CA knowledge and information management. The case of ACT. Hamisi Mzoba

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CA knowledge and information management. The case of ACT. Hamisi Mzoba

  1. 1. Conservation Agriculture Knowledge and Information Management: The case of ACT by Hamisi Mzoba and Saidi Mkomwa Email: info@act-africa.org 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, Brisbane, Australia 26-30 September 2011
  2. 2. Outline • Knowledge and Information Management functions for ACT • Tasks and pathways • Key stakeholders for CA information sharing • SWOT analysis • Way forwardScaling Up CA in Africa
  3. 3. Knowledge and Information Management Functions  One Stop Information Support Facility  Knowledge memory “bank” and learning  Stimulate & strengthen strategic thinking and networking on CA and Natural Resource Management  Promotion, lobbying and advocacy  Training support on CA and Sustainable Land Management``
  4. 4. functions cont….. Web-based platform for knowledge and information support to members and others (www.act-africa.org) CA databases and intranets support for on-going CA/NRM projects Electronic newsletters and special topic forums.
  5. 5. Tasks and Pathways Conservation Agriculture National task forces (CANTFs) List serves, on-going projects and on-line communications Conservation Agriculture Regional Working Groups e.g. CARWG currently supported by FAO-Southern Africa. Tailor made and International CA training courses
  6. 6. Tasks and Pathways cont… Web based sharing, blogging Promotional materials (booklets, fliers, posters, brochures) Audio visuals (Radio, Televisions etc) Meetings (workshops, Conferences etc) Use of social networks communications (Face book, Twitter etc)
  7. 7. Key stakeholders for CA KIM sharing:  Farmers (small, medium and large scale)  Technicians  Development partners  Policy makers  Researchers  Academia  Private sector  Media
  8. 8. Strengths Existence of local, regional and international knowledge networks e.g. ACT, Infonet-Biovision, African land care network and Eco-agriculture, FAO-CoP among others. Conservation Agriculture National task forces (CANTFs) for managing country specific information Conservation Agriculture Working Groups e.g. CARWG (for ease in coordination of CA stakeholders in specific regions). ACT sub-regional offices and partners organization across the globe Own and partners CA organized meetings and events (e.g WCCA)
  9. 9. Weaknesses Project focused other than network wide focus Limited data gathering structure and tools. Isolated operations among stakeholders promoting CA Lack of catalogued and accessible documentation centre Poor flow of information on on-going CA projects and activities across the continent
  10. 10. Opportunities Access to a wide range of development partners in subject thematic areas of CA/NRM, climate change etc Active and functional CA National Task Forces in some countries Supportive Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Use of social networks communications (Face book, Twitter, blogging) Exchange fora among key stakeholders (Farmers, policy makers, technicians) Access to key stakeholder information systems and data bases
  11. 11. Threats Lack of comprehensive data usable for policy advocacy Undocumented success stories among key stakeholders Lack of common definition and understanding of CA among practitioners Lack of centralized factual information and data on CA Highly variable CA farmer conditions across agro ecological systems Lack of value chain approaches
  12. 12. Way Forward Formation of platforms for information sharing and exchange of experiences among all stakeholders Develop tools for information gathering from project leaders and other contributors Strive to build effective national task forces in all CA-active countries. Engage the CA task forces to supply national level related information Conduct a GIS supported mapping of CA adoption, prospects and spread To promote dissemination of targeted CA alternatives and approaches through training and capacity development To reinforce existing knowledge networks on CA, building their institutional capacities and establishing sustainable South-South and North-South research partnerships to allow exchange and dissemination
  13. 13. In Conclusion: How do we capture without bias, the CA success stories/failures, share information, coordinate and network to ensure effective support to CA scaling up? Accessibility to knowledge and information of CA will create more demand (networking) among stakeholders.
  14. 14. THANK YOU

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