Beyond agricultural information access – shared learning experiences in Solomon Islands Peter Walton
 
Solomon Islands – key data <ul><li>population – ca. 600,000 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>population growth rate – 2.4% </...
Conflict ... and peace <ul><li>Ethnic tension, 1999–2003 </li></ul><ul><li>New flare-up, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Now ... st...
Rural Development Programme <ul><li>Five-year project, funded World Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Component 2 – assist Min of Ag ...
ICM in Solomon Islands <ul><li>Prior to 1999 – sort of worked </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1985: SIBAF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>199...
RDP activities <ul><li>Information needs assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a strategy with and by stakeholders <...
Solomons National Agricultural Information System <ul><li>co-operative library catalogue, 3,417 records </li></ul><ul><li>...
Benefits of collaboration <ul><li>increasingly confident operators </li></ul><ul><li>matrix-like co-ordination enhances su...
Access and usage <ul><li>40 run-time installations of SoNAIS </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed on CD or memory stick </li></ul...
The reality
Reaching the people <ul><li>What can the researcher say? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>example, digital photo collection </li></ul...
Social knowledge networking <ul><li>Health Communities Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded Commonwealth of Learning </l...
Okay ... to work <ul><li>Opportunities for maximising access to quality agricultural information </li></ul><ul><li>Greater...
Acknowledgements <ul><li>World Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Development Programme Team </li></ul><ul><li>SI Ministry of Ag...
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Presentation by Peter Walton (Information Works) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Monptellier, France

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Beyond agricultural information access – shared learning experiences in Solomon Islands

  1. 1. Beyond agricultural information access – shared learning experiences in Solomon Islands Peter Walton
  2. 3. Solomon Islands – key data <ul><li>population – ca. 600,000 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>population growth rate – 2.4% </li></ul><ul><li>size – 29,986 m 2 </li></ul><ul><li>GDP – USD 668 m (2009 est.) </li></ul><ul><li>GDP growth rate – 0% </li></ul><ul><li>exports – timber, fish, copra, palm oil, cocoa </li></ul><ul><li>imports – food, plant & equipment, manufactured goods, fuel, chemicals </li></ul>
  3. 4. Conflict ... and peace <ul><li>Ethnic tension, 1999–2003 </li></ul><ul><li>New flare-up, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Now ... stable, but it is an election year </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), 2003– </li></ul><ul><li>Development assistance – CSP, RDP </li></ul>
  4. 5. Rural Development Programme <ul><li>Five-year project, funded World Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Component 2 – assist Min of Ag & Livestock improve agricultural services to smallholders </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>services ceased during taim tenson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insufficient resources R & D, staff development, operating costs & logistical support at the provincial level </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. ICM in Solomon Islands <ul><li>Prior to 1999 – sort of worked </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1985: SIBAF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1999 to 2003 – everiwan i ran-away finis </li></ul><ul><li>Post 2003 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2003: SPC support for digital library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2005: CTA info needs assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: Training provided, management info centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: RDP information adviser starts </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. RDP activities <ul><li>Information needs assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a strategy with and by stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>information for development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information for education & training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information for research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>national agricultural information network </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Solomons National Agricultural Information System <ul><li>co-operative library catalogue, 3,417 records </li></ul><ul><li>publications database, 116 e-docs </li></ul><ul><li>bibliographic database of Pacific agricultural journal articles (from 1920) </li></ul><ul><li>PNGNAIS databases, 33,029 records </li></ul><ul><li>prototype databases of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research projects </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Benefits of collaboration <ul><li>increasingly confident operators </li></ul><ul><li>matrix-like co-ordination enhances sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>mediated access to large quantities of information and the source </li></ul><ul><li>discovery and organisation of ‘hidden collections’ as well as existing collections </li></ul><ul><li>‘ piggybacking’ on existing networks </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity to show clients what is possible </li></ul>
  9. 10. Access and usage <ul><li>40 run-time installations of SoNAIS </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed on CD or memory stick </li></ul><ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training institutions and schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PFnet </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. The reality
  11. 12. Reaching the people <ul><li>What can the researcher say? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>example, digital photo collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>example, commentaries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pipol Fastaem Network (PFnet) – low-cost email stations </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Learning Centres </li></ul>
  12. 13. Social knowledge networking <ul><li>Health Communities Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded Commonwealth of Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isabel Province, 80 people involved in community radio at eight sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Farmer Information Networks Solomon Islands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not yet funded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Malaita Province </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Okay ... to work <ul><li>Opportunities for maximising access to quality agricultural information </li></ul><ul><li>Greater opportunities for stakeholders at all levels to interact with, contribute to and share information and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Towards a social knowledge network in Melanesia </li></ul>
  14. 15. Acknowledgements <ul><li>World Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Development Programme Team </li></ul><ul><li>SI Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock </li></ul><ul><li>Participating institutions: MAL, KGB, CEMA, NGOs, PNGNAIS </li></ul><ul><li>Other supporters – CTA, SPC </li></ul><ul><li>but primarily the operators and users </li></ul>
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