Knowledge management in agriculture is crucial factor concerned with ways of exchanging knowledge among those who can develop it and those who can use it. Knowledge management programs, based on this approach, attempt to manage the process of information exchange between groups of specialists, companies, and research and development (R&D) organizations. Different empirical studies have shown that knowledge, in fact, cannot be easily generated in research organizations, and passed down.
Consequently, recommendations focus on organizational practices such as information technology, communities of practice, expert systems, intranets and other networking tools and communication technologies as well as investment in R&D and the building of partnerships between research institutes and companies.
Realizing the importance of knowledge management in agriculture, an international conference on Innovative Approaches for Agricultural Knowledge Management: Global Extension Experiences was organized by the International Society of Extension Education, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and with the partnership of Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS), Maharashtra Society of Extension Education (MSEE), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), Alcorn State University and Iowa State University on 9-12 November 2011 at New Delhi, India.
More than 400 participants from the fields of agricultural research, extension, and information and communication technologies participated in the conference. The main aim of the conference was to address the issues and knowledge gap for the benefits of different stakeholders operating under various agricultural innovation systems by facilitating the deliberation and confluence of ideology and experiences in order to understand, develop and share innovative knowledge management strategies for agricultural development.
This publication presents the major outcome and recommendations emanated from the deliberations held in various technical sessions under different themes of this conference.