INASP marks its 20th anniversary with a symposium on research communication for development

On 20 June 2012, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, or INASP in short, held a symposium to mark its 20th anniversary. Presentations and discussions focused on research communication and avenues to improve and enhance research uptake for development.

INASP is “an international development charity that supports global research communication with particular focus on the needs of developing and emerging countries. Its goal is to contribute to sustainable and equitable development by strengthening the research communication cycle (availability, access, use, creation and uptake).”

Featured presentations were made under the following themes:

  • Technical solutions to information access: Build it and they will come?
  • Delivering scholarly literature: The world at your fingertips?
  • Doing the right thing: Trust me, I’m a policy maker?

The presentations are now available from the symposium website. Worth checking out for view points on open access, sharing of research knowledge and putting research into use.


‘Extreme Makeover’ for farms: Shamba Shape-Up Kenyan TV show provides new outlook to farmer education

A new Kenyan reality TV show, Shamba Shape-Up, takes a fresh approach to agricultural extension and farmer education by adapting the ‘Extreme Makeover’ concept to a typical Kenyan smallholder farm. Read more about the making of the show in this article from the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog.

Below is the first episode of the show. You can view the other episodes (in English and Kiswahili) at this web page:

NOTE: If you need any information about Shamba Shape Up or anything featured on the show, please contact the producers with your query. Their email address is I am not involved in the production of the show. I just wrote this blog post because it was an interesting story.

AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair kicks off in Addis Ababa

A unique, participatory meeting is currently underway at the Addis Ababa campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), aimed at showcasing the diverse wealth of agricultural knowledge in Africa.

The AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair runs from 18-21 October 2010 and brings together some 300 participants from the agricultural knowledge value chain, including farmers, extension workers, rural development agents, advocacy and development NGOs, international agencies, national and international research institutes, women’s networks, academics, development projects, governments, private companies and the media.

Four learning pathways — on climate change, land, livestock and water — will integrate key knowledge processes and major knowledge spaces in a participatory process of mapping, sharing and connecting the people attending.

In addition, there will be several parallel focus group discussions on the following topics:

  • Advisory services
  • Documenting farmer knowledge
  • Gender and AgKnowledge
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Intellectual property
  • Making Agknowledge travel
  • Mobile devices
  • Online platforms
  • Reporting agriculture
  • Spatial data
  • Spoken web
  • Storytelling
  • Telecentres
  • Traducture
  • Value chains
  • Youth and AgKnowledge
  • The Writeshop process

Social media tools will be used throughout the event to record and share the wide range of activities that will be taking place, so do check out Twitter (#sfaddis) and the Share Fair blog.