15 July 2009

Monty Jones on open access to AgInfo in Africa

Accra, 15 July 2009: In today’s keynote address to the IAALD Africa conference, Monty Jones – Executive Director of FARA and World Food prize laureate - argued that open access, to transform African agriculture, must:
  • catalyse innovations
  • improve African knowledge management
  • strengthen Africa’s capacities to build its own capactities
  • promote enabling policies
  • facilitate access to markets
Arguing that “all of us should be doing advocacy in one way or the other,” he also posed some key questions to attain opening access:
  • Are we advocating to the right people and the right institutions?
  • Do we have the right systems for the intended users?
  • Do the users have the skills and infrastructure to access the Knowledge?
  • Do we have the appropriate institutional policies?
  • Do we have the platforms that practitioners need to share and learn?
  • How do we build and how do we manage knowledge - among all the different actors?

FARA website
AgInfo Africa newsfeed
Open AgInfo newsfeed
IAALD Africa presentations

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