02 December 2007

AgInfo developments at FARA

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) brings together major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa. It has taken on increasingly important information exchange, networking and communication roles - facilitating access to information developed and interpreted to fit the African context and promoting information exchange and learning by all actors in agricultural value chains.

One of the centrepieces of its 'Access to Knowledge and Technologies' function is its Regional Agricultural Information and Learning System (RAILS) programme. Kicked off in January 2007, RAILS is a five year project funded by the African Development Bank. Its major objective is to enhance access, retrieval and use of agricultural information and technologies by African agricultural research for development stakeholders. It particularly works through sub-regional organisations like ASARECA-RAIN, CORAF/WECARD, and SADC/FANR.

The general idea is to catalyse and facilitate better use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve African access to global information on agriculture, to improve the contribution of African scientists to the global pool of agricultural information, and to ensure that the users of all this information have access to learning tools to turn it into useful knowledge.

FARA's Dady Demby introduces RAILS:

en français :

In recent months, FARA has also started a blog to share news and updates relevant to agricultural research and innovation in Africa.


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