The 15 Centers supported by the CGIAR and their many national partners are together creating a wealth of knowledge that can help rural communities in developing countries build sustainable livelihoods. Yet, formidable obstacles to uptake and use of generated knowledge as well as impact of CGIAR agricultural research remain. One of the missing elements which has reduced the effectiveness of our research and development (R&D) efforts, is appropriate and effective knowledge sharing, both within Centers and between them and their partners.

There is a longstanding tradition that separates researchers from those that take up their results. The traditional linear, transfer of technology approach has worked at different times for different purpose but does not offer the best solution for agricultural research to contribute to development outcomes. While this approach may have had some success in the past, the ever-changing nature of agricultural products, research development, actors and needs, this approach is no longer appropriate for all the whole of the agricultural research and development arena.

The CGIAR Centers and their partners need to shift to a more demand-driven, interactive approach, in which such methods are developed collaboratively through a shared process of learning and innovation. A key requirement for achieving this shift is that knowledge sharing should no longer be a mere afterthought in research. Instead, it must become an integral part of the whole research process, involving all stakeholders.

Advertisements

The theme of today’s blogging is “Why 2 Web 2.0” and we invite you to post any comments, responses, ideas or thoughts on this particular topic whether you are attending the Web 2.0 for Dev conference or not.

– Do want to or need to share information and knowledge with others?

-Do you work in or with a team that is geographically dispersed? Do you need something to help with communication, working together and sharing with this dispersed team?

-Do you want to improve and increase collaboration with others?

Web 2.0 is a new era of electronic, virtual, online tools and applications which move beyond static posting, managing and sharing of knowledge. Web 2.0 introduces new opportunities for interaction, collaboration, networking, and multi-dimensional sharing.

Have you ever used a blog to have a discussion?

What about a wiki for collaboration on projects with dispersed teams and partners?

There have been a lot of successes in the use of these tools to open up the globe and its people to the vast amount of valuable knowledge in written, visual, audio, video, and interaction with people formats.

So why 2 web 2.0? Because it offers potential for greater, wider, more effective, more efficient, and more participatory working and living.

Why not to web 2.0? Does everybody have the infrastructure, the connectivity, the capacity or even the desire to use these tools?

What do YOU think?

Stay tuned…

Today, Tuesday 25th September is Day 1 of the Web2.0forDev conference taking place at FAO HQ in Rome. The focus of this conference, being held in the midst of the E-Agriculture week is learning about, experiencing and exploring participatory web for development.

Along with other organisations, the CGIAR is helping to organise this interesting and innovative conference. The CGIAR is widely represented at this conference, with 5 presentations being given by CGIAR people, attendance by many IT and IM managers from various centres, as well as other projects from the CGIAR ICT-KM program.

There are people and organisations from around the globe and from various sectors, coming together to share knowledge and experiences of the use of web 2.0 tools in and for development.

To share with others out there the CGIAR representatives here plan to use this blog to present some of the ideas, discussions and approaches featuring in this conference.

Join us each day on this blog, where we will explore a different angle of Web2.0 for Dev:

Tuesday 25th Sept (Day 1)—Why 2 Web 2.0

Wednesday 26th Sept (Day2)—How to Web2.0

Thursday 27th Sept (Day 3)—Where 2 Web 2.0

Stay tuned…