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Sharing results: Communication within the Napier grass disease resistance project

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Presented by Genevieve Renard and Esther Gacheru (ILRI) to the ASARECA/ILRI Workshop on Mitigating the Impact of Napier Grass Smut and Stunt Diseases, Addis Ababa, June 2-3, 2010.

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Sharing results: Communication within the Napier grass disease resistance project

  1. 1. Sharing results: communication within the Napier grass disease resistance project Presented at the ASARECA/ILRI Workshop on Mitigating the Impact of Napier Grass Smut and Stunt Diseases, Addis Ababa, June 2-3, 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place </li></ul><ul><li>G.B.Shaw, 1925 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Our job: To put research results into words and images while collaborating with our partners </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for knowledge sharing in the project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal communication and exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge sharing information </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Did communication take place in our project? And how? <ul><li>Project launch in KARI, Kenya in 2008 relayed by Kenyan newspapers, KARI newsletters, leaflets, radio shows, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Project launch in Uganda in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 3 years, workshops, stakeholder meetings, posters, agricultural shows, scientific reports, etc </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Thanks to the information disseminated by our partners we know now that: </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer’s knowledge on Napier stunt disease has increased </li></ul><ul><li>Napier stunt disease incidence on farms has reduced and, </li></ul><ul><li>Fodder yields have improved thanks to best management practices </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Food for thought </li></ul><ul><li>Did one ever wonder about the other country’s stakeholder meetings? </li></ul><ul><li>How was it set up? What were the interactions like? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Website http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/ <ul><ul><li>To raise awareness about the Napier grass diseases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To link between the project partners, donors, coordinators and stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To have a wider audience to share the project’s ongoing work and outputs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To show visibility to donors </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  9. 9. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  10. 10. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  11. 11. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  12. 12. Structured navigation layout throughout the site makes it easy for users to locate their position in the website and move back and forth between the pages. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  13. 13. Google sites integrate with other Google products e.g. Google docs. This makes it easy to embed documents in a webpage. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  14. 14. Search function that makes it easy for users to search for information in the site. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  15. 15. Links to the other social media tools used http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/
  16. 16. http://sites.google.com/site/napiergrassdiseaseresistance/ RSS feeds that you can subscribe to
  17. 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/sets/72157623669425897/
  18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/sets/72157623669425897/
  19. 19. http://mahider.ilri.org/handle/10568/840
  20. 20. http://ongoing-research.cgiar.org/napier-grass-smut-and-stunt-resistance
  21. 21. http://www.slideshare.net/ILRI/presentations
  22. 23. Food for thought <ul><li>Did we create a community of practice around Napier grass diseases in the region that will survive the lifespan of the project? </li></ul><ul><li>How can knowledge sharing and communication play a role in reinforcing the community of practice? </li></ul>
  23. 25. <ul><li>When the project finishes, in terms of practices, research findings, etc only drive and commitment from people will create a community of practice </li></ul><ul><li>A community of practice is considered a rich potential source of helpful information </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Let us start by exchanging e-mails and hope to share information and practices about Napier grass outside of this meeting! </li></ul>

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