PRESS RELEASE – FARA ANNOUNCES THE MAIDEN EDITION OF THE CONTINENTAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

 PRESS RELEASE – FARA ANNOUNCES THE MAIDEN EDITION OF THE CONTINENTAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

30/11/2021ACCRA – The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in partnership with Continental and Sub-Regional Agricultural Research organizations, including the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA)CORAF and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA), announces the maiden edition of the Continental Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) Conference under the theme: Strengthening the Knowledge Ecosystem for Improved Agricultural Productivity in Africa.

The Continental Conference has been organized in collaboration with the Knowledge for Development Partnership (K4DP), Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR). The three-day conference will take place from December 7th to December 9th, 2021, in Accra, with physical attendance strictly limited to 40 guests from over 20 African countries. The online version will be open to the general public (register here).

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA, will open the maiden Conference on December 7th, 2021, followed by a series of goodwill statements from partner organizations.  Dr. Sarah Cummings, a leading voice of the global Knowledge Management Community (KM4Dev) and a Director at the K4DP, will deliver the keynote titled: A sixth generation of knowledge management for development? Implications for agriculture in Africa. It will be followed by a presentation on “Advancing the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A), CAADP Malabo targets, and the SDGs agenda in Africa through KM for improved production and productivity in Africa” by Dr Irene Annor-Frempong, Coordinator for the LEAP4FNSSA Project and former Director for Research and Innovation at FARA. The 28 participants in the 2021 KM4AgD Challenge will take turns to present their draft countries’ KM Concepts and Challenges for input and validation.

Presentations of concepts and challenges produced in the KM4AgD Challenge will continue on Day 2 (December 8th, 2021). The final day will be dedicated to validating the 10 KM briefs developed from the 10 identified Challenges, inaugurating the Africa Knowledge management Community of Practice for Artificial Intelligence; a presentation on the implications of fake news and misinformation by Prof Kimir Dalkir of McGill University (Canada) and the concept of Knowledge Art by Dr. Andreas Brandner, a founding director of the K4DP; a special awards ceremony to honour successful candidates in the 2021 Challenge with certificates and an International Knowledge Management Award Ceremony to honour the 2021 Global prestigious KM Excellence award recipients, and presentation of the conference communique.

 This Conference is organized under the CAADP-XP4 Programme, funded by the European Union (EU) and administered by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Dr. Aggrey Agumya, Director for Research and Innovation at FARA, will anchor the Conference with Mr Benjamin Abugri, Knowledge Management, Learning, and Communications Lead Specialist at FARA, and Dr. Andreas Brandner, Director at K4DP and faculty Coordinator for the 2021 KM4AgD Challenge.

 About FARA  

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research for development (AR4D). FARA is the designated technical Institution of the African Union Commission and the African Union Development Agency on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.

For more information, visit:   http://www.km4agd.faraafrica.org / www.faradatainforms.faraafrica.org and www.faraafrica.org  or

contact Mr Benjamin Abugri babugri@faraafrica.org  & Daniel Peprah dpeprah@faraafrica.org  

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