In preparation for the two workshops, members of the Design Team have carried out site visits to Asia (India and Sri Lanka) and Africa (Mali and Zambia). These site visit included visits to agricultural universities, research institutions, extension organizations and farming communities.
The objective of these visits was to incorporate input from African and South Asian partners early on and to assist the team in identifying key elements and components of a collaborative agricultural information system, such as:
- Outlining and identifying particular problems with access to quality agriculture information;
- Identifying if there are critical knowledge gaps in agriculture;
- Who should be the target audience initially and who could benefit most from access to this information; and 4) what are the different technical environments across the Asian and African regions that must be accommodated.
The purpose of these visits was also to test local reaction at all levels, including government, private sector, higher education, extension, and small farmers, to some of the basic strategies to be considered during the workshops. These strategies include modular curriculums delivered via a variety of technological alternatives and developing more integral community-based knowledge systems. A full report for each site visit will be posted below.
For a Microsoft Word version of the Design Team's Site Visit to Africa and Asia please open the attachments below. For PDF reports please click on "India and Sri Lanka" and "Mali and Zambia" listed above.
|Site Visit to AFRICA Report.doc||881 KB|
|Site Visit to SOUTH ASIA Report.doc||783 KB|