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Institutionalising experience capitalisation for the future

Shari-Ann Palmer
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Development initiatives have come and gone, and with them a plethora of experiences and knowledge that, if properly harnessed, could help the success of future projects. Unfortunately, lessons from many of these projects are not documented, not shared, and therefore not used.

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The figures speak volumes – the world’s farmers are getting older, but the global population is getting younger. Nowhere is this truer than in Africa, where the average age of a farmer is now over 60. Worldwide, the number of people aged 15 to 24 is expected to increase to 1.3 billion by 2050 (UN DESA, 2011), most of whom will be born in developing countries in Africa and Asia, where more than half the population still live in rural areas.

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At the 2018 African Agribusiness Incubator Network (AAIN) Conference and Expo, held from 7–9 March in Dakar, Senegal, CTA held an interactive session on how the incubation of women and youth entrepreneurs in agribusiness could be supported through ICT knowledge sharing and peer learning. As one of the co-organisers, CTA also sponsored 30 participants, comprising women and youth agripreneurs, ICT entrepreneurs, and a knowledge management team.

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The “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is being implemented in different parts of the world by CTA, in collaboration with FAO and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financial support from IFAD.

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Learning from Experience

Development projects frequently come to an end without those involved having time to analyse the lessons learned and ensure that their activities have a lasting impact. A three-year project managed by CTA and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was launched in 2016 to tackle this problem. The ‘Capitalising on Experiences for Greater Impact on Rural Development’ project helps individuals and organisations reflect on their activities, write about their experiences which can be applied to future initiatives.

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The “Capitalisation of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is being implemented in different parts of the world by CTA, in collaboration with FAO and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and with financial support from IFAD. The project began in April 2016 and lasts for 3 years, with the aim to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalisation process in rural development initiatives.

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The effects of climate change are more and more clear and even worrying in some parts of the Pacific Islands. Herman P. Semes observes the challenge of climate variability and change every day. Chief of Pohsoain, a farming community of 80 inhabitants located on the Pohnpei Island of the Federated States of Micronesia, Semes believes livelihoods can be improved with new knowledge. “We grew up knowing that during the year, there are times when there is going to be rainy season

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Spreading the word: the benefits of effective knowledge management

Krishan Bheenick, Senior Programme Coordinator of Knowledge Management at CTA, explains the value of knowledge management techniques such as experience capitalisation, which are being introduced as part of CTA’s Southern Africa Flagship Project with the aim to build smallholder farmers’ resilience through the adoption of climate smart agriculture.

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