ICM and agriculture workshop for Pacific islands

By Seniorl Anzu

The interventions of information communication management (ICM) in agriculture development will take centre stage later this month as major agricultural agencies in the Pacific gather in Fiji for a regional workshop.

The workshop, titled “Moving Beyond Strategy to Improve Information and Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development in the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories” will take place in Nadi from November 21-24.

The event will bring together senior policy makers, research and innovation managers, ICM experts and those involved in extension (all actors in the agricultural innovation chain) to discuss and offer recommendations for action by actors in agricultural innovation in how Pacific Island states can improve their information and knowledge management to meet current and emerging challenges to agricultural development by partnering locally, within the Pacific states and with the global community.

The four-day event is being organised by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, Global Forum on Agricultural Research and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

According to APAARI, the participants will also discuss how their organizations and
institutions can implement recommended strategies for the Pacific Island States using experiences, tools, applications etc., as generated by the global community through the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development and how they can contribute to improving information access locally, within PICTs, regionally and globally through active collaboration and partnership.

They will discuss the implications of mobile technologies, Web 2.0 and the emerging
“Semantic” and “Symbiotic” Web in providing information to users in agricultural innovation and market chains and via a technical hands-on session on Web 2.0 tools and technologies.

The meeting follows requests from Pacific island countries after an Asia-Pacific event in Bangkok, Thailand, last year. FAO, APAARI and other partners have been working on promoting good practices and sharing experiences among countries in the Asia Pacific region on good practices in agriculture supported by innovative interventions in information communication technology.

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A team of Pacific Islanders with officials from APAARI and FAO during a similar workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2010

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