Africa / Caribbean / ICT / ILRI / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

ODK used by ILRI for livestock data collection

Data collecting is a vital part of research for development work, as the results inform good decision making. Paper based system have been used to collect data in the field and for monitoring and evaluation of projects in rural areas. However, this approach is time consuming, labour intensive, error prone that may affect productivity and … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / East Africa / Event / ICT / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information

Facilitating large events – Lessons from the ict4ag Rwanda conference

This year’s most important event in the world of agricultural information and knowledge took place from 4 to 8 November in Kigali, Rwanda. ict4ag brought together over 400 participants eager to share ideas, questions, and applications supporting the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agricultural development. The event was led by the Technical Centre … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / CCAFS / Climate change / Europe / Event / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Latin America / North America / Pacific

Climate Change Knowledge Exchange: Great conversations, good learning, but one step missing for transformation and action?

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) hosted a ‘Climate Change Knowledge Exchange‘ on 5-6 March 2013. The exchange which was designed with the intention of being ‘an antidote to death by Powerpoint‘, was co-created on the Climate Change and Social Learning (CCSL) sandbox – which was set up by ILRI and the CGIAR Research Program on … Continue reading

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 / Asia / Europe / Event / ICT / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Latin America / Social media / WLE

Online peer-assists: learning about concrete solutions for water and land management research

Since January 2012, the Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF) is holding more and more structured learning events. Communication specialists from five out of the six basins of the program (Andes, Ganges, Mekong, Nile and Volta) have been gathering every month at a fixed date to engage in ‘peer assists’. These social learning events have … Continue reading

Africa / CCAFS / Climate change / ILRIComms / Knowledge and Information / Social media

Connect, engage, share and learn: A social media guide on climate change in Africa

Social media have turned the information and communication world upside down. Africa is not the most prominent continent when it comes to social media use, but penetration is increasing rapidly. Fashion, sport and pop culture in Africa are all making use of social media, but so is development. Particularly for complex issues that require inputs from … 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