The recent ‘AgKnowledge Africa’ share fair on the ILRI campus in Addis Ababa brought together more than 300 people from Africa and beyond. The heart of the event was a series of four learning pathways on different subject areas. One of them was on livestock.
The first discussion round aimed to ‘map’ the interests and activities of participants … which ended with participants forming three groups defined by their primary area of action: grassroots level, project level, and organization/policy level. Beatrice Ouma already reported on the discussions from the grassroots and project levels … here we document what the organization people discussed.
What types of knowledge management tasks were on our agenda? They included:
- capturing and sharing knowledge of staff and projects – challenges being to translate knowledge for the right audiences, and to locate often scattered local content
- communicating best practice – through networks
- data collection, analysis and translation with mobile phones – key questions include how to define the right questions, coping with data overload, and turning information into data
- capturing and sharing indigenous knowledge – translating it for wider use, keeping it ‘alive’ and accessible
- co-creating knowledge with partners
- facilitating multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing – which requires good coordination, dialogue that is ‘actionable,’ and a regognituion of the limitations of online platforms
- facilitating dialogue among practitioners
- capturing learning
- improving the quality of operations – by capturing field level knowledge that demonstrates impact and learning
- brokering knowledge sharing – where knowledge champions have a key role
Some over-riding questions emerged:
- How do we communicate and put to use the vast amounts of data and information we already have?
- How do we create truly demand-driven information and information services?
- Should we be shifting our roles from being primarily information service providers to more brokerage roles as information exchange platforms?
The mapping session was followed by a series of presentation/discussions where different people introduced their activities:
- Yetnayet Mamo spoke on DAGRIS – an animal genetic biodiversity system
- Gatarwa Kariuki spoke on livestock market information systems in Kenya
- Joel Lehmann spoke on the use of mobile phones in the East Africa Dairy Development project
- Beth Cullen spoke on ways that participatory video has been used by pastoralists in Ethiopia
- Francis Keita spoke about livestock market information systems in Mali
- Andre van Rooyen spoke on learning and innovation platforms in Zimbabwe
- Sintayehu Alemayehu spoke on livestock early warning systems in Ethiopia
- Silvia Sperandini introduced the a community of practice on pro-poor livestock (COP-PPLD)
Read more about the livestock pathway discussions:
- Livestock Learning Pathway: Feedback from the ‘Grassroots Group’
- Livestock Pathways: Mending the Broken Link
- Livestock Pathways: Mapping actors and knowledge sharing processes
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