ethiopia

  1. 1. Fanos Mekonnen, Ermias Sehai and Dirk Hoekstra September, 2012Objective: Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) project aimed atdeveloping Agricultural Knowledge Management systems at different levels in theextension system for improved access to knowledge on technology and institutionalinnovation.Approaches: The project focused on selected knowledge management tools,approaches, and methods that are relevant and practical to the on-the-ground realities of theextension staff, development agents and farmers in the districts in which it operates. Theproject approach linked knowledge management and capacity development for development Achievementsof market oriented agriculture.  28 fully equipped knowledge Knowledge Management 3. Knowledge Sharing centers in the regions, zones 1. Knowledge Capturing and districts were made functional.  Strengthened and capacitated 40 FTCs.  Produced seven commodity Workshops, seminars Knowledge centers were set up and videos and distributed DVDs equipped with computers, TV/DVD players, books, manuals, periodicals... Exhibitions and farmer to for scaling out best practices. farmer exchanges  Developed and partly institutionalized the Ethiopian Agriculture Portal ( Farmers’ field days, study tours, exchange visits, seminars, videos radios and exhibitions are held to help advance knowledge sharing  Published 30 working papers study tours and on job training on specific topics and to help develop a knowledge sharing with field visits were organized culture. that documented lessons, studies, and research analysis.  Supported 120 MSc thesis Students working on their thesis research work. research  Broadcasted participatory 2. Knowledge Storing agricultural radio series in local languages.  Promoted collection and dissemination of market information at district level. Short videos on commodity value chain Ethiopian Agriculture Portal (EAP) - development and written documentations were a web-based repository of produced for knowledge storing and sharing. agricultural documents and information relevant to Ethiopia. Offline version of the portal is available Lessons for places with limited internet connection.  There is a need for an overall understanding of knowledge asCapacity Development a critical ‘input’ to agriculturalStrengthened capacity of institutions and staff through: development. This needs to be  Formal and in-service training for experts at extension offices internalized among program  Capacitating Farmer training centers for enhanced knowledge management implementers at all levels.  Supporting MSc and BSc trainings and research initiatives  It is crucial that KM strategies  Developing knowledge management infrastructure in Ministry of are coupled with capacity Agriculture development strategies of a  Creating/strengthening linkages with commodity value chain actors program for an efficient and sustainable impact.Fanos Mekonnen ● Addis Ababa Ethiopia ● ,