Strategic Objective: Use and sharing of information and knowledge in the agricultural sector effectively enhanced
The Programme ‘Information and Knowledge’ is an important area in NARI for effectively participating in the AR4D system. Using and sharing relevant agricultural information, technologies and innovations generated through research and appropriately packaged can make a major contribution to increasing agricultural productivity and changes in the lives of rural farming communities.
However, often these are not available or easily accessible to the farming communities and other intermediate stakeholders and partners in the AR4D system. Other constraints include a lack of effective extension service delivery mechanism and extension networks to provide the necessary access, sharing and use of agricultural information and knowledge.
Farming communities are therefore disadvantaged and miss out on the necessary opportunities. In response to above mentioned constraints, this Programme’s strategies focus on improving packaging and dissemination of information, improvement of information system and facilities, and improved access to and understanding of livelihood options and adult learning. Table 1 identifies sub-programme objectives and indicative focus of project portfolios.
Portfolios of sub-programmes 1 and 2 are closely linked to portfolios in the other three NARI Programmes. These respond to more specific information and knowledge needs of farming communities in different ADDs as well as other stakeholders in the agriculture sector including NARI research managers, scientific experts (e.g. NARI and partner researchers in other national and international organisations), development agents, extensions agents, policy makers and the general public.
The Programme also provides and plays an essential part in sharing information and knowledge to address cross cutting issues such as gender disparity, HIV/AIDS, climate change, food security, and youth among others. The Information and Knowledge Programme is coordinated from the Head Office in Lae, Morobe Province.