The status of Agricultural Information Communication and Knowledge management in Southern Africa
One of the key mandates for CCARDESA is to facilitate information and knowledge sharing among stakeholders in southern Africa. It is a mammoth task given that countries are doing different activities to facilitate information and knowledge sharing among researchers, extension, and development partners at national levels. The 15 member states are at different levels of development in terms of knowledge sharing infrastructure in as much as they differ in priorities.
CCARDESA undertook a study during 2015-2016 to understand the overall terrain of agricultural information communication and knowledge management in the region. A regional report was developed based on feedback provided by a team of focal people which were appointed by SADC member states to work with CCARDESA in information Communication and Knowledge Management (ICKM). The report indicates that countries are using traditional means of information sharing like printed publications, libraries and other forms of gatherings to share information. Innovative use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools to facilitate information flow is being adopted in various degrees. Though South Africa reported more ICT innovations like use of mobile phone technologies and several web based platforms, deliberate government interventions in strengthening the internet backbone in other member states are seeing a proliferation of ICT driven information and knowledge sharing systems in agriculture.
The report is a must read for all who want understand the status of agricultural information and knowledge sharing in the region. It is based on feedback from Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Swaziland, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The full report is available HERE