Monday, January 19, 2009

Exploring "knowledge databases on good practices" by Nadia Manning-Thomas

In the second session period of the day (15:30-16:45), I am facilitating the session on ‘Knowledge databases on good practices’ in the Pakistan room.
This session had only one project being presented (in the end), including:

**TECA- Technology for Agriculture: Proven technologies for smallholders (FAO)
We are starting with a brief introduction to each project, then moving into a more in-depth ‘peer assist’ type method, and ending with a discussion on effectiveness of approach and any challenges.
It is about sharing technologies for small scale farmers worldwide. - explained Karin Nichterlein (FAO)
There are some principles behind this approach:
  • good practices
  • technologies which have been field-tested in multiple locations, multiple seasons
  • that the technologies should have a level of maturity
  • they have to be public goods
  • they should be developed through participatory development involving users and other stakeholders
  • should contribute to food security
  • should increase yield
  • should be easily adaptable to locations and user groups
  • should require low inputs
  • should contribute to sustainable use of natural resources
They are working closely with a number of partners.

Content is available in a number of languages.

The process for the input of technologies into TECA is as follows
  • Classification
  • Synopsis
  • Description
Luis, also working on TECA, then gave a demonstration of the website to the group.
Since all the technologies are classified you have a number of criteria you can use for searching for technologies.

Original post on ICT-KM Blog.

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