Regional agricultural information and learning systems (RAILS)  of the  Forum for agricultural research in Africa (FARA) M...
The forum for agricultural research in Africa (FARA) <ul><li>Mandated;  </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate & coordinate ARD i...
Knowing the gaps in African agricultural information systems … <ul><li>We build on the strengths of SROs  </li></ul><ul><l...
How will RAILS contribute? <ul><li>1. Advocacy for increased investments  in agricultural information and  learning system...
Building the African platform for ARD Farmers  Scientists Policy makers Extensionists Private sector cross-border knowledg...
RAILS lessons learnt development and implementation of institutional ICM strategies and policies  <ul><li>Understanding th...
Thank you www.fara-africa.org
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Regional Agricultural information and Learning System (RAILS)

  1. 1. Regional agricultural information and learning systems (RAILS) of the Forum for agricultural research in Africa (FARA) Myra Wopereis Director: Access to Knowledge and Technologies On behalf of RAILS taskforce: Krishan Bheenick/Bentry Chaudra, Dady Demby, Jacqueline Nyagahima, (Dorothy Mukhebi), Francois Stepman
  2. 2. The forum for agricultural research in Africa (FARA) <ul><li>Mandated; </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate & coordinate ARD in Africa </li></ul><ul><li>As technical adviser on ARD by the African Union/NEPAD </li></ul><ul><li>As Lead Institution of the African framework on agriculture (CAADP) Pillar 4 (Research and Technology Dissemination) </li></ul><ul><li>Expected results </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate institutional and organisational arrangements for regional agricultural research and development established </li></ul><ul><li>Broad-based stakeholders have access to the knowledge and technology necessary for innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic decision making options for policy, institutions and markets developed </li></ul><ul><li>Human and institutional capacity for innovation developed </li></ul><ul><li>Platforms for agricultural innovation supported </li></ul>NASRO ASARECA CORAF/WECARD CARDESA The building blocks of FARA
  3. 3. Knowing the gaps in African agricultural information systems … <ul><li>We build on the strengths of SROs </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional and organizational support </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Information processing </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership / political support </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges to “information” flows in agricultural research in Africa </li></ul><ul><li>information overload, hoarding </li></ul><ul><li>lack of culture on information use and sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of easily available thematic information and /or its sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of diverse perspectives/dominance of particular voices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>barriers to access due to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills – technical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources ( financial , human , infrastructural) </li></ul></ul>ASARECA - RAIN Established network of AICM specialists Initiated capacity bldg activities CORAF/WECARD Dynamic national partners Experience in use of information systems at subregional level SADC-FANR – AIMS/ICART Resources available to coordinate and build info system Rich database on thematic topics NASRO IT application in agriculture Strong ARD institutions
  4. 4. How will RAILS contribute? <ul><li>1. Advocacy for increased investments in agricultural information and learning systems by African governments and institutions </li></ul><ul><li>2. Improve the access and contribution by African ARD Stakeholders in the global knowledge exchange </li></ul><ul><li>3 . Facilitate agricultural information systems synergies and learning among international and national organizations </li></ul><ul><li>4. Build an African platform for agriculture information and learning systems </li></ul>National focal point National focal point National focal point National focal point FARA RAILS ASARECA: RAIN CORAF Northern Africa SADC-FANR SROs’ Agricultural Information System Regional and global knowledge through information exchange and learning
  5. 5. Building the African platform for ARD Farmers Scientists Policy makers Extensionists Private sector cross-border knowledge sharing Interventions at various levels
  6. 6. RAILS lessons learnt development and implementation of institutional ICM strategies and policies <ul><li>Understanding the partners </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the range of target partners </li></ul><ul><li>Variety in their needs and interventions in rural development through innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Various pathways of information flow </li></ul><ul><li>Part of identification is through consultation/participation, which may be a lengthy process </li></ul><ul><li>Define strategies and policies that all users can relate to - ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure institutional support especially by decision makers and ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Work together with information user and suppliers, and communicate through media familiar to all </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on priorities of partners identified instead of a particular tool </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-perspective approach , (geographically, commodity based or thematically focussed) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a broad framework applicable to the context, culture & political environment </li></ul><ul><li>Added value and contribution of each partner </li></ul><ul><li>Coherence and sustainability at all levels </li></ul>
  7. 7. Thank you www.fara-africa.org

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