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Collective Action News: Past Issues

With the last issue vol. 26 of the Newsletter released this month, below is a list of all past issues that the programme has published.

Issue 26:  Regional Collective Action Wraps Up

Issue 25: Agriculture and Rural Development Day at the Cancún Climate Change Conference

Issue 24: Hope For the Future: Sowing the Seeds for Agricultural Research in Somalia

Issue 23: Rwanda launches Irrigation Master Plan

Issue 22:  South Africa to Burkina Faso: African Agricultural Innovation in a Changing Global Environment

Issue 21: Developing Africa’s Agricultural Markets 

Issue 20: 2010 International Day of Biodiversity celebrations

Issue 19: Highlights from GCARD

Issue 18: Regional Partnerships to Strengthen the Seed Industry

Issue 17: CGMap Ongoing Research in Africa: Empowering, Informative, Exciting

Issue 16: Regional Collective Action: Achievements to Date

Issue 15: Agriculture and Rural Development in the Copenhagen Climate Change Talks

Issue 14: Update on the CGIAR Reform Process

Issue 13: Disaster Risk Reduction: Addressing the longer term issues

Issue 12: Online Consultations to Enhance Agricultural Research for Development

Issue 11: Rising Food Prices in Eastern and Southern Africa Revisited: Lifting Trade Barriers Is Still the Answer

Issue 10: Managing the Fertility of Africa’s Soils: The Case for Collective Action

Issue 9: Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Food Security: Hype or hope?

Issue 8: Priority Actions on Agricultural Markets? Not Easy At a Market of Ideas!

Issue 7: Climate and agriculture in East Africa: The future is mixed – April Collective Action News

Issue 6: Food Price Rises: Global Smiles, Regional Frowns?

Issue 5: Connecting the Dots: Online Maps for Improved Access to Information on Agricultural Research Projects

Issue 4: Could 150 Million Thirsty Livestock Be Efficient Water Harvesters? Nile Basin Studies Show How

Issue 3: Lessons from Kampala: Will Urban Farming Make a Difference?

Issue 2: Where Science and Emergencies Meet: As Crises Become More Frequent, Agricultural Research Finds a Big New Role

Issue 1: Food Price Rises: Is Regional Trade the Answer?

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Survey Findings; What You Had To Say and What We Are Going To Do

Client feed back and responding to customers needs are crucial to the success of any enterprise. It is in the same line of thought, that motivated our first ever evaluation survey of the CGIAR Research Map (a project database of the research carried out by CGIAR centers in Africa) since the inception of the online map in February this year.

The survey was administered to scientist from 13 different CGIAR centers.

Your conclusion; the map is a useful tool for finding out what the CGIAR is doing in Africa that should to be utilised more by the CG centers and  their partners.

The Survey Findings

Major reasons that respondents reported to be using the map for comprised, a. browsing to find out what research is being undertaken, where and by whom, b. see which projects are active in a country, c. look for additional information on previous work done for proposal write up and project reporting, d. look for potential partners, particularly during development of new proposals and, e. populate or update the map with project information

Additional features and comments about the map

In summary they included;

  1. More search-able fields
  2. Map legend
  3. Additional project details including;
    1. Project objectives and activities
    2. Project outputs and achievements
    3. Hot links to projects home page, key publications and other related documents
  4. Research partners institutional email addresses
  5. Highlights on achievements of collaboration
  6. Scientific information needs to be consolidated for more use by NARS. More training modules/ materials and other database could be made available online for our colleagues in the NARS

The Good News
We are at advanced stages in upgrading the existing map and happy to be reporting that the development of this new system is mainly driven by your recommendations in addition to our own quality improvement goals!

What to expect

  1. Powerful search facility based on;
    1. Research areas, which are; Agro-biodversity, Climate Change, Crops, Eco-system management, Fisheries, Forestry and Agroforestry, Land management, Livestock, Market access, Policy and Institution, Seed systems, Soils and Water management
    2. Lead center
    3. Project start and end dates
  2. Additional project details including; projects overview and ‘hot links’ to project homepage and other publications
  3. In addition to the map view there will also be a list view of the projects, making browsing and retrieval of information a much easier and rewarding task
  4. Overall, a richer user interface, including user defined roles that will make you want to spend the whole day on the site 🙂

The new polished map will be ready by mid  December and contributors will be able to add additional and also new information to the map during this period.

Click on this link to visit the map

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