The 2022 edition of the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) Challenge came to an end with the conclusion of the second continental conference on KM4AgD.
The annual initiative consists of recruiting a certain number of fellows and building their capacities in knowledge management (KM), for three (03) months.
For this year, twenty-seven (27) participants from twenty (20) countries were recruited and trained from June to September, in the best techniques and practices to develop and implement effective knowledge management strategies.
A Growing the KM4AgD Community of Practice
The KM4AgD Challenge 2022 thus ends with the graduation of the participants who have just completed an intense training program.
“I’d like to congratulate you for your resilience and your persistance. And I commend you on your anticipated good services,” declared Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), towards the new KM experts.
The new experts trained in the framework of this initiative join de facto the twenty-eight (28) of last year’s promotion, in the KM4AgD Community of Practice.
The KM4AgD Challenge is an initiative that will ultimately contribute to build a critical mass of Knowledge Management specialists who will help drive knowledge-based agricultural development. I give my congratulations to the graduating Class of 2022 on completing the program. The graduated fellows will undoubtedly put the knowledge acquired to the benefit of their institutions and their communities,”said Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, CORAF Executive Director.
The members of the 2022 batch were presented by the implementing partners of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program ex Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4), and other partner organizations, as follows:
- The West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF) – five (05) participants;
- The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) – four (04) participants;
- The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) – two (02) participants;
- The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) – four (04) participants;
- The international movement of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) : four (04) participants;
- The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR): seven (07) participants; and
- The African Union Commission (AUC): one (01) participant.
Advancing KM4AgD Agenda in Africa
The KM4AgD 2022 conference also provided an opportunity for the CAADP-XP4 KM working group —Andrianjafy Rasoanindrainy (AFAAS), Ben Ilakut (ASARECA), Benjamin Abugri (FARA), Bilal Tairou (CORAF), Bridget Kakuwa (CCARDESA)— and other partners like OneCGIAR, AUC, YPARD, etc. to reflect and make recommendations for moving the KM4AgD agenda forward in Africa.
These recommendations revolve around five (05) key pillars which are:
- KM partnership framework for Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) in Africa: developing a collective framework that guides the AR4D activities with regards to KM.
- Knowledge partnerships and resource mobilization: establishing a KM funds to be able to implement the KM agenda for agricultural development and its sustainability.
- Knowledge inclusion – gender, disability and indigenous knowledge: integrating all of these dimensions into KM and valuing positive social and cultural norms.
- Knowledge hub et digitalization : ensuring that all the knowledge generated is centralized at national and regional levels, and also digitized. Governments, public and regional institutions, are called upon to take the lead in this sense.
- Advanced knowledge processes, traditional knowledge, knowledge and fake news : this is about adapting to the fast-pacing evolution of the world and knowledge, promoting cultural exchange programs and the traditional and indigenous knowledge, and developing a more targeted approach to fight fake news.
The CAADP-XP4 KM working group remains convinced that if actions are well carried out in this direction with the right synergies, it will be able to achieve the sustainable development and the CAADP Malabo goals.
CAADP-XP4 supports the KM4AgD Challenge. The European Union Commission funds the programme and the administration of the fundings is entrusted to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).