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Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network (VERCON)


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Presentation by Sophie Treinen (FAO) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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Virtual Extension and Research Communication Network (VERCON)

  1. 1. Sophie Treinen Information and Knowledge Management Officer Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Montpellier 26-29 April 2010
  2. 2. The problem? <ul><li>Weak linkages between agricultural research and extension are limiting the contribution of these services to the farming community and thereby to agricultural development and food security </li></ul>
  3. 3. The challenge <ul><li>To improve access to agricultural information and enhance communication , knowledge-sharing and lesson learning among and within the human, institutional and social components of agricultural production systems. </li></ul>
  4. 4. A conceptual model <ul><li>To enhance interaction among agricultural research, extension, farmers and the other stakeholders of agriculture and rural development  </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate knowledge-sharing and access to agricultural information among and between institutions and individuals </li></ul>
  5. 5. How ? <ul><li>Using collaborative techniques and innovative methods of communication such as Internet-based ICTs </li></ul><ul><li>Creating opportunities for collaborative work </li></ul>
  6. 6. The strategy <ul><li>VERCON supports networking through two fully integrated and interdependent components </li></ul><ul><li>Human </li></ul><ul><li>Technological </li></ul>
  7. 7. The advantages
  8. 8. How to build it?
  9. 9. Main functions <ul><li>News and events </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia resources   </li></ul><ul><li>Question and Answer </li></ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forum </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Market information </li></ul><ul><li>Training      </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative information </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Links </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul>
  10. 10. Success factors
  11. 11. Success factors
  12. 12. Experience
  13. 13. Lessons learned <ul><li>1. Enabling environment </li></ul><ul><li>2. Institutionalisation of the network </li></ul><ul><li>3. Network facilitation  </li></ul><ul><li>4. A knowledge-sharing culture </li></ul><ul><li>5. People, not only technology </li></ul>
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