Global food crisis is developing

New Initiative

The Bioversity International, The program Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (GIAR ICT-KM), The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and The World Food Programme (WFP) are jointly organizing a 3-day event entitled Knowledge Share Fair with a motto “Better Ways to Share and Learn. Better ways of Working”, for Agricultural Development and Food Security to be held at the FAO Headquarters from January from 20-22 2009.

The Share Fair will provide an interactive experience, allowing staff and the Rome based constituents to:

Share and learn from each others good practices; Experiment with tools and methodologies for knowledge sharing; Create linkages and networks for future collaboration between the organizations; Develop ideas to support and enhance knowledge sharing within and across the organizations.

The purpose of the event is to showcase examples of good knowledge sharing practices in the field of agricultural development and food security. Specifically, the Fair Was structured to allow staff to learn from each other how knowledge sharing practices, methods and tools have enhanced their work and made their project(s) more successful and effective.

In view of evolving needs in stakeholder countries, declining budgetary resources, and the global information society that is emerging, the opportunity and need for the Rome based international organizations to “work together”, particularly in the area of information and knowledge management, is prevalent now as never before. Bearing this in mind, the Rome-based agencies, Bioversity International, CGIAR ICT-KM programme, FAO, IFAD and WFP, are jointly co-organizing their first Knowledge “Share Fair” in order to enable their Staff to showcase, recreate and invent ways to share knowledge and improve access to it.

This stems form the realization that we all have something to share and we all have something to learn from each other. Also, we share best with those we know and trust. Not only that: we share best once we know what it is each of us wants to know.

The Share Fair aims to be a positively interactive event, providing the possibility for Staff to showcase their experiences in knowledge sharing and, at the same, time learning from each other.

The FAO Atrium will be transformed into a colorful market place. Market stalls and booths, along with workshops and short presentation sessions aim to provide an ideal opportunity for lively discussions and getting to know people. The Fair will showcase approaches for synthesizing knowledge in a way that makes it readily useful for the next person or teams wanting to learn from previous experiences. Interestingly, knowledge sharing is more than just sharing; it is about “working together”, “helping each other” and “collaboration”.

During the coached and facilitated sessions, there will be opportunities to learn together how the key principles of sharing link to real life experiences and work.

Networking is at the heart of personal and inter-personal knowledge sharing and management. It is about people connecting with people, linking ideas and resources and applying solutions to their own work to achieve best impact. With this in mind, time for networking has been quite deliberately built into the agenda through coffee breaks, poster sessions and video/online demonstrations.

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