Africa / Agriculture / Climate change / Ethiopia / Event / Knowledge and Information

Media a key role in getting our messages out; and in Ethiopia’s development

On April 29th, 2012 a full house of national journalists from government and private media joined UN Communication Officers in a national workshop on the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Ethiopia and the role of media in taking these forward. The presenter from UNDP coordinating the MDG programme in Ethiopia highlighted that … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes: Training around uncertainty and complexity

From 13 to 15 August 2012, the Knowledge Management and Information Services (KMIS) of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) supported a training workshop for the ‘European Union and African Union cooperative research to increase food production in irrigated farming systems in Africa’ (EAU4Food) project which takes place in five countries (Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, South … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Countries / DRYLANDSCRP / Event / ILRI / ILRIComms / India / Knowledge and Information / Livestock / Mozambique / South Asia / Southern Africa

imGoats project draws on communication support to maximise impacts

The imGoats project aims to increase incomes and food security in a sustainable manner by enhancing pro-poor small ruminant value chains in India and Mozambique. It is running until December 2012 and five months before its end, project members recently examined what the project can contribute in terms of useful lessons and outputs of different sorts … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / East Africa / Event / ILRI / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / WLE

Communication coalition helping rainfed systems research program to ‘keep the flame’

The CGIAR world is currently in a whirlwind of workshops coinciding with the launch of various large research programs or of specific sub-sets of activities under these programs. From 12-14 June, 2012, the Tribe Hotel in Nairobi hosted one such workshop dedicated to the specific activities of the ‘Rainfed systems‘ strategic research program (SRP) and ecosystems … Continue reading

Agriculture / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

CGIAR knowledge sharing – connecting researchers and farmers

In its RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR called for knowledge sharing systems that engage with smallholder farmers to improve the management of their crops, livestock and natural resources in order to increase production as well as minimize negative environmental impacts. Four CGIAR knowledge management specialists share their experiences on AlertNet: Peter Ballantyne (International Livestock Research Institute – … Continue reading

Agriculture / Film and Video / ILRIComms / Livestock

Voices from the field: Using multimedia to tell livestock stories

In 2010 the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) started making photofilms to capture event highlights and to tell stories about people who depend on livestock for their livelihoods, food, income and cropping. What are photofilms? A photofilm combines (mostly still) photographs and audio recordings in a multimedia product, usually just a few minutes in length. … Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate change / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

Social learning and climate change: CGIAR and partners in the (local) decision-making whirlwind

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) last week convened a workshop on communication and social learning in climate change. How did we tackle to challenge of facilitating a ‘social learning’ process with a room full of facilitators and communicators? CCAFS seeks to “overcome the threats to agriculture and food … Continue reading