Programme 1: Knowledge Management

Asia-Pacific agri-food systems are increasingly dependent on the use of knowledge to strengthen innovation processes, such as technology generation, adaptation, and application. Stronger processes for collecting, analysing, organizing, accessing, using and sharing scientific information for knowledge creation, problem solving and decision making are required. Combined with partnership and networking, capacity development and advocacy, knowledge management can better facilitate engagement and collaboration that contribute to improved scaling up and out of successful agricultural practices, enhanced agricultural investment, and a higher level of trust among stakeholders.

APAARI strives to use improved knowledge management as an overarching programme to strengthen agri-food research and innovation systems and is well positioned to do so. Through collective actions, APAARI has a critical role in informing its partners and other stakeholders about the strategic investments, policies and programmes that can develop the regional knowledge base as an essential foundation for sustainable transformation of agriculture and agri-food systems. APAARI intends to enhance knowledge management through the following strategies:

1. Agri-food systems made more knowledge intensive to effectively contribute to sustainable agricultural development

  • Promote processes for knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration between primary stakeholders
  • Promote tools for enhanced knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration

2. AFRIS strengthened through more effective knowledge management

  • Enhance knowledge sharing and engagement to enable faster technology, innovation and policy development
  • Develop skills and capacity of stakeholders in knowledge management
  • Improve scientific data management to make it available for analysis and knowledge creation

APAARI members and partners will implement these strategies, for example, by coordinating and facilitating face-to-face and online interactions; facilitating participation and engagement of primary stakeholders in regional and global events; sharing information and knowledge for faster scaling up and out of successful innovations; improving communication tools, such as website and social media; linking with knowledge tools of members and partners; training and mentoring of primary stakeholders in improving data collection, analysis and evaluation, and using knowledge tools; supporting projects that improve data collection for research, compilation, management, analysis, evaluation and application, e.g. Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) Project; and disseminating data.

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